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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.

People

Total Population 13,929
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,999
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 57.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $73,823
% Above Poverty Level 86%
% Below Poverty Level 14%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $949
Median House Value $194,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.9%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 8.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Niceville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 44 miles E of Pensacola, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 218 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Okaloosa
Metro Area Fort Walton Beach
Standard Zip Codes 32578
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32588
Phone Area Codes 850
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.527
Longitude -86.482

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)

Station NICEVILLE
Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 61 F
Apr Temp 51 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 54 to 81 F
Annual Precip 69.2 inches
Station CRESTVIEW BOB SIKES AP
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 62 F
Apr Temp 53 to 79 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 63.9 inches
Station WHITING FIELD NAS
Distance 34.4 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 55 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 67.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Niceville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Choctaw Beach (32578)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crestview 22,524 $59,769
Destin 13,055 $73,068
Fort Walton Beach 20,767 $55,449
Mary Esther 4,109 $70,085
Shalimar 676 $88,750
Valparaiso 5,069 $75,483

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Niceville Public Libraries

Library
Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative
206 N. Partin Drive
Niceville, Florida
(850) 609-5101
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Niceville Hospitals

TWIN CITIES HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2190 HIGHWAY 85 NORTH
(850) 678-4131
Emergency Service: Yes

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Niceville High Schools

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800 E JOHN SIMS PARKWAY
850-833-4109
Serves 2,292 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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100 COLLEGE BOULEVARD
850-729-4949
A Charter School.
Serves 240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 80

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