Panama City, population 37,000, is in the panhandle of Florida between Tallahassee and Pensacola. As you can see from the map, it is a city on the coast with a very large bay. Barrier islands are nearby with great beaches. Tyndall Air Force Base is located east of the city. The area is popular with retirees who want to live near the coast, although it definitely has its not so nice sides. Photo of the downtown courtesy of Wikipedia and Balon Greyjoy in the public domain.
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There are active adult communities in the Panama City area. The median price of a home was $245,000 in the 1st quarter of 2020, according to the National Association of Realtors.
What is special about Panama City
It is a true waterfront community in an uncrowded part of Florida with inexpensive home prices. St. Andrews State Park is a very nice beach. Was the home of Bill Mazeroski, the unlikely hero of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1960 World Series 7th game win over the Bronx Bombers.
What is not special about Panama City
Summers are hot and humid. It has been dubbed the "Redneck Riveria". Don't go near the place during spring break.
Who will like retirement in Panama City
People looking to retire on a budget near a great harbor might like Panama City.
Local economy is driven by
Construction, retail, tourism
Climate and Physical Environment
The median January temperature is about 50 degrees, the median July temperature is about 82 degrees. It is on the bay on Florida's panhandle.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Local seafood is most likely what you find in most of Panama City's restaurants; Gulf Coast Community College is in town, as are satellite campuses of Florida State University Panama City Campus and Troy University; Concerts on the Green; Seabreeze Jazz Festival
The crime rate is high for such a small city.
Bay Medical Center and Gulf Coast Medical Center are 2 medical facilities in the area.
Northwest Florida Beaches Airport is a brand new airport serving Panama City and the surrounding region. Many economic hopes are pinned to this new facility.
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