Skip to comments.Panama City, FL
Posted on 06/03/2011 8:37:23 AM PDT by jazminerose
Any Freepers hail from Panama City? We're thinking about moving there & need all of the info we can get.
Housing, employment, etc. Are there any really quiet neighborhoods?
There are military there, a big plus. So what is the conservative to libtard ratio?
It looks to be a nice place.
Uhhhh....ping for your neck of the everglades.
Its called the Redneck Riviera. That should help you out. I used to hang out there in college when it still had the old boardwalk and it was totally redneck (Not necessarily a bad thing). Now there are wall to wall condos on the beach. Its a big tourist strip in the summer. You are basically moving to a resort area.
Except for spring break I believe its a pretty quiet area. Beautiful beaches and not too many people. Small town atmosphere from the times I’ve been there. Friends who lived there really liked it.
I’m down in Tampa.
Between Panama City to Fort Walton are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world IMHO. The farther west towards Destin you will find great people and lots of real estate opportunities. Good luck!
Sign me up please.
I live in neighboring Walton county. IMHO Pananma City is a dump and the people , while not all, suck.
One important point...there's a big difference between Panama City and Panama City BEACH. You want to be in Panama City Beach. Panama City has "urban" issues and a boatload of crime in relation to its size.
I bought my boat there, and towed it out through small, crowded streets without getting honked at, so the people there are okay by me.
I echo the response on the crime rate... much too high for its population. Much is owed to the lack of opportunity outside of the hospitality industry and the high proportion of out-of-town visitors.
You didn't say where you are from. If you don't know hurricanes, well you may want to think about that carefully. I lived in Galveston county Texas all my life and moved out to avoid the June-November pucker factor. You just can't get attached to anything because next year, it may be gone. No amount of insurance can replace everything and you can't afford to take everything out unless all your worldly possessions fit in the back seat. In Galveston, the weekends were a mess. If you lived there for the beach, you couldn't get there on weekends. Most locals sit at home because there is no parking, no spots to get to the beach, and There were always fights and drunks and even racial trouble, so why bother.
In Panama City, the beaches are the most beautiful in the world, IMHO. You have to realize that most make their living off of tourists and tourists are sometimes a pain in the arse. I would look to move inland and use the beaches as a weekend destination. I need a place to decompress and feel my town is mine, not a tourist trap that seeks to drain my wallet whenever I come to town. And the kids, OMG, it gets old very quickly.
That's why its so important to be in PCB. The "help" generally has to live across the bridge in Panama City because it's cheaper.
Used to be the best of places...not so much anymore...suggest you look into the Gulf Breeze area, near Pensacola...we were there in February...magnificent and it is very close to the Pensacola NAS, which is a very beautiful base...we overnighted there. Good luck!
If you’re looking for condo’s, here’s a great place. Way down the beach from all the traffic. Lot of retirees and old snowbirds live there full time. Gated and very quiet.
Plus, you can watch me on the beachcam next week. Woot!
Geez. condos, not condo’s.
Don’t move there. Its nice to visit but the armpit of the panhandle. Trust me when I say this. Crime is rampant. There are no jobs. And once you go over the bridge to the mainland from the beach, its a dump.
I relocated from NY to So FL two yrs ago after vacationing here often. I know the Destin, Ft. Walton & Tallahassee areas too. It is indeed beautiful, though I prefer So FL. Recreation is second to none and the weather better than north FL.
Don’t know if it matters to you, but it is very inconvient and expensive to travel to No. FL. No airline hubs. It is faster for me to visit my parents in NY (PBI - LGA) than my sister in Tallahassee.
I find parts is way too “redneck”. I was shocked by things & phrases said by people I would otherwise respect. There is also a pervasive condescending attitude towards professional women, “snowbirds” & Canadians (who sustain many town’s economies), Cuban Americans, and outsiders in general. I never heard the n-word more in my whole 50 yrs in NY than in the last 2 down here. (I am white, but find it offensive.) Its a close tie between sexism or racism as to which bothers me more! The state public school system is terrible and there is an amazing dearth of private higher educational institutions.
The government is Florida’s largest employer. Salaries are abyssmal; I’m making less than two-thirds of my NY salary (was over 100K) for same IT work.
On the up side, NO SNOW, low taxes, good time to buy property.
If it were me I would live in Dothan, Alabama and just drive down to PCB when the sea beckons. It’s cheaper, safer, and friendlier people.
The brand new PC airport has opened up some new routes, although price is still an issue. They're talking about direct flights to Chicago and Cincinnati in the near future. That would be a big deal. Southwest is already doing non-stops to Baltimore, Houston and Nashville.
I plan on retiring there, no worries about schools, and as far as rednecks, come to Ohio...you'll hear far worse than you do along the Gulf.
Interesting idea. Dothan is an up and coming place with very nice people. You can get in the car and be sipping a drink at the beach in 90 minutes.
Interesting take. I find S. FL to be extremely rude.
I was in and out of nearby Fort Rucker a lot during my Army career. Many friends retired in the area and they love it.
Easy access to I-10, but far enough from it to feel the peace. Robert Trent Jones golf trail. Good airport. Mild winters.
Known as PC to the locals PC beach is the resort area. Panama City is a nice southern town, along with the towns nearby (Chipley, Bonifay, Lynn Haven). Nice folks in North Florida. Dothan is nice but Alabama has higher taxes including state income tax, Florida does not. Dunno your political leanings, but this part of Florida is VERY GOP. It still has great sugar sand beaches and clear blue-green water in spite of BP’s misdeeds last year. I was nearby (Apalachicola/St. George Island) a coupla weeks back. Weather and water was great, but sharks and rays seen just off shore made us swim in the pool more than we wanted!
Don’t believe the airlines! They’ve been talking about more routes to Tallahassee for years - and that’s the capital. No easy, cheap way there that doesn’t involve 7 hrs of driving each way. We call it “Tallanasty”. LOL!
If you fish or are a recreational boater, this is the place!
Thanks, we are lookking strictly for SFRs—we have German Shepheds.
I agree, and I’m a New Yorker. NYers are direct, but friendly. Was there last weekend and random folks on streets, stores & subways will happily give directions and talk baseball, weather, etc. I thanked every sailor I saw (was “fleet week”). People here seem to be far less friendly, don’t strike up conversations while waiting in lines, etc. Could be the sucky economy. Also, many more transients. Most Floridians transplanted from somewhere else.
As an aside I’ve noticed folks tend to get married quickly and often here. Not nearly as high a percentage of long-term marriages as I’ve seen elsewhere. Probably related to the transient nature, economy and the higher average age.
Have a friend who moved/retired to Dothan a few years ago. All that’s been said seems true. BUT to travel by air, you must go to Panama City or Atlanta, depending on destination. If thru Atlanta, airfare runs about twice as much if you take the Atlanta-Dothan leg of the flight. The drive to Atlanta is 3-4 hours.
It’s funny, I went to NYC to visit a friend (It’s been about 15 years ago now). I found most New Yorkers there were very friendly, I asked for directions (much to the horror of my friend! LOL) and most were fine, altho I think some were a little surprised to have a stranger talking to them.
It really is odd that the particular people who moved down here to what should be paradise are so sour and angry. I just don’t get it. We’ve been here about 7 years now. It’s worse when the snowbirds are here, but only marginally better when they leave (because there are fewer people). Obviously not everyone is like that, I have met some really nice people, but every year when we trek back to the southwest to visit family I am surprised by how nice everyone is and it’s hard to remember that there are people like that. I mean men actually DO open the door for me (instead of trying to push me out of the way and run in when I open the door) and they engage you in conversation while in line.
Even the older people out there are nicer. Of course, not everyone is nice even out there. But I can sure feel the difference as we drive from here to there over the course of a few days.
Go west. Fort Walton and the surroundings are much nicer.
Quick story about those nasty New Yorkers. As a kid was there with mom and dad. Dad asked directions of some gal on the bus, and she said “Just get off when I get off”.
We did, she pointed things out, and we thanked her and my Dad said “We sure were blessed that your stop was where we needed to go!”
She laughed and said “Oh - my stop was three blocks back - but I can use the excerise!”
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