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In 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

County Seat: Crestview
Year Organized: 1915
Square Miles: 936
Court House:

101 E. James Lee Blvd, Rm. 105
County Courthouse
Crestview, FL 32536-3552

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Choctaw Indian words oka (water) and lusa (black).


County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

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.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Covington County, Ala.
  • East: Walton County
  • South: Gulf of Mexico
  • West: Santa Rosa County
  • Northwest: Escambia County, Ala.

Cities and Towns:

- Cinco Bayou town Incorporated Area
- Crestview (County Seat) city Incorporated Area
- Destin city Incorporated Area
- Fort Walton Beach city Incorporated Area
- Laurel Hill city Incorporated Area
- Mary Esther city Incorporated Area
- Niceville city Incorporated Area
- Shalimar town Incorporated Area
- Valparaiso city Incorporated Area

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