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Welcome to Bay County
 
 
County Information
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
The U.S. Census Bureau 2006 estimate for the county is 163,505. Its county seat is Panama City, Florida. Bay County is the sole county in the Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is best known for its white sand beaches and crystal blue water, where large pods of dolphins swim year-round. These beaches attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world each year.

Cities in Bay County include Bayou George, Bear Creek, Callaway, Cedar Grove, Fountain, Hiland Park, Laguna Beach, Lower Grand Lagoon, Lynn Haven, Mexico Beach, Millville, Panama City, Panama City Beach, Parker, Pretty Bayou, Rosemary Beach, Sand Hills, Sandy Creek, Springfield, Southport, Tyndall AFB, Upper Grand Lagoon, West Bay, West Panama City Beach and Youngstown.

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  County Demographics  
 
 
     
 
 
  As of the census of 2000, there were 148,217 people, 59,597 households, and 40,466 families residing in the county. The population density was 194 people per square mile. There were 78,435 housing units at an average density of 103 per square mile . The racial makeup of the county was 84.17% White, 10.64% Black or African American, 0.78% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. 2.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 59,597 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% were married couples living together, 12.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.92. In the county the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,092, and the median income for a family was $42,729. Males had a median income of $30,116 versus $21,676 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,700. About 9.80% of families and 13.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
  County History  
 
 
     
 
 
  On February 12, 1913, representatives from five towns on the St. Andrews Bay, met in Panama City to select a name for a proposed new county. The name Bay was selected because it was satisfactory to the majority of the citizens and was descriptive of the territory that would be included. On July 1, 1913, Bay County was created by the Legislature from portions of Washington, Calhoun and Walton counties.

 

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
     
 
 
 

 

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