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Time Zone: Okaloosa County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Crestview is the Seat for Okaloosa County.

Okaloosa County was founded June 13, 1915. Okaloosa was created by taking area from Santa Rosa and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Okaloosa had a population of 178,473 people. This is an increase of 4.68% since the last Census (which gave a population of 170,498 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Okaloosa represented 1.07% of the total population of Florida, making it the state's 24th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010180,822+6.06%+1.32% since 2009
2009178,473+4.68%-0.59% since 2008
2008179,529+5.3%-0.76% since 2007
2007180,911+6.11% 
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2000170,498The Last Census

More information can be found on the Okaloosa County Census Page for Okaloosa County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Okaloosa County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Okaloosa County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Crestview   19,86814,76634.55% increase  
Fort Walton Beach   18,58519,9736.95% decrease  
Destin   12,64111,11913.69% increase  
Niceville   12,12611,6843.78% increase  
Valparaiso   5,8406,4088.86% decrease  

Websites for Okaloosa County

Official Website:   www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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