Panama City is a city and county seat of Bay County in Florida, USA.
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According to the 2010 census, the city's population was 36,484.
The semi-official history of the city, A History of Panama City, published by the Panama City Public Library reports that the city was originally named Harrison. George Mortimer West gave the city its current name because it is on a direct line between Chicago and Panama City in Central America. The city's name change took place during the construction of the Panama Canal as a way to maintain media interest in hopes of gaining assistance in Bay County real estate development