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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

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

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

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 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
Station DE FUNIAK SPRINGS
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
Station NICEVILLE
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Ebro 259 $43,125
Lynn Haven 19,355 $71,694
Panama City 36,917 $47,322

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

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ARNOLD HIGH SCHOOL
550 ALF COLEMAN ROAD
850-236-3070
Serves 1,268 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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