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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population36,654
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens17.5%
Employed Population 16+15,333
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married40.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.5%
Median Earnings25+$27,904
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,835
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,515

Wealth

Median Family Income$48,033
% Above Poverty Level78%
% Below Poverty Level22%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.1%
% Using Public Transportation2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone36.3%
Median Gross Rent$848
Median House Value$134,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.4%
Irish10.1%
German9.9%
English9.6%
Italian2.7%
French Except Basque2.3%
Scottish2.2%
Polish1.3%
African1.1%
Swedish0.9%
West Indian0.9%
Jamaican0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Sudanese0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Greek0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Russian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Czech0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Panama City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bay County, Walton County
Standard Zip Codes32405, 32403, 32404, 32409, 32401, 32408, 32407, 32413
P.O. Box Zip Codes32402, 32406, 32411, 32412, 32417, 32461
Phone Area Codes850
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude30.17
Approximate Longitude-85.67

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)

StationPANAMA CITY 5 NE
Distance5.4 miles
Jan Temp39 to 62 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 80 F
Annual Precip64.7 inches
StationCHIPLEY 3 E
Distance44.5 miles
Jan Temp38 to 61 F
Apr Temp52 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp54 to 80 F
Annual Precip58.2 inches
StationDE FUNIAK SPRINGS
Distance46.6 miles
Jan Temp37 to 61 F
Apr Temp52 to 78 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp53 to 80 F
Annual Precip65.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ebro263$42,679
Lynn Haven19,799$71,216

Panama City Public Libraries

Northwest Regional Library System
898 WEST 11TH STREET
Panama City, Florida
(850) 522-2100

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Panama City Hospitals

Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart
(Government - District/authority)
615 N Bonita Ave
(850) 769-1511
Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital
(Proprietary)
1940 Harrison Ave
(850) 763-0017
Gulf Coast Medical Center
(Proprietary)
449 W 23rd St
(850) 769-8341
Healthsouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation
(Proprietary)
1847 Florida Ave
(850) 914-8600
Select Specialty Hospital - Panama City
(Proprietary)
615 N Bonita Ave
(850) 767-3180

Panama City Public Schools

Bay High School
1200 Harrison Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-4600
High
Total Enrollment 1365
Bay Regional Juvenile Detention Center
450 E 11th St
ZIP: 32401
(850) 872-4706
Other
Total Enrollment 27
Bay Virtual Franchise
1311 Balboa Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-5448
Other
Total Enrollment 50
Bay Virtual Instruction (course Offerings)
1311 Balboa Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-4377
Other
Total Enrollment 28
Bay Virtual Instruction Program
1311 Balboa Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 747-5448
Other
Total Enrollment 54
C C Washington Academy
924 Bay Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-5576
Middle
Total Enrollment 119
Chautauqua Charter School
1118 Magnolia Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 785-5056
High
Total Enrollment 44
Everitt Middle School
608 School Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-3776
Middle
Total Enrollment 608
Exceptional Student Education
1311 Balboa Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 872-4100
Other
Jinks Middle School
600 W 11th St
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-4695
Middle
Total Enrollment 572
Margaret K. Lewis In Millville
203 N East Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-1792
Other
Total Enrollment 136
Merriam Cherry Street Elementary
1125 Cherry St
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-1480
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
North Bay Haven Charter Academy Elementary School
1104 Balboa Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 248-0205
Primary
Total Enrollment 669
Oakland Terrace School For The Visual And Performing Arts
2010 W 12th St
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-4565
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
Oscar Patterson Elementary Magnet
1025 Redwood Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-4675
Primary
Total Enrollment 379
Panama City Marine Institute
200 E Beach Dr
ZIP: 32401
(850) 872-4715
Other
Total Enrollment 95
Rosenwald High School
924 Bay Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-4580
High
Total Enrollment 246
Rutherford High School
1000 School Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-4500
High
Total Enrollment 1188
Springfield Elementary School
520 School Ave
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-4575
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
St. Andrew School
3001 W 15th St
ZIP: 32401
(850) 767-4595
Primary
Total Enrollment 124
Callaway Elementary School
7115 E Highway 22
ZIP: 32404
(850) 767-1241
Primary
Total Enrollment 523
Deer Point Elementary School
4800 Highway 2321
ZIP: 32404
(850) 767-5462
Primary
Total Enrollment 718
Merritt Brown Middle School
5044 Merritt Brown Way
ZIP: 32404
(850) 767-3976
Middle
Total Enrollment 727
North Bay Haven Career Academy
1 Buccaneer Dr
ZIP: 32404
(850) 248-0801
High
Total Enrollment 610
North Bay Haven Charter Academy Middle School
1 Buccaneer Dr
ZIP: 32404
(850) 248-0801
Middle
Total Enrollment 478
Parker Elementary School
640 S Highway 22 A
ZIP: 32404
(850) 767-4570
Primary
Total Enrollment 630
Tommy Smith Elementary School
5044 Tommy Smith Dr
ZIP: 32404
(850) 767-1688
Primary
Total Enrollment 720
Bay Haven Charter Academy
2501 Hawks Landing Blvd
ZIP: 32405
(850) 248-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 690
Bay Haven Charter Middle School
2501 Hawks Landing Blvd
ZIP: 32405
(850) 248-3500
Middle
Total Enrollment 516
Cedar Grove Elementary School
2826 E 15th St
ZIP: 32405
(850) 767-4550
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Hiland Park Elementary School
2507 E Baldwin Rd
ZIP: 32405
(850) 767-4685
Primary
Total Enrollment 837
Lucille Moore Elementary School
1900 Michigan Ave
ZIP: 32405
(850) 767-1428
Primary
Total Enrollment 557
New Horizons Learning Center
3200 Minnesota Ave
ZIP: 32405
(850) 767-1110
Other
Total Enrollment 118
Newpoint Bay Charter High School
700 W 23rd St Bldg H
ZIP: 32405
(850) 215-0770
High
Total Enrollment 125
Newpoint Middle School
2355 St Andrews Blvd
ZIP: 32405
(850) 215-0770
Middle
Total Enrollment 188
Northside Elementary School
2001 Northside Dr
ZIP: 32405
(850) 767-1506
Primary
Total Enrollment 694
Rising Leaders Academy
1980 Discovery Loop
ZIP: 32405
(850) 481-4410
Primary
Total Enrollment 102
Tom P. Haney Vocational Technical Center
3016 Highway 77
ZIP: 32405
(850) 747-5500
Other
University Academy (sabl, Inc.)
4750 Collegiate Dr
ZIP: 32405
(850) 215-0097
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Hutchison Beach Elementary School
12900 Middle Beach Rd
ZIP: 32407
(850) 767-5195
Primary
Total Enrollment 721
Deane Bozeman School
13410 Highway 77
ZIP: 32409
(850) 767-1300
Other
Total Enrollment 1154

Panama City Private Schools

Almega Preparatory Academy
237 W 15th Street B
ZIP: 32401
Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Bacot Academy
2809 W 15th St Ste 203
ZIP: 32401
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
Holy Nativity Episcopal School
205 Hamilton Ave
ZIP: 32401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 215
Panama City Marine Institute
200 E Beach Dr
ZIP: 32401
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 92
Panama City Renaissance School
1608 Baker Court
ZIP: 32401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
St John Catholic School
1005 Fortune Ave
ZIP: 32401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 91
Adventist Christian Academy
2700 Lisenby Ave
ZIP: 32405
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
Kaleidoscope School Of Discovery
2420 Jenks Ave Bldg C4
ZIP: 32405
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 143
Panama City Advanced School
3332 Token Rd
ZIP: 32405
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 98
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