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Mexico Beach, Florida
US 98 through Mexico Beach in January 2018
US 98 through Mexico Beach in January 2018
Location within Bay County and Florida
Location within Bay County and Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Bay
Incorporated (city) 1966
 • Total 2.34 sq mi (6.06 km2)
 • Land 2.28 sq mi (5.89 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
13 ft (4 m)
 • Total 1,060
 • Density 402.46/sq mi (155.39/km2)
Time zone UTC−06:00 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-44300
GNIS ID 0286747

Mexico Beach is a city in Bay County, Florida, United States. It is located 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Panama City. The population was 1,060 at the 2020 census. The community was extensively damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the community "wiped out" in the aftermath of the hurricane's devastating impact.


Mexico Beach is located at 29°56′29″N 85°24′23″W / 29.941336°N 85.406361°W / 29.941336; -85.406361.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2) is land, and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 2.84%, is water.

The following diagram represents localities within a 20-mile (32 km) radius of Mexico Beach.

Neighboring localities
Mexico BeachMexico Beach
Locality with 3644 inhabitants (2000)Port St. Joe (18 km)
Locality with 14233 inhabitants (2000)Callaway (28 km)
Locality with 4623 inhabitants (2000)Parker (28 km)
Locality with 8810 inhabitants (2000)Springfield (32 km)
Locality with 2757 inhabitants (2000)Tyndall AFB (22 km)
Locality with 1722 inhabitants (2000)Wewahitchka (28 km)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 588
1980 632 7.5%
1990 992 57.0%
2000 1,017 2.5%
2010 1,072 5.4%
2020 1,060 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
Mexico Beach
Sunset over Mexico Beach pier from the dunes

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,072 people, 563 households, and 320 families residing in the city. The population density was 595.6 inhabitants per square mile (233.0/km2). There were 1,852 housing units at an average density of 1,028.9 per square mile (402.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.1% White, 1.9% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.8% some other race, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 563 households, out of which 11.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were headed by married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.90, and the average family size was 2.43.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 11.3% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 16.7% from 25 to 44, 35.5% from 45 to 64, and 31.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

At the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the city was $31,950, and the median income for a family was $40,163. Males had a median income of $30,278 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,871. About 8.1% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.8% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.


Although physically located in Bay County, Mexico Beach is served by Gulf County Schools rather than the Bay District Schools.

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