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Overview

Introduction to Panama City, Florida

Panama City is situated on St. Andrews Bay along the Florida Panhandle in Bay County. The municipality is the county's center for business, culture, and education. Tyndall Air Field Base and Coastal Systems Station are primary factors for the economy. It contains a few large marinas. The popular tourist location, Panama City Beach is nearby. The town is somewhat unspoiled by the crowds of tourists who vacation at the beaches along the Emerald Coast. The hotels in Panama City are about 15 to 30 minutes away from the beach area.

History

In the 1830s, settlers arrived from the states of Georgia and Alabama and constructed cabins near the shoreline. In 1909 the city was incorporated and soon commerce began to thrive. The Florida Land Boom during the 1920's significantly increased the growth of Panama City. Another major growth spurt occurred during World War II due to Tyndall Air Field and the building of ships at the Wainwright Shipyard.

Activities

Saint Andrews State Park is located across the bay and features coastal dunes, forest areas, nature trails, wetlands and an undeveloped island. Camping, boating, fishing, crabbing and hiking are popular in the park. Wildlife viewing tours are available which take visitors into the marshlands and creeks. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the numerous scenic golf courses. The Bay Point Yacht & Golf Club is one of the prominent locations to play golf in Florida. The clear ocean water provides excellent opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling on the nearby reefs.

Salt water fishing is popular and charter boats are available. Glass-bottom boat excursions provide opportunities for viewing the ocean's wildlife. Excellent Nature trails are available for hikers and bicycle riders. The tourist destination, Panama City Beach incldudes beautiful beach areas, amusement parks, including Cobra Adventure Park and plenty of cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Shipwreck Island Water Park and Water World are nearby. There are numerous notable state parks including Pine Log State Forest. The Indian Summer Festival is a prominent event and the Iron Man Florida Triathlon takes place in the area.

Attractions

Panama City has numerous art galleries, excellent restaurants and plenty of places for shopping, including the Panama City Mall. Museum of Man in the Sea is a noteworthy attraction. The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement showcases historic structures including several of the pioneer's log cabins. Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida features the artwork of local, regional as well as national artists. The Martin Theatre provides plays and a variety of events.

Transportation

The city is home to the Panama City-Bay County International Airport.

Higher Education

Troy University and Gulf Coast Community College are located in the region.

People

Total Population 36,917
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 15,124
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 40.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,310
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,037
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,184

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,322
% Above Poverty Level 78.8%
% Below Poverty Level 21.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $842
Median House Value $133,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 9.6%

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

Panama City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 75 miles S of Dothan, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 239 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida
County Bay
Metro Area Panama City
Standard Zip Codes 32401, 32403, 32404, 32405, 32407, 32408, 32409, 32413
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32402, 32406, 32411, 32412, 32417, 32461
Phone Area Codes 850
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.158
Longitude -85.66

Panama City 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 PANAMA CITY 5 NE
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 62 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 64.7 inches
Station CHIPLEY 3 E
Distance 44.5 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 61 F
Apr Temp 52 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 58.2 inches
Station DE FUNIAK SPRINGS
Distance 46.6 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 61 F
Apr Temp 52 to 78 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 53 to 80 F
Annual Precip 65.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Alys Beach (32461)

Eastside (32403, 32404)

Grande Pointe (32413)

Inlet Beach (32413)

Rosemary Beach (32413, 32461)

Seacrest (32413)

Southport (32409)

Tyndall A F B (32403)

Watersound (32413, 32461)

West Panama City Beach (32413)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ebro 259 $43,125
Lynn Haven 19,355 $71,694

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

Panama City Public Libraries

Library
Northwest Regional Library System
25 W GOVERNMENT STREET
Panama City, Florida
(850) 872-7500
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Panama City Hospitals

BAY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
615 N BONITA AVE
(850) 769-1511
Emergency Service: Yes

GULF COAST MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
449 W 23RD ST
(850) 747-7926
Emergency Service: Yes

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Panama City High Schools

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RUTHERFORD HIGH SCHOOL
1000 SCHOOL AVENUE
850-872-4500
Serves 1,774 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

BAY HIGH SCHOOL
1200 HARRISON AVENUE
850-872-4600
Serves 1,533 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

A. D. HARRIS HIGH SCHOOL
819 E 11TH STREET
850-872-4590
A Title I School.
Serves 342 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

HANEY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
3016 HIGHWAY 77
850-747-5500
Serves 187 students.

MARGARET K. LEWIS EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOL
1527 LINCOLN AVENUE
850-872-4775
A Special Education School
Serves 168 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

NEW HORIZONS LEARNING CENTER
3100 MINNESOTA AVENUE
850-873-7170
Serves 155 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.4

PANAMA CITY MARINE INSTITUTE
200 E BEACH DRIVE
850-872-4715
Serves 66 students.

ST. ANDREW SCHOOL
3001 W 15TH STREET
850-872-4595
A Special Education School
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

BAY DETENTION CENTER
450 E 1TH STREET
850-872-4706
Serves 52 students.

BAY CO. BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER
1940 HARRISON AVE
850-747-8447
Serves 31 students.

BAY BOOT CAMP
456 E 11TH STREET
850-872-7330
Serves 21 students.

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION
1311 BALBOA AVENUE
850-872-4100
A Special Education School
Serves 15 students.

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