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Bay County, Florida

Bay County Florida
US county information
NameBay County
SeatPanama City
Largest cityPanama City
US Area
Total Area1033.27 sq mi (2676.2 km2)
Land Area763.68 sq mi (1977.9 km2)
Water Area269.60 sq mi (698.3 km2)
Population168852 (2010)
Density85.36/km2 (221.1/sq mi)
FoundedApril 24, 1913
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Bay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. The U.S. Census Bureau 2006 estimate for the county is 163,505 . Its county seat is Panama City, Florida. The county is best known for its white sand beaches and crystal blue water, where large pods of dolphins swim year-round. These beaches attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world each year.

Bay County is coextensive with the Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, one of the metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and used for statistical purposes by the Census Bureau and other agencies. The OMB has designed Panama City, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as the metropolitan statistical area's principal cities. The Panama City, Florida Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area was first defined in 1981. Lynn Haven was added as a principal city in 2003. On November 20, 2008, the MSA took on its present name when Panama City Beach was designated a principal city by the Office of Management and Budget.

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