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Okaloosa County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the US state of Florida, extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the
Alabama state line. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 180,822.
Okaloosa County was created on June 3, 1915 from Santa
Rosa County and Walton County. The county seat is Crestview.
This county is named for the native word meaning "a pleasant place," "black water", or "beautiful place".
Okaloosa County is included in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.
This county is named for the Choctaw Indian words meaning , "black water", or "beautiful place". oka (water) and lusa (black).
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Okaloosa County was formed in 1915. Okaloosa was an Indian word meaning "a pleasant place," "black water", or "beautiful place".
As reported by the 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.
Okaloosa county is located in northwest Florida. Part of
Choctawhatchee National Forest, and part of Gulf Islands National
Seashore are located in Okaloosa county.
Bordering counties are as follows:
The county's public schools come under the Okaloosa County School District.