Okaloosa County, Florida


Okaloosa County, Florida
Okaloosa County, Florida
Seal of Okaloosa County, Florida
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Map of Florida highlighting Okaloosa County
Location in the state of Florida
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Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded June 13, 1915
Seat Crestview
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,082.00 sq mi (2,802 km²)
935.63 sq mi (2,423 km²)
146.37 sq mi (379 km²), 13.53%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

180,822
193/sq mi (74.62/km²)
Website www.co.okaloosa.fl.us

Okaloosa County is a county located in the state of Florida. Located in northwest Florida, it extends from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alabama state line. As of the 2000 census, the population was 170,498. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 182,172.[1] The 2009 estimate for the county is 196,237 people. Its county seat is Crestview.

Okaloosa County is coextensive with the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) designated by the Office of Management and Budget. Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and Destin are designated as the principal cities of the MSA. The Fort Walton Beach, Florida Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area was first defined in 1981. In 2003 Crestview and Destin were named principal cities, and the MSA name was changed to its present form.

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History

Okaloosa County was created by an act passed June 3, 1915.[2] Okaloosa is a Choctaw word meaning "black water". "Oka" means water, and "lusa" is black in the Choctaw language.

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,082.00 square miles (2,802.4 km2), of which 935.63 square miles (2,423.3 km2) (or 86.47%) is land and 146.37 square miles (379.1 km2) (or 13.53%) is water.[3] Fort Walton Beach and three United States Air Force bases, (Duke Field in the North and Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field are located in the south).

Okaloosa County is the sole county in the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1920 9,360
1930 9,897 5.7%
1940 12,900 30.3%
1950 27,533 113.4%
1960 61,175 122.2%
1970 88,187 44.2%
1980 109,920 24.6%
1990 143,776 30.8%
2000 170,498 18.6%
2010 180,822 6.1%
[4][5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 170,498 people, 66,269 households, and 46,520 families residing in the county. The population density was 182 people per square mile (70/km²). There were 78,593 housing units at an average density of 84 per square mile (32/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.41% White, 9.10% Black or African American, 0.60% Native American, 2.47% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.33% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. 4.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 66,269 households out of which 33.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,474, and the median income for a family was $47,711. Males had a median income of $30,977 versus $21,961 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,918. About 6.60% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 6.50% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Okaloosa County is one of the most conservative counties in Florida. Incumbent George W. Bush won the county in 2004 with 78% of the popular vote and in 2008 the Republican candidate John McCain polled 72%.[7]

Places

Incorporated

  1. Town of Cinco Bayou
  2. City of Crestview
  3. City of Destin
  4. City of Fort Walton Beach
  5. City of Laurel Hill
  6. City of Mary Esther
  7. City of Niceville
  8. Town of Shalimar
  9. City of Valparaiso

Unincorporated

See also

References

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

Special districts

Judicial branch

Tourism links

Media links

Coordinates: 30°40′N 86°35′W / 30.67°N 86.59°W / 30.67; -86.59


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