Welcome to Crestview
The City of Crestview received its charter from the Florida Legislature and was officially incorporated in 1916. Crestview's name was chosen because it is located on the peak of a long woodland range between the Yellow and Shoal rivers, which flow almost parallel on the east and west side of the city. After Okaloosa County was formed by the State Legislature in 1915, from portions of western Walton County and eastern Santa Rosa County, Crestview became the County Seat in 1917 and remains so today.
Crestview is located at the junction of three major highways; U.S. 90, State Road 85, and Interstate Highway 10, which resulted in its acclaimed designation as the "Hub City" of northwest Florida. The City is 50 miles east of Pensacola, 120 miles west of Tallahassee, and 30 miles inland from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Crestview's elevation of 235 feet above sea level places it as one of the highest points in the state. It receives 65 inches of rainfall annually...the most in the State of Florida. Also, the city was designated as a Main Street Program Community in 1997 by the Florida Department of State.
Coordinates: 30°45′15″N 86°34′22″W
Zip Codes: 32536, 32539
Area Code 850
Crestview is a very popular place for families and retired people to settle down, due to our very affordable housing, great schools and proximity to our beautiful emerald and snow white beaches. We believe that you will find Crestview to be the place you would want to settle down!
Crestview is an upcoming community with a very diverse population. There is much to offer when it comes to opportunities to be successful in our community. Crestview is close to many higher learning facilities that can help you on your path to success. Northwest Florida State College has several campuses in Okaloosa County that offer two and four year degrees. The University of West Florida and Troy State University has campuses in Okaloosa County that provide four year and higher degree paths. Florida A&M has a Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science campus in Crestview, in which students can receive their pharmacy degree without leaving Okaloosa County. Our public school district rates as one of the highest in the state, having received an "A" rating by the state of Florida. There are educational opportunities for those that want to learn a vocational trade at the Okaloosa Technical College. Rocky Bayou Christian and Lakewood Academy also offer private, Christian alternatives to education.
Crestview and Okaloosa County is home to Eglin AFB, one of the largest military bases in the world. All five branches of the military have a connection to Eglin AFB and the Emerald Coast. Crestview is also home to Duke Field, which serves as the base for the AF 919th Special Operations Wing and the US Army 7th Special Forces Group. Hurlburt Field is home to the Air Forces Special Operations Command. Crestview is home to many military contractors, such as Vortex, that are housed at Bob Sikes Airport. It is not uncommon on any given day that you will see such aircraft like the F-22, F-35, V-22, C130 and many other military aircraft flying over the skies of Crestview. We are very honored and proud of all of our military bases.
Crestview is located 30 miles from the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast. You will find that we are well within driving distance of major shopping outlets, such as Destin Commons and Silver Sands Outlet Mall. Crestview is home to a variety of national chain stores and a large variety of local businesses as well. Dining out consists of many chain restaurants and many local restaurants that offer a wide variety of dishes ranging from traditional southern to authentic Filipino foods. Crestview has several events each year that are family friendly, including the Triple B BBQ festival, Main Street Fall Festival, Christmas Parade and many more events that bring our community together.