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Pros

-Nearby beaches
-Historic interest
-Cost of living

Cons

-Arts and culture
-Hurricane risk
-Growth and sprawl


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Because of the strategic location and harbor protection, Pensacola has a rich and varied history. It has “changed hands” among nations 13 times, with periods of French, British, and Spanish occupation. A lumber boom in the late 1800’s also left its mark on architecture and historic sites. Today the city has a strong military presence with the Pensacola Naval Air Station, headquarters of the Blue Angels. Educational attainment is fairly high for a town of this type, and the 9000-student University of West Florida adds a college town element.

Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island containing the white sand beaches of the Gulf Island National Seashore, is a major draw for beach and water sports. The area has a distinct Southern flavor, and many refer to the entire Florida Panhandle as “LA” – Lower Alabama. Ferry Pass and Brent are suburbs north of downtown Pensacola, the former being the larger and more prosperous of the two. Cost of living and home prices are among the lowest in the state, especially for a beach area.

Pensacola is situated on a sandy slope bordering the Pensacola Bay breakwater. The Gulf of Mexico moderates the climate year-round. Summer temperatures are in the 80’s and 90’s, with an occasional 100-degree day if sea breezes diminish. Winter highs are usually in the 50’s. Freezing temperatures may occur December through February, but extended cold waves are infrequent. Rainfall is usually well distributed through the year, but is heaviest in July and August. Fall is relatively dry. Summer rain comes as thunderstorms while winter rains are lighter but occur over longer periods. Snow is observed in 3 out of 10 winters but measurable amounts are rare. Gulf hurricanes are a risk from early July to mid-October.


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Quick Facts About Pensacola


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Pensacola is 5.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Pensacola jobs have Increased by 2.04 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Pensacola's cost of living is 11.60% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Pensacola's population is 52,246 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -6.75 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Pensacola is $100,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.80 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Pensacola public schools spend $10,005 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.7 students per teacher in Pensacola.

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