Bay County's Population Jumps

The record number of hurricanes this year, and Florida’s problems with hurricanes last year, apparently has not slowed the rush to live on the coast.

Newly released figures show America is going “coastal” from Maine to Texas. There are now 44 million people living on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

About 1,000 people arrive each day in the hurricane prone areas stretching from Virginia to Texas, and that’s not all. The University of Florida has released new population estimates for Bay County. The head count is now at 161,000 people. That’s 13,000 more in the last five years, or about 2600 new local residents here a year.

Census experts equate the trend to gas prices saying if high prices have not stopped Americans love affair with the car, then why should storms keep them from moving to the coast.