Okaloosa County

Okaloosa County is located in Northwest Florida bordering the Gulf of Mexico on the south, Alabama on the north, and Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. 

Okaloosa County was established in 1915 from portions of Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. Okaloosa is possibly derived from Choctaw meaning "water" and Lusa meaning "black" referring to the Blackwater River in Okaloosa County. 

Okaloosa County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
70,498
Population - 2010
180,822
Population - 2015 Est
191,898
Land Area (sq mi)
930
Water Area (sq mi)
152
Total Area (sq mi)
1,082
Average Rainfall
64
Temperature - Average High
81
Temperature - Average Low
52

Okaloosa County School District is headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. It has authority 54 schools altogether serving over 30,000 students.

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The Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center is a large but intimate theatre on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College.

The Niceville Public Library is part of the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative. Library cards are free to all residents of Okaloosa County.

News & Information for the Emerald Coast.

The Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative is made up of 6 libraries in Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Niceville, and Valparaiso. There is also a library lending machine in Baker.

The Valparaiso Community Library is a library in Valparaiso. It is part of the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative.

We are a group of home educators that reside in Okaloosa county on Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast. We see childhood as a natural process and as such seek for the most appropriate and natural approaches to raising and teaching our children. 

GCCHEA, a Christian homeschool group, is one of the largest homeschool groups in the area. A large close-knit community of homeschoolers in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties offers an extensive forum and activities planned by the members.