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Time Zone: Bay County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Panama City is the Seat for Bay County.

Bay County was founded April 24, 1913. Bay was created by taking area from Calhoun and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Bay had a population of 164,767 people. This is an increase of 11.17% since the last Census (which gave a population of 148,217 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Bay represented 0.93% of the total population of Florida, making it the state's 25th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010168,852+13.92%+2.48% since 2009
2009164,767+11.17%+0.59% since 2008
2008163,802+10.51%+0.31% since 2007
2000148,217The Last Census

More information can be found on the Bay County Census Page for Bay County.


Below are some of the communities located in Bay County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Bay County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Panama City   36,64336,4170.62% increase  
Lynn Haven   15,36812,45123.43% increase  
Panama City Beach   14,5147,67189.2% increase  
Callaway   13,97214,2331.83% decrease  
Springfield   8,8698,8100.67% increase  

Websites for Bay County

Official Website:   www.co.bay.fl.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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