Tyndall AFB has been identified as a strategic installation by the Armed Forces of the U.S., specifically for its location along the coast to support associated airspace rights over the Gulf of Mexico. In total, Tyndall AFB comprises of approximately 30,000 acres, including wetlands and natural spaces.
Tyndall AFB is located within the Panama City metro area (population 37,000), which comprises Panama City and Panama City Beach, Parker, Callaway, Springfield, Lynn Haven, and Mexico Beach. The cities are a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial land uses. The Federal government is the largest employer in the metro area, with Tyndall AFB providing a significant number of jobs. Additionally, tourism plays a major role in the local economy. Most land outside the municipalities and adjacent to Tyndall AFB is zoned for agricultural purposes.