Community Statistics

Education

The primary and secondary schools in Lynn Haven and Bay County offer high caliber, lifelong educational opportunities to residents of Northwest Florida. State-of-the-art facilities and access to the latest technology ensures that graduates meet the expectations of the cutting-edge businesses and industries choosing Lynn Haven, Florida.

K-12 Bay County School District

Lynn Haven has some of the finest schools in the Bay County School District and Northwest Florida. Bay School District has four Elementary Schools, three Middle Schools, and two High Schools located within the City limits. Most of the Lynn Haven schools received a B ranking or better in 2018. For more information, please visit the K-12 Bay County School District website.

Higher Education

Florida State University

Panama City is home to the regional campus of The Florida State University (FSU), a nationally recognized Tier-1 research institution. FSU Panama City offers four-year academic degree plans in a variety of high demand occupation fields. FSU Panama City’s nationally recognized degree programs offer academic quality and value. 

U.S. News and World Report ranked FSU in the top 50 of the nation’s public universities. FSU was also ranked in 14th in Forbes Top 100 Best Buy Colleges and 18th in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges. Many of the programs offered at the FSU Panama City campus have won national awards for excellence. To learn more about how FSU Panama City can help your workforce succeed, visit the school website.

Gulf Coast State College

Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) has served Northwest Florida since 1957. GCSC offers dynamic workforce-focused degree programs in numerous fields, including Computer Science and Software Engineering, Engineering, Information Technology and Medical Technology. The certificate programs include Applied Science and Applied Technical. 

GCSC recently established its first-ever bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science and Technology Management. Each semester, the college enrolls over 7,000 students in credit courses, with thousands more registering in its continuing education programs. For more information, visit the school website.

Haney Technical Center

Haney Technical Center, located in Lynn Haven, has been committed to providing students the opportunity to choose from a diverse array of workforce educational options. Graduates have proven to be self-confident in their pursuits, trained in the technology of their career interest and capable of responding to a rapidly changing world. Haney provides educational opportunities for all students and the hands-on training necessary to meet the needs and standards of today’s changing workplace. 

Program lengths range from 9 months to over 2 years. Haney also offers General Educational Development (GED), Adult Basic Education, and English for Speakers of Other Language classes too. Some of the more popular training programs include:

  • Automotive services
  • Aviation mechanics
  • Electrical
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Industrial pipefitter
  • Marine mechanics
  • Nursing
  • Welding

For more information, visit the Haney Technical Center website

Workforce

The Bay County area has a workforce of about 90,570 people with an unemployment rate of about 3.3%. The top categories are office and admin support at around 15%, management positions 14%, sales 12%, construction 9%, and food industries 8%. The work distribution between blue-collar and white-collar workers is about a 40/60 split. The Bay area has a strong military influence which has contributed to a large pool of qualified, experienced individuals who, when separating from the military, opt to make Bay County their home.

Government Services

Lynn Haven’s strong, local government provides a variety of services that have brought us awards for our environmental stewardship. Services include:

  • City-owned water and wastewater facilities
  • Police and fire services
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability collaborations
  • Trash pickup

The different City Departments can be reached directly at:

DepartmentPhone Number
Administration/City Hall 850-265-2121
Building Department 850-265-7316
Community Services Department 850-271-5547
Economic Development 850-265-2121
Fire Department 850-265-1112
Planning and Permitting Department850-265-2961
Police Department 850-265-4111
Public Works850-265-5989