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Okaloosa County, Florida

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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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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 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.

Neighboring Counties:

  • 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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