Pensacola, Florida 

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-4.3% since 2000

Unemployment Rate


Cost of Living

87.2 / 100

Median Home Price


Median Income


Comfort Index (Climate)

3.5 / 8.0

summer / winter

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Pensacola, Florida is an idyllic coastal city and a popular tourist destination. The city features breathtaking beaches, historic attractions and plenty of shopping and dining options. With its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and its temperate climate, Pensacola is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities like fishing and boating. The city also has a vibrant arts scene, with several theaters and galleries showcasing local talent. Home to numerous museums and historical sites from downtown Pensacola to Fort Pickens State Park, this city is steeped in culture with something to offer for everyone. Beach city/Military town - Western tip of Florida Panhandle on Pensacola Bay along the Gulf Coast.
State: Florida
County: Escambia County
Metro Area: Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metro Area
City: Pensacola
Zip Codes: 32503 32504 32501 32502
Cost of Living: -12.8% lower
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 112 ft above sea level

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What Bert Has To Say About Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metro Area

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.


The unemployment rate in Pensacola is 4.3% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Pensacola jobs have increased by 1.9%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Pensacola's cost of living is 12.8% lower than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Pensacola's Cost of Living

October, April and November are the most pleasant months in Pensacola, while July and August are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Escambia county remained very strongly Republican, 56.6% to 41.5%. More Voting Stats

Pensacola's population is 53,845 people. Since 2020, it has had a population decline of 0.4%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 19.9 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Pensacola is . Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 14.2%.

Pensacola public schools spend $8,856 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.5 students per teacher in Pensacola. More Education

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Housing Market in Pensacola

It's a good time to buy in Pensacola. Home Appreciation is up 14.2% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Pensacola is .

Reviews for Pensacola   72 Reviews
Escambia county is on life support. - 12/17/2022
I grew up in Pcola and moved away after hurricane Ivan over a decade ago. I have recently moved back and was shocked to see the rate of decline it has endured over the... Read More

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Great place to live incredible beaches! - 8/12/2022
I've lived here for almost 30 years and love it! Good size town but not a big city still plenty to do in downtown's really come alive in the last 10 years. Plus we have... Read More

Best place to live, work and play, hands down - 12/27/2021
I came here to visit and never left! The American Planning Association named downtown Pensacola "Florida's Greatest Place" after a popular vote and Palafox Street was... Read More

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