Bay County Demographics




U.S. Navy photo by Jacqui Barker/Released

Neil Patterson, a retired saturation diver now employed at the Naval Surface Warfare Division, Panama City Division, readies equipment for diving bell training procedures.

POPULATION

July 2015 (estimated) 181,635

Percent change from 2010 — 7.6%

Under 18 years — 21.6%

18-64 years — 62%

65 and over — 16.4%

Veterans — 22,869

Percent in Poverty (all ages) —15.8%

 

EDUCATION (Persons age 25+ years)

High school graduate or higher — 87.6%

Bachelor’s degree or higher — 21.6%

Bay County School District state grade — B

 

ECONOMY

In civilian labor force, percent of population 16 years+ — 60.7%

Total employer establishments (2014) — 4,461

Total employment (2014) — 60,513

Unemployment (June 2016) — 4.7%

Average annual wage (2014) — $38,857 (Florida — $44,803)

 

TOP 15 MAJOR EMPLOYERS

  • Tyndall Air Force Base
  • Naval Support Activity- Panama City
  • Bay District Schools
  • Bay Medical Center
  • Walmart and Sam’s Club
  • Bay County  Board of Commissioners
  • Eastern Shipbuilding
  • Gulf Coast Medical Center
  • Gulf Coast State College
  • City of Panama City
  • BookIt.com
  • Trane
  • RockTenn
  • GAC Contractors
  • Royal American Management

Sources: Bay County Online, U.S. Census Bureau