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Panama City Beach, Florida
Panama City Beach (PCB) is a suburb of Panama City, located in Bay County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 7,671. The beach is a popular year-round vacation destination, and the area is often nicknamed The Redneck Riviera for its many visitors from the southern states. During the winter months, Panama City Beach is a popular destination for Americans from the northern states as well as Canadians, or "Snowbirds." In the spring season, Panama City Beach turns into a spring break mecca, drawing high school and college students from all over the country, often in numbers that outstrip all other spring break destinations combined.
The summer is high season in Panama City Beach, drawing crowds of all kinds to enjoy its sugar-white beaches and warm, emerald waters. Recent hurricane damage and a new-construction boom are serving to raise the economic image of the area, as pricey high-rise condominiums and luxury homes replace older motels and homes. However, this is turning unobstructed beach views and affordable waterfront property into rarities. Panama City Beach's slogan is "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches."
Panama City Beach is located at 30°12'27" North, 85°51'5" West (30.207362, -85.851485).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 7,671 people, 3,529 households, and 2,219 families residing in the city. The population density is 426.8/km² (1,104.9/mi²). There are 8,910 housing units at an average density of 495.7/km² (1,283.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 96.21% White, 0.87% African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. 2.20% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 3,529 households out of which 19.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% are married couples living together, 6.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% are non-families. 29.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.17 and the average family size is 2.66.
In the city the population is spread out with 16.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 44 years. For every 100 females there are 100.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $41,198, and the median income for a family is $49,127. Males have a median income of $32,459 versus $22,358 for females. The per capita income for the city is $26,734. 5.0% of the population and 2.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.9% of those under the age of 18 and 4.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Major employers in Panama City Beach include the Coastal Systems Station-Naval Surface Warfare Center as well as tourism and hospitality industries.
- City of Panama City Beach official site
- Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Panama City Beach Florida local guide
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