Education and Workforce

Okaloosa School District

The Okaloosa County School DIstrict is widely regarded as one of the finest in the state. Why? Because we remain firmly committed to offering meangingful and innovative educational experiences that allow individuals at all levels of ability to excel.

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Educational Attainment

No Diploma 8.05%
High School Graduate 26.09%
Some College, No Degree 25.44%
Associate Degree 10.55%
Bachelor's Degree 18.47%
Graduate/Professional Degree 11.4%

Colleges and Universities

Higher education is a time to challenge and an opportunity to create, innovate and explore. Okaloosa County’s higher educational partners all subscribe to these tenets while proudly offering programs closely aligned with the high demand professions of tomorrow.

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Abundant Workforce

Labor-Force-45-minutes-Crestview-(2).jpgCompanies today demand ready access to a workforce that is agile, abundant and diverse.

Located at the heart of a rapidly growing five county region, Okaloosa County is often viewed as the region's "jobs center."  

The community's work force is supplemented by the spouses and dependents of the active duty military personnel and civilians, and the retired or separated military personnel from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. Retired or otherwise separated military veterans make up 1/3 of Okaloosa's population.

Okaloosa County Population

2000 170,498
2017 203,475
2022 (Projection) 218,371
Males 50.77%
Females 49.23%
Median Household Income $60,138
Median Age 36
Source:, May 2018

Establishments & Employees

Establishments 2017 Employees by SIC 2017
1-4 Employees 6,063 Agricultural, Forestry, Fishing 761
5-9 Employees 1,886 Mining 16
10-19 Employees 834 Construction 3,387
20-49 Employees 590 Manufacturing 3,737
50-99 Employees 165 Transportation & Communication 3,515
100-249 Employees 101 Wholesale Trade 1,293
250-499 Employees 12 Retail Trade 25,506
1,000+ Employees 3 Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 6,788
    Services 36,533
    Public Administration 5,413
    Unclassified 417

Unemployment in Okaloosa

Labor Force 95575 96579                    
Employed 92192 93520                    
Unemployed 3383 3059                    
Unemployment Rate 3.5% 3.2%                    
Source: U.S. Department of Labor and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Data current as of April 30, 2018.

View 2012-2017 Unemployment data


2017 Wage Data

  Average Annual Wage Hourly Wage
Statewide $49,348 $23.73
Okaloosa $43,992 $21.15
Source: Labor Market Statistics, Census of Employment and Wages Program, Extracted 2018

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