Panama City, Florida


Panama City, Florida

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timezone = Central (CST)
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postal_code = 32401, 32402, 32403, 32404, 32405, 32406, 32407, 32408, 32409, 32411, 32412, 32413, 32417, 32461
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website = [http://www.cityofpanamacity.com/ www.cityofpanamacity.com]
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The City of Panama City is a city located along U.S. Highway 98 in Bay County, Florida. It is the largest city between Pensacola, Florida and Tallahassee, Florida. It is the larger (population-wise) of two principal cities of the Panama City-Lynn Haven, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 36,417; by 2005, the city's population had grown to 37,188, according to Census Bureau estimates. It is the county seat of Bay CountyGR|6 and is located just east of the vacation destination Panama City Beach. When Panama City was incorporated in 1909, its original city limits were 15th Street (Hwy 98) on the north, Balboa Avenue on the west and Bay Avenue on the east.

Major employers in the Bay County area include Tyndall Air Force Base (located east of the city), the Coastal Systems Station-Naval Surface Warfare Center, Gulf Power, Arizona Chemical, Stone Container, Sallie Mae, and Berg Pipe. Gulf Coast Community College and a satellite campus of Florida State University offer educational opportunities.

The city is served by Panama City-Bay County International Airport (PFN).

In 2006, Panama City was named the best place to invest in real estate in the US by CNN's Business 2.0 magazine. [http://money.cnn.com/popups/2006/biz2/newrules_bestinvest/]

Geography

Panama City is located at coor dms|30|10|28|N|85|39|52|W|city (30.174451, -85.664480)GR|1, within the Florida Panhandle and along the Emerald Coast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city limits encompass an area of 26.7 square miles (69.1 km²)—20.5 square miles (53.1 km²) of it is land and 6.2 square miles (16.0 km² or 23.12%) of it is water.

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 36,417 people, 14,819 households, and 9,039 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,774.8 people per square mile (685.2/km²). There were 16,548 housing units at an average density of 806.5 per square mile (311.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.64% White, 21.45% African American, 1.55% Asian, 0.63% Native American, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.91% of the population.

There were 14,819 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,572, and the median income for a family was $40,890. Males had a median income of $30,401 versus $21,431 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,830. About 12.1% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.

Famous Residents

* David Chmielewski, better known as Panama Dave, owner of the World-renowned Cockpit Bar and Grille and Bananama Dave's

Local Media

* "The News Herald", newspaper
* WMBB, ABC affiliate on channel 13
* WJHG, NBC affiliate on channel 7 (The CW & My Network TV digital)
* WPGX, FOX affiliate on channel 28
* [http://www.wfsu.org/ WFSU/WFSG] , PBS affiliate on channel 56
* [http://www.wyyx.com/ WYYX] , 97X, Panama City's Rock Station
* Bay Broadcasting, [http://www.b951fm.com/ WBPC-FM] , Classic Hits & Alabama Football
* [http://www.island106.com/ WILN] , Island 106, CHR
* [http://www.wpapfm.com/ WPAP] , country
* [http://www.945wfla.com/ WFLF] , Fox News Radio
* [http://www.993thebeat.com/ WEBZ] Urban
* [http://www.935rocks.com/ WPBH] Rock 93.5 Classic rock
* [http://www.sunny98.com/ WFSY] adult contemporary
* [http://www.talkradio101.com/ WYOO] , talk radio
* [http://www.wfsu.org/ WFSG] , public radio
* [http://www.wkgc.org/ WKGC] , public radio
* [http://www.thebreeze590.com/ WDIZ] The Breeze 590AM, Adult Standards - Easy Listening
* [http://www.959online.com/ WRBA] Arrow 95.9 Classic rock
* [http://www.pcbtv.tv/ Panama City Beach TV] Local info, advertising,documentary, and local lifestyle programming

Cultural References

* Panama City, Florida is mentioned in an episode of CSI Miami
* Scenes of Panama City and nearby Panama City Beach feature prominently in the 1993 film "Ruby in Paradise".
* In an episode of Reno 911, it is revealed that Deputy Travis Junior has a brother, Henry Junior Junior, that is from Panama City, Florida
* In an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Space Ghost mentions a tattoo he got in Panama City.
* In an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the Aqua Teens vacation in Panama City.
* In an episode of , Commander Charles Tucker III reveals that he attended fictional Bay Shore Elementary in Panama City, Florida.
*In an episode of The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert comes to a tattoo parlor in Panama City
*In the John Grisham novel "The Firm", Mitch McDeere's mother has retired to Panama City.
*Panama City was the setting for the 1980 Henry Fonda movie Gideon's Trumpet, which was in turn based upon the real life court case of Gideon v. Wainwright.
*In the Sammy Kershaw song "Cadillac Style," (1992) the second verse includes the lyrics, "Well I don't have a condo in Panama City."
*Before being arrested for federal tax evasion, Joe Francis, the founder of "Girls Gone Wild", was arrested multiple times in connection with "Girls Gone Wild" shooting in Panama City.

National Guard

Panama City is home to the HHC 1-124TH Infantry (Light) which is part of Florida Army National Guard's 53rd Infantry Brigade.

ister City

Panama city has one sister city:
*flagicon|Mexico Mérida, MexicoFact|date=October 2008

Education

Panama City's public schools are operated by Bay District Schools.

References

External links

* [http://www.cityofpanamacity.com/ City of Panama City] official site
* [http://www.800pcbeach.com/ Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau]
* [http://www.investsmarter.com/ Panama City Real Estate Advice]

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