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Overview

Introduction to Pensacola, Florida

The city of Pensacola, county seat of Escambia County, is located on the westernmost part of the Florida panhandle, about 10 miles from the Alabama border and 60 miles east of the city of Mobile. The city is a seaport on the Pensacola Bay, which outlets to the Gulf of Mexico. Major highways servicing the city include Interstates I-110 and I-10, U.S. Routes 90 and 98, and Florida State Highway 297. Incorporated in 1822, Pensacola shares the distinction (along with St. Augustine) of being Florida's two oldest chartered cities.

As the very first European settlement in America, Pensacola was colonized by Spanish explorer Don Tristan de Luna in 1559. Its name was derived from the Panzacola Indians who were there when the Spanish explorers landed. Nicknamed "The City of Five Flags", Pensacola has a diverse history, having flown at various times under the flags of Spain, France, England, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. Located southwest of the city is a large U.S. Navy air base, the first in the country, which evolved from what was formerly a Navy shipyard first established in 1825. The air base is now home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Museum of Naval Aviation, a fact which earned Pensacola its alternate nickname: the "Cradle of Naval Aviation".

Pensacola Attractions

Two nicknames are not enough for Pensacola, which also proclaims itself as home to the "World's Whitest Beaches". Fifty-two miles of Gulf waters and their associated pristine shores make it easy to see why. Swimming, fishing, snorkeling, parasailing, and jet skiing await not only beach lovers but also those who take advantage of the various rivers, bayous, and sounds the area has to offer. The city is also home to a multitude of historical and cultural sites. Historic Pensacola Village is a collection of over 20 historical buildings and museums in the Pensacola National Register Historic District. The Pensacola Historical Museum offers overviews of the nations whose flags flew over Pensacola and three changing exhibits a year, including a special seasonal exhibit during December and two exhibits showcasing various aspects of Pensacola's diverse history. The world-class National Museum of Naval Aviation, one of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world, houses over 140 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. The Museum also features memorabilia including personal mementos from historic battles, flight logs, vintage equipment, and flight clothing.

Festivals and special events color the city year-round. The Fiesta of Five Flags, held in June, celebrates the city's Spanish heritage. May's Crawfish Creole Festival commemorates the area's Cajun influence with a large crawfish boil in addition to other traditional Cajun and Creole fare. The Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival is a three-day juried art show which draws more than 200 of the nation’s best artists of all types. The Pensacola King Mackerel and Cobia Tournament, held in June, is one of the Gulf Coast's largest fishing tournaments. Every September, the city hosts the Pensacola Seafood Festival, where delicious fruits of the sea and a variety of continuous local entertainment can be enjoyed over a three-day period.

Sports fans have a variety of choices in Pensacola. Racing excitement abounds at Pensacola Greyhound Track and racing of a different type takes place at Five Flags Speedway. Pensacola is also home to two minor league professional sports teams. The Pensacola Ice Pilots are a hockey team playing in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The Pensacola Pelicans are an independent minor league baseball team which belongs to the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball (AA). Dedicated baseball fans can also take the one-hour drive to Mobile, Alabama, home of the Mobile BayBears, a Class Double-A minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

People

Total Population 52,505
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 24,967
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 38.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33%
Median Earnings25+ $31,513
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,912
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,622

Wealth

Median Family Income $63,644
% Above Poverty Level 84.2%
% Below Poverty Level 15.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.1%
Median Gross Rent $847
Median House Value $144,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.9%
Irish 11.5%

Pensacola Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 173 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Escambia
Metro Area Pensacola
Standard Zip Codes 32501, 32503, 32504, 32505, 32506, 32507, 32508, 32509, 32511, 32512, 32514, 32526, 32534
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32502, 32513, 32516, 32520, 32522, 32523, 32524, 32573, 32574, 32575, 32576, 32581, 32582, 32589, 32590, 32591, 32592, 32593, 32594, 32595, 32596, 32597, 32598
Company Zip Codes 32521, 32559
Phone Area Codes 850
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.421
Longitude -87.216

Pensacola Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PENSACOLA RGNL AP
Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 61 F
Apr Temp 58 to 76 F
Jul Temp 75 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 64.2 inches
Station WHITING FIELD NAS
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 55 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 80 F
Annual Precip 67.3 inches
Station FAIRHOPE 2 NE
Distance 40.7 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 90 F
Oct Temp 57 to 79 F
Annual Precip 67.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Pensacola, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Pcola (32590)

Perdido Key (32507)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gulf Breeze 5,984 $104,398
Milton 9,149 $46,581

Pensacola Public Libraries

Library
West Florida Regional Library
200 WEST GREGORY STREET
Pensacola, Florida
(850) 436-5060
Library Web Site

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Pensacola Hospitals

BAPTIST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1000 WEST MORENO STREET
(850) 434-4011
Emergency Service: Yes

SACRED HEART HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
5151 N 9TH AVE
(850) 416-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

WEST FLORIDA HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
8383 N DAVIS HIGHWAY
(850) 494-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Pensacola High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

ESCAMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
1310 N 65TH AVENUE
850-453-3221
Serves 1,719 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

WASHINGTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
6000 COLLEGE PARKWAY
850-475-5257
Serves 1,693 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

PENSACOLA HIGH SCHOOL
500 W MAXWELL STREET
850-595-1500
A Title I School.
Serves 1,668 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

PINE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
2500 LONGLEAF DRIVE
850-941-6150
A Title I School.
Serves 1,566 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

W. J. WOODHAM HIGH SCHOOL
150 E BURGESS ROAD
850-494-7140
A Title I School.
Serves 1,334 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

WEST FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL/TECHNICAL
2400 LONGLEAF DRIVE
850-941-6200
A Title I School.
Serves 956 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

DIXON CENTER
1201 N H STREET
850-595-6990
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 211 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE ANNEX
30 E TEXAR DRIVE
850-469-5518
A Special Education School
Serves 203 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3

ESCAMBIA WESTGATE CENTER
10050 ASHTON BROSNAHAM DR
850-494-5700
A Special Education School
Serves 195 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

A. V. CLUBBS CENTER
1100 E CERVANTES STREET
850-595-6080
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 152 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

RUBY J. GAINER CHARTER SCHOOL
P. O. BOX 19014
850-439-3888
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

ESCAMBIA JUVENILE DETENTION
1800 ST. MARY AVENUE
850-595-6080
Serves 107 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

E SEAL CENTER
216 HAWTHORN DRIVE
850-453-7463
A Special Education School
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

ESCAMBIA BAY MARINE INSTITUTE
10605 GULF BEACH HIGHWAY
850-492-0708
A Non-traditional School
Serves 78 students.

HOSPITAL & HOMEBOUND
30 E TEXAR DRIVE
850-469-5518
A Special Education School
Serves 67 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.7

PACE PROGRAM
JE HALL CENTER
850-478-7060
A Non-traditional School
Serves 45 students.

LAKEVIEW SPECIAL EDUCATION
1200 W AVERY BUILDING B
850-432-1222
A Special Education School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

PENSACOLA BOY'S BASE SCHOOL
THOMPSON AVENUE
850-453-7521
A Non-traditional School
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

LAKEVIEW DROPOUT PREVENTION
1221 W LAKEVIEW AVENUE
850-595-6085
A Non-traditional School
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS
1201 COLLEGE BOULEVARD
850-478-7060
Serves 7 students.

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