Okaloosa County, Florida

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Okaloosa County, Florida
Crestview Okaloosa Cty crths01.jpg
The Okaloosa County courthouse in March 2008
Flag of Okaloosa County, Florida
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Seal of Okaloosa County, Florida
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Map of Florida highlighting Okaloosa County
Location in the U.S. state of Florida
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Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded September 7, 1915
Seat Crestview
Largest community Wright
Area
 • Total 1,082 sq mi (2,802 km2)
 • Land 930 sq mi (2,409 km2)
 • Water 152 sq mi (394 km2), 14.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 198,664
 • Density 502/sq mi (194/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.okaloosa.fl.us

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 2015 census, the population was 198,664.[1] Its county seat is Crestview.[2]

Okaloosa County is included in the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Okaloosa County was created by an act passed on September 7, 1915.[3] Okaloosa is a Choctaw word meaning "black water". "Oka" means water, and "lusa" is black in the Choctaw language.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,082 square miles (2,800 km2), of which 930 square miles (2,400 km2) is land and 152 square miles (390 km2) (14.0%) is water.[5] Fort Walton Beach and three United States Air Force bases, (Duke Field in the North and Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field are in the south).

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

State Parks and Forests[edit]

  • Blackwater River State Forest:189,594 acres spanning Okaloosa and neighboring Santa Rosa County.[6]
  • Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area: 357 acres of sand pine forest along Choctawhatchee Bay. The park provides facitities for camping, hiking, fishing, and canoeing. It is located five miles east of Niceville on State Road 20.[7]
  • Henderson Beach State Park: 1.3 miles of sugar sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico. The park provides facilities for camping, RV-ing, and picnicking, as well as a pavilion and boardwalk. It is located just east of downtown Destin on U.S. 98.[8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 9,360
1930 9,897 5.7%
1940 12,900 30.3%
1950 27,533 113.4%
1960 61,175 122.2%
1970 88,187 44.2%
1980 109,920 24.6%
1990 143,776 30.8%
2000 170,498 18.6%
2010 180,822 6.1%
Est. 2015 198,664 [9] 9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[14] of 2015, there were 198,664 people and 95,494 households. As of the census of 2010,the population density was 194.4 people per square mile (70/km²).

Link to statistics of racial makeup:[1]

  • White alone=81.5% (July 1, 2015)
  • Black or African American alone=10.2% (July 1, 2015)
  • American Native and Alaskan Native alone=0.7% (July 1, 2015)
  • Asian alone=3.2% (July 1, 2015)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone=0.3% (July 1, 2015)
  • Two or more races=4.1% (July 1, 2015)
  • Hispanic or Latino=8.6% (July 1 2015)

As of the 2015 census, there were 95,494 households. Within the 2010 census, 33.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.

According to the 2010 census, the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.50 males.

Within the 2015 census, the median income for a household in the county was $55,880. The per capita income for the county was $28,902. 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line.

Education[edit]

The county's public schools come under the Okaloosa County School District.

Libraries[edit]

Okaloosa County is served by the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative.

  • Robert L.F. Sikes Library
  • Destin Library
  • Fort Walton Beach Library
  • Mary Esther Public Library
  • Niceville Library
  • Valparaiso Community Library

Transportation[edit]

Airports[edit]

Surface Transportation[edit]

Okaloosa County Transit operates bus service in the county.[15]

Politics[edit]

Okaloosa County vote
by party in presidential elections
[16]
Year Republican Democratic
2016 70.4% 71,893 23.3% 23,780
2012 73.8% 70,168 24.6% 23,421
2008 71.8% 68,789 27.0% 25,872
2004 77.7% 69,693 21.6% 19,368
2000 73.7% 52,186 24.0% 16,989
1996 64.5% 40,683 26.1% 16,462
1992 53.1% 32,818 19.5% 12,038
1988 80.0% 40,389 19.3% 9,753
1984 83.5% 37,044 16.5% 7,304
1980 69.6% 28,072 26.9% 10,845
1976 55.9% 18,598 42.7% 14,210
1972 88.6% 23,303 10.8% 2,843
1968 26.5% 5,525 14.7% 3,059
1964 55.8% 9,961 44.2% 7,890
1960 36.2% 4,685 63.8% 8,263

Okaloosa County is one of the most conservative counties in Florida. Incumbent George W. Bush won the county in 2004 with 78% of the popular vote and in 2008 the Republican candidate John McCain polled 72%.[17] Mitt Romney won the county in 2012 with 73.86% (69,785) of the popular vote.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Hutchinson, Leonard Patrick, "History of the Playground Area of Northwest Florida", Great Outdoors Publishing Co., St. Petersburg, Florida, 1st ed., 1961, no Library of Congress card number, no ISBN, page 41.
  4. ^ Read, William (2008). Louisiana Place Names of Indian Origin: A Collection of Words. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-8173-8072-4. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ McGovern, Bernie (2011). Florida Almanac 2012. Pelican Publishing Company. p. 186. ISBN 9781589808461. 
  7. ^ McGovern, Bernie (2011). Florida Almanac 2012. Pelican Publishing Company. p. 214. ISBN 9781589808461. 
  8. ^ McGovern, Bernie (2011). Florida Almanac 2012. Pelican Publishing Company. p. 214. ISBN 9781589808461. 
  9. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  15. ^ http://rideoct.org/index.html
  16. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/
  17. ^ "2008 US Presidential Election Results by County - USATODAY.com". Content.usatoday.com. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 

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Coordinates: 30°40′N 86°35′W / 30.67°N 86.59°W / 30.67; -86.59