Panama City Beach, Florida

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Panama City Beach, Florida

Introduction to Panama City Beach, Florida

Located in Bay county, Panama City Beach, Florida, is 76 miles S of Dothan, Alabama (center to center) and 248 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida. The city is conveniently located inside the Panama City metropolitan area. There are an estimated 7,671 people living in Panama City Beach.

Panama City Beach History

Bay county was established in the year 1913 after being proposed when representatives from five towns met in Panama City to a name for a proposed county. With the joint approval of the majority of citizens, the county was named 'Bay County' and formed soon after; it was created by the legislature from parts of Calhoun, Washington, and Walton counties. It is also said that a small community of Indians used to inhabit the St. Andrew Bay area in the 1800s. Panama City Beach is popular for being home to 'The World's Most Important Beaches'.

Panama City Beach and nearby Attractions

  • Eden Gardens State Park
  • Constitution Convention State Museum
  • Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
  • Saint Andrews State Recreation Area
  • Junior Museum of Bay county
  • Deer Lake State Park

Things To Do In Panama City Beach

There are many parks in the city such as Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, and Eden Gardens State Park, which offer many recreational opportunities. The Wayside Shopping Center is located nearby. The local churches include Victory Tabernacle Assembly of God, Saint Bernadette Catholic Church and Saint Thomas by the Sea Episcopal Church. The city is home to golf courses such as the Nature Walk Golf Course, Camp Creek Golf Club and Signal Hill Golf Course. The zoos located nearby include Zoo World Zoological and Botanical Park and Rain Forest Republic of Zoo World.

Panama City Beach Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Panama City-Bay county International Airport.

Panama City Beach Higher Education

Higher education is available at the Gulf Coast Community College, Florida State University, and Pensacola Junior College.

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High Points

Panama City Beach strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 6% Panama City Beach Short Commute Times
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 10% Panama City Beach Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Panama City Beach, Florida

Comparing Panama City Beach to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 8
Senior Citizens 9 7
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Racial Diversity 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 7
Average Household Size 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 10
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
College Educated Adults 7 7
Median Family Income 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Short Commute Times 8 10
Working at Home 7 6
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 6
People Living Alone 6 5
Affordability of Rents 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 1 2
Low Property Crime 1 1

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Panama City Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 76 miles S of Dothan, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 248 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida
County Bay
Metro Area Panama City
Standard Zip Codes 32401, 32407, 32408, 32413
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32417
Phone Area Codes 850
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.176
Longitude -85.805

Panama City Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.6 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
Distance 41.6 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
Distance 48.2 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
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Panama City Beach Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,671 100%
Male 3,846 50.1%
Female 3,825 49.9%
Under 18 1,263 16.5%
18+ 6,408 83.5%
65+ 1,538 20%
Median Age 44.4
Average Family Size 2.66
White 7,380 96.2%
African-American 67 0.9%
Asian 60 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 41 0.5%
Other 26 0.3%
Mixed Race 97 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 169 2.2%

Estimated Panama City Beach Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 11,477
Growth 3,806
Growth % 49.6%

Panama City Beach Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 18.7%
German 18.1%
US/American 14.7%
Irish 13.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.2%
Italian 3.7%
French (except Basque) 3.1%
Polish 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Scottish 2%
Swedish 1.9%
Norwegian 1.7%
French Canadian 1.5%
Dutch 1.2%
European 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Scandinavian 0.5%
British 0.5%
Swiss 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Grande Pointe (32413)
Inlet Beach (32413)
Rosemary Beach (32413)
Seacrest (32413)
Watersound (32413)
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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Panama City Beach 7,671 $49,127
Ebro 250 $40,833
Lynn Haven 12,451 $48,904
Panama City 36,417 $40,890

Wal-mart in Panama City Beach

(As of 2006)
10270 Front Beach Rd
(850) 234-1989
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Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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1. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 90.9   32.7% 21.5% 27.6% 21 $46,052 3.9% 5.5% 10,974 8.5% 138.1 44.8% 7.9
2. Gulf Shores, Alabama 89.8   27.1% 23.1% 30.4% 19 $51,862 3.1% 2.5% 5,044 9.9% 92.6 40.5% 6.7
3. Surfside Beach, South Carolina 88.4   31.4% 19.5% 27.5% 21 $49,847 3.7% 3.3% 4,425 7.5% 64.9 23.9% 5.9
4. Osage Beach, Missouri 88   31.6% 20.3% 23.7% 18 $49,554 3.8% 2.6% 3,662 6.7% 118.5 51.8% 6.8
5. Jackson, California 83.7   34.8% 28.8% 20.2% 17 $45,887 5.7% 6.5% 3,989 8.3% 67.7 2.3% 12.3
6. Gatlinburg, Tennessee 83.2   26.7% 20.3% 18.8% 20 $40,813 2.9% 4.3% 3,382 7.1% 122.7 55.9% 6.2
7. Palm Desert, California 81.1   32.8% 27.6% 31.4% 20 $58,183 4.5% 13.2% 41,155 9.2% 72.2 23% 4
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