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There are sixty-seven counties in the state of Florida. 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. Its last county was created in 1925 with the formation of Gilchrist County from a segment of Alachua County.

Okaloosa County, Florida

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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.

Etymology - Origin of Okaloosa County Name

This county is named for the Choctaw Indian words meaning , "black water", or "beautiful place". oka (water) and lusa (black).


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Okaloosa County History

Okaloosa County was formed in 1915. Okaloosa was an Indian word meaning "a pleasant place," "black water", or "beautiful place".

Geography: Land and Water

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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • 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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