Niceville, Florida

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Niceville, Florida
Niceville City Hall, September 2014.
Niceville City Hall, September 2014.
Location in Okaloosa County and the state of Florida
Location in Okaloosa County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°30′58″N 86°28′18″W / 30.51611°N 86.47167°W / 30.51611; -86.47167Coordinates: 30°30′58″N 86°28′18″W / 30.51611°N 86.47167°W / 30.51611; -86.47167
Country United States
State Florida
County Okaloosa
Area
 • Total14.00 sq mi (36.25 km2)
 • Land13.51 sq mi (34.98 km2)
 • Water0.49 sq mi (1.27 km2)
Elevation
36 ft (11 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total12,749
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
15,972
 • Density1,182.59/sq mi (456.60/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
32578, 32588
Area code(s)850
FIPS code12-48750[3]
GNIS feature ID0294621[4]
Websitewww.cityofniceville.org

Niceville is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States, located near Eglin Air Force Base on Boggy Bayou that opens into Choctawhatchee Bay.

The population was 11,684 at the 2000 census. The 2010 census population for Niceville was 12,749.[5]

Niceville is part of the Fort Walton BeachCrestviewDestin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

When mail service began on July 21, 1868, the city was known as Boggy,[6] and on November 5, 1910, the name was officially changed to Niceville.[7] The name Niceville was selected by the postmaster's daughter.[8] In 1915, Niceville became part of newly formed Okaloosa County after previously being in Walton County.[9] It is a twin city along with Valparaiso, which borders it on the west side of the city.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29 km2), of which 10.9 square miles (28 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940948
19502,497163.4%
19604,51780.9%
19704,155−8.0%
19808,543105.6%
199010,50723.0%
200011,68411.2%
201012,7499.1%
2019 (est.)15,972[2]25.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of census[3] of 2000, there were 11,684 people, 4,637 households, and 3,385 families living in the city. The population density was 1,069.8 inhabitants per square mile (413.1/km2). There were 4,907 housing units at an average density of 449.3 per square mile (173.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.25% White, 4.58% African American, 0.74% Native American, 3.20% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.71% of the population.

Of the 4,637 households 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 21.8% of households were one person and 7.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.89.

The age distribution was 23.0% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median household income was $45,685 and the median family income was $51,627. Males had a median income of $34,583 versus $20,987 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,175. About 7.2% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Schools[edit]

Arts and culture[edit]

The Boggy Fest, previously known as the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, was held annually in Niceville.[11]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Index of /census_2010/03-Demographic_Profile/Florida". .census.gov. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  6. ^ Law #16 The Acts and Resolutions Adopted by the Legislature of Florida
  7. ^ Post Office Records at Baker Block Museum
  8. ^ Morgan, Philip (May 12, 1996). "Take a ride on weird side of Florida". Ocala Star-Banner. pp. 4B. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  9. ^ General Laws of Florida, Regular Session 1915 Chapter 6937 No. 131
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Boggy Fest, Niceville - MulletFestival.com".

External links[edit]

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