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Bay County, Florida (FL)

County population in 2014: 178,985 (88% urban, 12% rural); it was 148,217 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 27,480
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 15,727
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 40,892
Renter-occupied apartments: 25,231 (it was 18,705 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

33%

Land area: 764 sq. mi.

Water area: 269.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 234 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bay County: 88.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (18.8%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (17.6%), Construction (14.4%), Educational, health and social services (12.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 28%
  • Unpaid family work: 4%
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Races in Bay County, Florida:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (79.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (10.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.8%)
  • Two or more races (2.6%)
  • Asian alone (2.0%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Florida median age:  40.0 years
Males: 88,676  (49.5%)
Females: 90,309  (50.5%)
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Bay County,FL real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Bay County:

2.0 people
Florida:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $48,259 ($36,092 in 1999)

This county:

$48,259
Florida:

$49,426

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $802 (lower quartile is $579, upper quartile is $1,051)
This county:

$802
State:

$890


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $165,600 (it was $83,700 in 2000)
Bay:

$165,600
Florida:

$179,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $107,600 - $248,200

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $241,543
Here:

$241,543
State:

$278,429

Townhouses or other attached units: $181,467
Here:

$181,467
State:

$213,076

In 2-unit structures: $213,338
Here:

$213,338
State:

$213,222

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $158,629
Here:

$158,629
State:

$182,333

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $307,436
Here:

$307,436
State:

$259,071

Mobile homes: $73,178
Here:

$73,178
State:

$67,722

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $37,601
Here:

$37,601
State:

$55,779
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,405
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $410

Institutionalized population: 2,898

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 64
  • Robberies: 27
  • Assaults: 336
  • Burglaries: 537
  • Thefts: 2055
  • Auto thefts: 168

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 5
  • Rapes: 53
  • Robberies: 46
  • Assaults: 332
  • Burglaries: 506
  • Thefts: 2238
  • Auto thefts: 201
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Health of residents in Bay County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is worse than average.
74.4% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
52.1% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
100.0% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
68.7% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 200 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 160 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 759 buildings, average cost: $122,300
  • 2001: 852 buildings, average cost: $131,000
  • 2002: 1111 buildings, average cost: $133,400
  • 2003: 1313 buildings, average cost: $146,000
  • 2004: 1462 buildings, average cost: $141,500
  • 2007: 636 buildings, average cost: $119,500
  • 2008: 410 buildings, average cost: $131,300
  • 2009: 262 buildings, average cost: $159,000
  • 2010: 203 buildings, average cost: $155,200
  • 2011: 268 buildings, average cost: $133,800
  • 2012: 400 buildings, average cost: $143,900
  • 2013: 488 buildings, average cost: $174,800
  • 2014: 599 buildings, average cost: $208,600

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $1,366 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $933 (0.6%)

Bay County household income distribution in 2009 Bay County home values distribution Bay County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 16.8%
(14.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.1% for Black residents, 21.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 34.3% for American Indian residents, 21.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 22.4% for other race residents, 22.0% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 16.8%
Bay County:

16.8%
Florida:

15.7%
(14.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.1% for Black residents, 20.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.4% for American Indian residents, 21.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 18.9% for other race residents, 19.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 39 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 33 years old)

Area name: Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bay County is $519 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $594 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $820 a month.

Cities in this county include: Panama City, Panama City Beaches, Callaway, Lynn Haven, Upper Grand Lagoon, Springfield, Southport, Panama City Beach, Youngstown, Cedar Grove.

Bay County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Zip CodeCityCertified Residential DatabaseMandatory Residential DatabaseMandatory Non-Residential Database
Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)
32401Panama City80130130
32403Panama City10----
32404Panama City3409090
32405Panama City510130130
32407Panama City Beach50----
32408Panama City170----
32409Panama City102020
32413Panama City Beach101010
32438Fountain--3030
32444Lynn Haven290----
32466Youngstown201010

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Neighboring counties: Bastrop County, Texas , Jackson County, Mississippi , St. James Parish, Louisiana , Suwannee County , Polk County, Texas , San Jacinto County, Texas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.0%
Florida:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 6,965
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 5,382 (54% naturalized citizens)

Bay County:

3.6%
Whole state:

16.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 888
  • 1990 to 1994: 650
  • 1985 to 1989: 574
  • 1980 to 1984: 619
  • 1975 to 1979: 611
  • 1970 to 1974: 440
  • 1970 to 1974: 335
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,265
Note: State values scaled to Bay County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 95.0%

Bay County marital status for males Bay County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 41,986
  • One, attached: 3,746
  • Two: 2,544
  • 3 or 4: 4,219
  • 5 to 9: 3,723
  • 10 to 19: 2,221
  • 20 or more: 6,842
  • Mobile homes: 12,926
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 228

Housing units in Bay County with a mortgage: 20,076 (2,059 second mortgage, 1,630 home equity loan, 80 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 10,504

Here:

65.7% with mortgage
State:

71.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Bay County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant43,852137
Mainline Protestant11,22031
Catholic7,7447
Other4,06818
Black Protestant2,68511
Orthodox701
None99,213-
Bay County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 30
Bay County:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 17
This county:

1.04 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 83
Bay County:

5.07 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

3.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 150
This county:

9.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.45 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Bay County:

10.2%
Florida:

9.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Bay County:

25.0%
State:

23.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.4%
State:

14.0%

Agriculture in Bay County:

Average size of farms: 94 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $18,592
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1497.78
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 70.81%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 12.77%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $16,476
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 11.56%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $20,307
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.52%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.05
Vegetables: 27 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 18 acres

Earthquake activity:

Bay County-area historical earthquake activity is above Florida state average. It is 94% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 281.1 miles away from Bay County center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 115.5 miles away from the county center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 322.1 miles away from the county center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 239.9 miles away from the county center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 295.7 miles away from Bay County center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 215.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Florida Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: April 28, 2014 to May 06, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4177: May 06, 2014, FEMA Id: 4177, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Florida Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: July 02, 2013 to July 07, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4138: August 02, 2013, FEMA Id: 4138, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Florida Hurricane Isaac, Incident Period: August 27, 2012 to August 29, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4084: October 18, 2012, FEMA Id: 4084, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Florida Severe Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds, Incident Period: March 26, 2009 to May 05, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1831: April 21, 2009, FEMA Id: 1831, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Florida Hurricane Gustav, Incident Period: August 31, 2008 to September 07, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1806: October 27, 2008, FEMA Id: 1806, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Florida Tropical Storm Fay, Incident Period: August 18, 2008 to September 12, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3288: August 21, 2008, FEMA Id: 3288, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Florida Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3220: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3220, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Florida Hurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 24, 2005 to September 06, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1602: August 28, 2005, FEMA Id: 1602, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Florida Hurricane Dennis, Incident Period: July 07, 2005 to July 20, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1595: July 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 1595, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Florida Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 13, 2004 to November 17, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1551: September 16, 2004, FEMA Id: 1551, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 18 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Bay County (28) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 22
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 13, Floods: 7, Tropical Storms: 6, Storms: 5, Fires: 3, Tornadoes: 3, Winds: 3, Heavy Rain: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • United Kingdom (11%)
  • Germany (10%)
  • Philippines (9%)
  • Canada (8%)
  • Vietnam (7%)
  • Korea (5%)
  • Mexico (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Bay County (%):

  • United States or American (22%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • German (11%)
  • English (11%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)

Bay County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 54,694 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 8,841 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 125 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 7 (0%)
  • Railroad: 5 (0%)
  • Taxi: 75 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 133 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 357 (1%)
  • Walked: 1,111 (2%)
  • Other means: 639 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 1,561 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Bay County, Florida in 2000:

  • 1,495 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 747 people in nursing homes
  • 413 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 240 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 103 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents
  • 64 people in state prisons
  • 63 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 59 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 41 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 35 people in other group homes
  • 28 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 26 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 13 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 11 people in military ships
  • 4 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 2 people in religious group quarters

People in group quarters in Bay County, Florida in 2010:

  • 979 people in state prisons
  • 973 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 854 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 513 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
  • 162 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 97 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 83 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 67 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 64 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 13 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 12 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,560.

8.11% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,122 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.11%
Florida average:

7.97%


0.20% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,385 average AGI)
Bay County:

0.20%
Florida average:

0.11%

2.79% relocated from other counties in Florida ($11,814 average AGI)
5.13% relocated from other states ($26,924 average AGI)
Bay County:

5.13%
Florida average:

3.71%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Washington County, FL  0.30% ($29,803 average AGI)
from Okaloosa County, FL  0.20% ($40,873)
from Gulf County, FL  0.20% ($34,825)
from Leon County, FL  0.19% ($35,719)
from Walton County, FL  0.18% ($42,956)
from Jackson County, FL  0.14% ($34,418)
from Escambia County, FL  0.14% ($46,011)


8.21% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($36,695 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.21%
Florida average:

7.17%


0.31% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,411 average AGI)
Bay County:

0.31%
Florida average:

0.12%

2.71% relocated to other counties in Florida ($11,046 average AGI)
5.20% relocated to other states ($24,238 average AGI)
Bay County:

5.20%
Florida average:

2.87%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Washington County, FL  0.26% ($31,235 average AGI)
to Okaloosa County, FL  0.20% ($46,542)
to Hillsborough County, FL  0.18% ($27,726)
to Leon County, FL  0.17% ($29,884)
to Escambia County, FL  0.17% ($31,875)
to Gulf County, FL  0.17% ($34,123)
to Walton County, FL  0.16% ($52,771)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.6
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.8
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.3

Births per 1000 population in Bay County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Bay County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Bay County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 19.3%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Bay County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Bay County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 26,854 (21,699 aged, 5,155 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 4,899 (13%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Bay County, Florida in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2,261)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,003)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,440)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,090)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (860)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (768)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (636)
  • Essential (primary) hypertension (450)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (415)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (396)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.27
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 18,023
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 342
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 58,954

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,482
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 888
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 31
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 97

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 50.5. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 22.1
  • Other - 28.5

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 167.2. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 104.8
  • Suffocation - 32.2
  • Poisoning - 23.9
  • Other - 6.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 165,035
  • In family households: 134,365 (29,522 male householders, 14,929 female householders)
    31,826 spouses, 43,261 children (39,220 natural, 1,086 adopted, 2,955 stepchildren), 4,198 grandchildren, 1,471 brothers or sisters, 1,532 parents, 1,935 other relatives, 4,742 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 30,670 (11,925 male householders (8,756 living alone)), 12,062 female householders (10,052 living alone)), 6,683 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 3,817 (2,898 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 20,433 2-persons, 10,833 3-persons, 7,804 4-persons, 3,537 5-persons, 1,198 6-persons, 646 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 18,808 1-person, 4,213 2-persons, 626 3-persons, 211 4-persons, 96 5-persons, 20 6-persons, 13 7-or-more-persons.

22,302 married couples with children.
9,619 single-parent households (2,080 men, 7,539 women).

93.6% of residents of Bay County speak English at home.
2.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (64% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
2.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (54% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (76% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,599,092,000 ($10,124 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $712,636,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $595,599,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $195,752,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,105,000
Federal grants: $157,014,000
Federal procurement contracts: $290,605,000 ($239,969,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $359,016,000 ($321,432,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,881,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $140,994,000
Federal Government insurance: $3,294,769,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 10,637
Here:

66 per 1000 residents
State:

63 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 7,568
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +699
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+30 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +9,795
Here:

+61 per 1000 residents
State:

+59 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Bay County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 51.17 millions of gallons per day (12% from ground, 88% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 475
  • 2010 to 2013: 1,757
  • 2000 to 2009: 21,469
  • 1990 to 1999: 19,921
  • 1980 to 1989: 26,211
  • 1970 to 1979: 13,020
  • 1960 to 1969: 6,277
  • 1950 to 1959: 6,198
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,658
  • 1939 or earlier: 2,721
Note: State values scaled to Bay population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Bay County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Bay County population
  • 1 room: 154
  • 2 rooms: 529
  • 3 rooms: 1,882
  • 4 rooms: 5,364
  • 5 rooms: 9,983
  • 6 rooms: 10,998
  • 7 rooms: 6,481
  • 8 rooms: 3,235
  • 9+ rooms: 2,266
  • 1 room: 361
  • 2 rooms: 1,428
  • 3 rooms: 3,382
  • 4 rooms: 5,894
  • 5 rooms: 4,483
  • 6 rooms: 2,003
  • 7 rooms: 734
  • 8 rooms: 308
  • 9+ rooms: 112
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Bay County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Bay County population
  • no bedroom: 203
  • 1 bedroom: 1,596
  • 2 bedrooms: 9,237
  • 3 bedrooms: 23,539
  • 4 bedrooms: 5,613
  • 5+ bedrooms: 704
  • no bedroom: 517
  • 1 bedroom: 3,803
  • 2 bedrooms: 8,739
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,953
  • 4 bedrooms: 647
  • 5+ bedrooms: 46
Cars and other vehicles available in Bay County, Florida in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Bay County population
  • no vehicle: 1,238
  • 1 vehicle: 12,905
  • 2 vehicles: 18,811
  • 3 vehicles: 6,010
  • 4 vehicles: 1,522
  • 5+ vehicles: 406
  • no vehicle: 2,720
  • 1 vehicle: 9,409
  • 2 vehicles: 5,408
  • 3 vehicles: 960
  • 4 vehicles: 179
  • 5+ vehicles: 29

50% of Bay County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 28% lived in Florida.

Bay County:

50.4%
State average:

51.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 61,077
  • Northeast: 12,161
  • Midwest: 17,068
  • South: 41,746
  • West: 7,213

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $92,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Bay County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (73.4%)
  • Utility gas (18.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.2%)
  • Wood (0.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.6%)
  • Electricity (73.6%)
  • Utility gas (20.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,312
Here:

7.8%
Florida:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 508
Here:

5.9%
Florida:

9.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 503
Here:

8.3%
Florida:

21.0%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Bay County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,537,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,145,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $28,554,000
    Police Protection: $19,158,000
    Solid Waste Management: $13,406,000
    Sewerage: $10,795,000
    Financial Administration: $8,272,000
    Water Utilities: $7,402,000
    Central Staff Services: $7,071,000
    Regular Highways: $6,776,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $6,413,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,070,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,838,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $2,122,000
    Health - Other: $1,193,000
    Housing and Community Development: $879,000
    Other Higher Education: $376,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $215,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $194,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,476,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $2,162,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $5,808,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,600,000
    Sewerage: $1,584,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,115,000
    Financial Administration: $786,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $388,000
    Police Protection: $360,000
    Local Fire Protection: $242,000
    Water Utilities: $96,000
    Health - Other: $63,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $60,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $11,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $31,905,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $3,734,000

Bay County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $17,974,000
    Solid Waste Management: $11,482,000
    Sewerage: $7,248,000
    Higher Education - Other: $390,000
    Parks and Recreation: $50,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $3,007,000
    Highways: $208,000
    Public Welfare: $173,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $4,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,430,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,314,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $983,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $814,000
    Special Assessments: $502,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $8,992,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $14,244,000
    Highways: $4,764,000
    All Other: $2,588,000
    Public Welfare: $29,000
  • Tax - Property: $53,350,000
    Other License: $6,890,000
    Other Selective Sales: $5,415,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $3,595,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $827,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $66,000

Bay County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $147,691,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $142,254,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $52,469,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $47,032,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $38,525,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $35,740,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $2,785,000

Bay County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $125,935,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $35,740,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 3,653
  • Number of aged recipients: 308
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 3,345
  • Number of recipients under 18: 689
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 2,318
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 646
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,355
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,574
Bay County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Bay County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 29 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED842$169,765983$188,8032,299$191,381164$73,9216$1,571,167847$211,706134$78,679
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED47$158,745100$188,460267$182,80529$43,4140$088$205,48944$66,659
APPLICATIONS DENIED197$157,168347$163,4351,338$185,967151$57,2911$150,000496$208,214199$74,528
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN173$162,936239$186,766786$190,65655$84,2731$1,900,000278$198,07981$100,086
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS18$160,94422$152,545123$191,9027$109,0000$028$186,3215$66,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 22 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED50$191,12043$223,6512$138,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED30$230,23319$234,8429$224,667
APPLICATIONS DENIED16$232,12517$200,0593$285,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN8$170,1256$224,6674$178,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS5$212,4000$01$240,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Bay County, FL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James99270.3 years
John81872.1 years
William80072.6 years
Mary71476.9 years
Robert63170.3 years
Charles43369.8 years
George35074.2 years
Thomas29972.8 years
Joseph28373.5 years
Willie27373.3 years
Most common last names in Bay County, FL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith41874.5 years
Williams30073.7 years
Davis29375.0 years
Johnson27272.8 years
Brown25973.5 years
Jones24072.1 years
Taylor15971.8 years
Miller15175.3 years
Anderson14675.2 years
White13573.1 years
Businesses in Bay County, FL
NameCountNameCount
AT&T3Lane Furniture5
Ace Hardware2Little Caesars Pizza3
Advance Auto Parts4Lowe's2
Aeropostale2MainStay1
American Eagle Outfitters2Marriott5
Ann Taylor1MasterBrand Cabinets4
Applebee's3Maurices1
Arby's4Mazda1
AutoZone3McDonald's10
Bath & Body Works2Microtel1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motherhood Maternity1
Best Western1New Balance1
Budget Car Rental2New York & Co1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Nike12
Burger King11Nissan1
CVS9Office Depot2
Cache1OfficeMax1
Charlotte Russe1Old Navy1
Chevrolet1Olive Garden2
Chick-Fil-A5Outback1
Chico's1Outback Steakhouse1
Church's Chicken1Pac Sun1
Cold Stone Creamery1Panera Bread2
Coldwater Creek1Papa John's Pizza3
ColorTyme1Payless3
Comfort Inn2Penske3
Comfort Suites2PetSmart1
Curves1Pier 1 Imports1
Dairy Queen2Pizza Hut6
Days Inn4Popeyes2
Domino's Pizza6Publix Super Markets5
Dunkin Donuts1Quality1
Econo Lodge1Quiznos1
Famous Footwear1RadioShack3
FedEx30Ramada1
Finish Line1Red Lobster1
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Red Robin1
Foot Locker1Red Roof Inn1
Ford1Rooms To Go2
GNC3Rue212
GameStop3SAS Shoes1
Goodwill5SONIC Drive-In6
H&R Block6Sam's Club1
Hardee's1Sears4
Hilton2Shoe Carnival1
Hobby Lobby1Sleep Inn3
Holiday Inn4Spencer Gifts1
Hollister Co.1Sprint Nextel3
Home Depot2Starbucks6
Honda1Subway17
Hot Topic1T-Mobile7
Howard Johnson1T.G.I. Driday's2
Hyundai1T.J.Maxx1
IHOP1Taco Bell5
JCPenney2Target1
JoS. A. Bank1Toyota1
Jones New York1Toys"R"Us2
Journeys2U-Haul11
Justice2UPS22
KFC4Vans4
Kincaid1Verizon Wireless1
Kmart3Victoria's Secret2
Knights Inn1Volkswagen1
Kohl's1Waffle House8
Kroger7Walgreens4
La Quinta3Walmart3
La-Z-Boy1Wet Seal1
Lane Bryant1Wingate1

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  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
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  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"