Florida CountiesIn 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.
Okaloosa County, Florida
Okaloosa County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Choctaw Indian words oka (water) and lusa (black).
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Okaloosa County was formed in 1915. Okaloosa was an Indian word meaning "a pleasant place," "black water", or "beautiful place".
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,082 square miles (2,802 kmē), of which, 936
square miles (2,423 kmē) of it is land and 146 square miles (379 kmē) of it (13.53%) is water. Ft Walton Beach and
two United States Air Force bases (Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field) are located in the south.
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