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Panama City Beach, Florida
PCB
City
View of the beach looking northwest from St. Andrews State Park
View of the beach looking northwest from St. Andrews State Park
Flag of Panama City Beach, Florida
Flag
Official seal of Panama City Beach, Florida
Seal
Nickname(s): The World's Most Beautiful Beaches
Location in Bay County and the state of Florida
Location in Bay County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Flag of Bay County, Florida.png Bay
Incorporated 1977
Area
 • Total 18.6 sq mi (48.2 km2)
 • Land 18.4 sq mi (47.6 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 12,018
 • Density 645.8/sq mi (249.34/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP 32401, 32407, 32408, 32413, 32417
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-54725
GNIS feature ID 0308451
Website www.pcbgov.com

Panama City Beach is a resort city in Bay County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 12,018. The city is often referred to under the umbrella term of "Panama City", despite being a distinct municipality from the older and larger inland Panama City to the east, making Panama City and Panama City Beach two separate cities. Panama City Beach's slogan is "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches" due to the unique, sugar-white sandy beaches of northwest Florida.

Panama City Beach has been a popular vacation destination, especially among people in the Southern United States. The city is also a very popular spring break destination, due to the popularity of the beach and its close proximity to most of the Southern United States, and relative proximity as a drive destination for the Midwest.

Geography

Panama City Beach is located at 30°12′27″N 85°51′5″W / 30.2075°N 85.85139°W / 30.2075; -85.85139 (30.207362, -85.851485). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.2 km2)— 18.4 square miles (47.6 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2) (1.17%) is water. There are approximately 9 miles (14 km) of shoreline in Panama City Beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 36
1970 67 86.1%
1980 2,148 3,106.0%
1990 4,051 88.6%
2000 7,671 89.4%
2010 12,018 56.7%
Est. 2015 12,624 5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,018 people, 5,417 households, and 3,068 families residing in the city. The population density was 653.2 persons per square mile (252.5/km²). There were 17,141 housing units at an average density of 931.6 houses per square mile (360.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.5% White, 2.3% African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.7% Asian and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.8% of the population.

There were 5,417 households, out of which 21.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were headed by married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.4% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22, and the average family size was 2.76.

In the city, the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

Ancestries: English (17.7%), German (17.4%), Irish (14.8%), United States (11.1%), Italian (3.6%), French (3.1%).

At the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the city was $41,198, and the median income for a family was $49,127. Males had a median income of $32,459 versus $22,358 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,734. About 2.2% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

The new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport provides commercial flights into the area. The airport serves private aircraft, domestic passenger flights, and freight/cargo flights. It is the first international airport to be constructed after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The other modes of transportation is scooters, which can be rented by the day. As well as taxi and shuttle companies which are permitted through the local police.

Panama City Beach also has a Trolley system available which runs hourly. The Bay Town Trolley system runs throughout the county giving its tourists and locals the resource they need to get around Bay County.

Major highways

  • US 98.svg US 98 is an east-west highway running along the Gulf Coast. It is the main route to Destin and Perry, Florida.
  • Florida 79.svg State Road 79 is a north-south highway that starts in Panama City Beach and heads north to Interstate 10 and on to the Alabama state line.
  • Florida 30.svg State Road 30, formerly US 98 Alt, also named Front Beach Road, is an east-west highway that runs mostly along the beach front, beginning and ending at US 98.

Recreation

  • Frank Brown Park

Gallery

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