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Florida Counties 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.
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Okaloosa County, Florida
Okaloosa County Education, Geography, and History
Okaloosa County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Florida, extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the
Alabama state line. As of the 2010 census, the population was 180,822. Its county seat is Crestview.
Okaloosa County is included in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Okaloosa County Name
Choctaw Indian words oka (water) and lusa (black).
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Okaloosa County was formed in 1915. Okaloosa was an Indian word meaning "a pleasant place," "black water", or
According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,082 square miles (2,802 km2), of which, 936
square miles (2,423 km2) of it is land and 146 square miles (379 km2) 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.
- North: Covington County, Ala.
- East: Walton County
- South: Gulf of Mexico
- West: Santa Rosa County
- Northwest: Escambia County, Ala.
The county's public schools come under the Okaloosa County School District.
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