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Overview

Introduction to Niceville, Florida

Niceville, Florida is 44 miles E of Pensacola, Florida (center to center) and 218 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is in Okaloosa County. The city is part of the Fort Walton Beach metro area.

Niceville History

The history of Niceville traces back up to 10,000 years ago when the Native Americans inhabited this region. It was a small fishing village called Boggy located along the shores of the Boggy Bayou bay. This village was the starting point of the city of Niceville. In 1842 cattleman Jessie Rogers from Louisiana settled in this area. However, permanent settlement began only after the Civil War. Though the city got its name Niceville on November 5, 1910, it was renamed as Valparaiso on May 24, 1919. However, the name was once again changed back to Niceville on November 1, 1925, as another community called New Valparaiso was developing near the town.

Niceville and Nearby Attractions

  • James Lee Park.
  • Bayou Church of Christ.
  • Mid-Bay Bridge.
  • Air Force Armament Museum.
  • Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park.
  • Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.

Things To Do In Niceville

Niceville offers a number of outdoor activities and family fun. These recreational facilities include a softball complex, twin oaks baseball field, Lions Park, volleyball courts, water sports, a soccer field and several other children’s parks. During the third weekend of October, the city of Niceville also organizes the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival.

Niceville Transportation

The city is served by the Okaloosa Regional Airport and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

Niceville Higher Education

Adult education can be obtained from Pensacola Junior College.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,325
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens15.3%
Employed Population 16+6,832
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married58.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher31%
Median Earnings25+$33,898
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,679
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,363

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,088
% Above Poverty Level87.2%
% Below Poverty Level12.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone23%
Median Gross Rent$954
Median House Value$204,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.7%
German12.3%
English9%
Irish8.8%
Italian4.5%
French Except Basque2.6%
Scottish2.2%
Polish1.6%
Norwegian1%
Swedish0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Dutch0.6%
Canadian0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Arab0.4%
Moroccan0.4%
Belgian0.4%
African0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Czech0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Croatian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Niceville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Okaloosa County
Standard Zip Codes32578
P.O. Box Zip Codes32588
Phone Area Codes850
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.53
Approximate Longitude-86.48

Niceville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationNICEVILLE
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp37 to 61 F
Apr Temp51 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp54 to 81 F
Annual Precip69.2 inches
StationCRESTVIEW BOB SIKES AP
Distance17.8 miles
Jan Temp39 to 62 F
Apr Temp53 to 79 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip63.9 inches
StationWHITING FIELD NAS
Distance34.4 miles
Jan Temp41 to 61 F
Apr Temp55 to 78 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp57 to 80 F
Annual Precip67.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Crestview22,941$60,425
Destin13,312$84,088
Fort Walton Beach21,238$57,164
Mary Esther4,177$75,476
Shalimar792$91,250
Valparaiso5,084$76,522

Niceville Public Libraries

Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative
206 N. PARTIN DR.
Niceville, Florida
(850) 609-5102

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Niceville Hospitals

Twin Cities Hospital
(Proprietary)
2190 Hwy 85 N
(850) 678-4131

Niceville Public Schools

C. W. Ruckel Middle School
201 Partin Dr N
ZIP: 32578
(850) 833-4142
Middle
Total Enrollment 958
Lula J. Edge Elementary School
300 Highway 85 N
ZIP: 32578
(850) 833-4138
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
Collegiate High School At Northwest Florida State College
100 College Blvd E
ZIP: 32578
(850) 729-4949
High
Total Enrollment 287
Niceville Senior High School
800 John Sims Pkwy E
ZIP: 32578
(850) 833-4114
High
Total Enrollment 1975
James E Plew Elementary School
220 Pine Ave
ZIP: 32578
(850) 833-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 721
Bluewater Elementary School
4545 Range Rd
ZIP: 32578
(850) 833-4240
Primary
Total Enrollment 876

Niceville Private Schools

Rocky Bayou Christian School
2101 Partin Dr N
ZIP: 32578
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 609
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