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Santa Rosa County, Florida

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Santa Rosa County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 151,372. Its county seat is Milton.

Santa Rosa County is included in the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Santa Rosa County Name

Rosa de Viterbo, Roman Catholic Saint.


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County History

Santa Rosa County was created in 1842. It was named for Santa Rosa Island, Florida


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,174 square miles (3,040 km2), of which, 1,017 square miles (2,634 km2) of it is land and 157 square miles (406 km2) of it (13.35%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Escambia County, Ala.
  • East: Okaloosa County
  • South: Gulf of Mexico
  • West: Escambia County


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