Review of Pensacola, Florida


Pensacola, things you need to know
Star Rating - 1/24/2016
First is lack of real jobs. You will not make a lot of money working here. While the beaches are very nice, the crime is very bad. The majority of the crime lies in the fact we have over 15 large housing projects. Pensacola is a very small area and we shouldn't have this much poverty in an area this small. We have a lot of gang activity in these areas and there is no one to counsel young people to keep them away from the streets where drugs and violence rule the day. Pensacola is the 6th most violent small city in the United States. Until we find some way to help at risk young people and find them mentors we will continue to have this problem. The county government is useless. Everyone wants to point their finger at the police for all the crime but this is a community problem. The high cost of living is ridiculous. Rents are sky high and to buy a house you'll overpay what the house is actually worth. You have rich people, lower middle class people and poverty. While the mayor of Pensacola has done a lot to bring downtown Pensacola to life, the county really needs to step up and deliver the same changes that our mayor has been able to provide. Before you decide to move here do your research. Make sure you have a good paying job before you ever think of moving to this area. This is a tourist area and that is where all the jobs lie and it's seasonal employment so great money in the summer. That means bartending, waitressing, working in a service related industry, mostly low paying retail. You get the picture. We have three large hospitals and we have a lot of older people who retire here so there is a lot of hospital jobs but they do require some form of formal education. And speaking of education the schools here are horrible. Unless you send your child to private school you might as well hang it up on your children getting a decent education.
Kat | Warrington, FL
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She has a right to post her review and you have a right to respond. All reviews - good and bad - help people considering a move to an area. But please, don't tell people who have a negative review to move or leave if they don't like it. Simply say you disagree! Geez - lots of mean people on this site! Do your work for the city and thus why so defensive?
Rita | Royal Oak, MI | Report Abuse

I lived in Pensacola for a while in my late teens and early twenties. I was able to see both worlds downtown and on the edges of town. Anybody that says that crime is low there is crazy or blind to the truth, maybe even a politician. The crime is high I did see plenty of homeless people, along with gang members wearing their colors and show their guns as i drove by. It does have beautiful Beaches i perfer the ones not destroyed or littered with liquor and beer bottles not to mention heroin needles (pensacola Beach). Pot heads stinking up clubs and bars with their dope stink, not mention Crystal Meth is pretty big there too. Burglaries are high due to druggies and other criminals. Be wary of non-objective posts just keep in mind increased population means increased profits for the right people (politicians and land Developers/Realtors).
Eric | Richlands, NC | Report Abuse

I have to disagree with Kat on almost everything she's written about Pensacola. A place is what you make it. You don't need to have a job here before you relocate. I've been here over 3 years and I love it. The unemployment rate is low. The people are nice. Kat mentions crime, but where is she living? You can read about crime but not be involved in it or have it affect you. Honestly I think this is one of the lowest crime areas in the nation. I say that because if you commit a crime in Pensacola, they'll throw the book at you. Potential criminals are deterred as a result. And where is the poverty that she speaks of? Again, I've not seen this or heard of it. I highly doubt that Kat has traveled anywhere else to see how bad a place can really be. High cost of living? Drugs? Seriously Kat? This is a terrible review of Pensacola. It sounds like she needs to get out of this place because the lens she is using to look through is not an accurate portrayal at all.
Barbara | Ferry Pass, FL | Report Abuse
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