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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
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Flag of Okaloosa County, Florida.png Okaloosa
Area
 • Total 14.92 sq mi (38.63 km2)
 • Land 14.41 sq mi (37.33 km2)
 • Water 0.50 sq mi (1.30 km2)
Elevation
36 ft (11 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 15,772
 • Density 1,094.21/sq mi (422.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
32578, 32588
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-48750
GNIS feature ID 0294621

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.

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

History

When mail service began on July 21, 1868, the city was known as Boggy, and on November 5, 1910, the name was officially changed to Niceville. The name Niceville was selected by the postmaster's daughter. In 1915, Niceville became part of newly formed Okaloosa County after previously being in Walton County.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.3 mi², of which 10.9 square miles (28 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 948
1950 2,497 163.4%
1960 4,517 80.9%
1970 4,155 −8.0%
1980 8,543 105.6%
1990 10,507 23.0%
2000 11,684 11.2%
2010 12,749 9.1%
2020 15,772 23.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of census 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.

Arts and culture

The Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival is held annually in Niceville.

Notable people

  • Anna Banks, author
  • Louis C. Menetrey, Army general
  • Jason Craig, comic book artist
  • Roy Finch, football player
  • Shin Hyun-joon, South Korean Commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps and diplomat, retired here
  • Jarret Johnson, football player
  • Cris Judd, actor
  • Jimmy Nelson, baseball pitcher
  • Pam Oliver, sportscaster
  • Julian Pittman, football player
  • Alan Ritchson, actor
  • Tony Sipp, baseball player
  • Toby Turner, Youtuber known as Tobuscus
  • Conrad Ricamora, actor
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