Okaloosa County, Florida

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Okaloosa County is a county located in the state of Florida. Located in northwest Florida, it extends from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alabama state line. As of the 2000 census, the population was 170,498. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 182,172. [1] The 2009 estimate for the county is 178,473 people. Its county seat is Crestview.

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History

Okaloosa County was created by an act passed June 3, 1915.[2] Okaloosa is a Choctaw word meaning "black water". "Oka" means water, and "lusa" is black in the Choctaw language. It is a very significant county for its many accomplishments.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,082 square miles (2,802 km²), of which 936 square miles (2,423 km²) is land and 146 square miles (379 km²) (13.53%) is water. Fort Walton Beach and three United States Air Force bases, (Duke Field in the North and Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field located in the south).

Okaloosa County is the sole county in the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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