Niceville, FL

Population: 14,325

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  • Niceville has a Livability Score of 86/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Niceville crime rates are 84% lower than the Florida average
  • Cost of living in Niceville is 2% higher than the Florida average
  • Niceville real estate prices are 23% higher than the Florida average
  • Rental prices in Niceville are 8% lower than the Florida average

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      Niceville is Smallville USA

      I see herein negative posts for is clear that hose folks are missing the point. The town does not want to be a "Destin" or tourist trap, our uptown urban anything. If you come from a city, just go look somewhere else instead of slamming this old small conservative miss the whole point. Move on, leave the residents who love it alone. I grew up there. While bigger in size today, much of the old town is unchanged. Zone grandfathering has helped preserve the old. Military: is major part of the economy, always has been. People live there because they dont want it to be anything else. A major part of NW Florida is Air Force reservations and test ranges. Yeah, you hear ordinance once in a while, but like living near a noisy highway or short time, you dont "hear" it. If you hate Niceville, you'll hate most of NW Fla. I'd move back off Rocky Bayou if I were looking for smallville USA.
      • 3 -1
      Niceville isn't nice

      Niceville is a snoozefest, almost everything there is to do is across a toll bridge in Destin or about 25 minutes away in Ft. Walton Beach. A big claim to fame is the Mullet Festival which is a big country redneck jamboree that costs more to get in than it's worth. The other "big" festival is Oktoberfest which is held in a back half of a Winn Dixie parking lot with literally 2 beer booths, a polka band and a whole bunch of crappy craft tents.Niceville is a military town that blindly supports said military, if you aren't military YOU DO NOT MATTER. Any services you do purchase in Niceville will essentially cost you a bit more b/c these military people EXPECT a 15% discount on everything even though they purchase most of their things on base for less and without taxes. The local businesses in Niceville are mediocre at best, don't expect to be treated well unless you're in uniform. You won't "get used to" hearing bombs drop nearby as you try to enjoy your morning coffee. Start working out your eyes now so they won't tire out from all of the eye rolling you'll be doing every time you hear someone say, "The sound of freedom!", sound of freedom my ass, more like the sound of my tax dollars being wasted! You will tire of hearing any and everything about "the base", they basically have their own community. Think of it as a brainwashed members only club.Religion is also a big factor here and will essentially decide how (or if) you fit in anywhere here. The conservative "values" here are more oppressive than the surface of the sun. Enjoy living a eco friendly life?! Not here ya hippie! Yeah it seems like no one here gives a care about that either. There is recycling but that's about it for Niceville's "green" scene. Farmer's markets are a joke, there are way more crafts and crap than actual produce. I didn't realize you could farm beaded bracelets and tacky shell ornaments. If you're into getting healthy food you'll be crossing the toll bridge to do your grocery shopping so add $6 + an extra percent on taxes to your grocery bill. To sum things up...if you can think for yourself, have an open mind, enjoy quiet afternoons without hearing bombs drop in the background and can breathe with your mouth closed find another place to live, you'll be WAY happier somewhere that's actually moving forward. I'm elated to be moving out of this absurdly misnamed place.
      • 3 -21
      It’s name says it all.

      We moved to Niceville after 20 years in a far western suburb of Houston. We moved for the location, small panhandle Florida town, close to the beautiful Emerald Coast beach with an upper middle class conservative values society. After 15 months we are still amazed at how nice the majority of people are. There is very little traffic. People are so friendly and courteous and they enjoy life. Yes, the shopping and restaurants are limited but all you have to do is go across the bridge to Destin and you have virtually everything you want. The beach is only 15 minutes from our door and we escape all the tourists by living on the other side of the mid bay bridge. In 15 months my wife and I have dozens of friends when we had less than 6 after 20 years in the Houston area. It’s a slower pace lifestyle but if you want to lower your blood pressure and frustration level Niceville is the place for you. Cost of living is also quite low. We purchased a 3000 sqft house with an oversized lot in a Resort community for 315k.
      • 3 -1
      Average at Best

      My family visited Niceville in 2017 to potentially relocate there. It only took 2 days to realize it was not a fit...for amenities, beach, and restaurants one must drive to Destin with an $8 toll round trip. Unfortunately, we found that there is not much to do in Niceville, FL.
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      Source: The Niceville, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).