Pensacola is the most northwestern city in the Florida panhandle and is only 13 miles from the Alabama state border. The waterfront city, known for its white sand beaches and rich historical past, offers year-round residents a high-quality of life with endless outdoor activities, a strong employment market and top-rated healthcare. Pensacola’s population is approximately 54,000 (total Escambia County population is roughly 312,000 persons).
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Pensacola commonly receives awards and accolades each year for it Gulf beaches, top-rated healthcare and area attractions. View recent awards below.
- Beautiful White Sand Beaches
Pensacola's gulf beaches rank among the most beautiful in all of Florida and regularly receive top ratings each year by popular review sites such as Trip Advisor, Dr. Beach and USA Today. In 2020, Pensacola Beach officially ranked as the #4 "Best Beach in America" by Trip Advisor (see Top 5 List below). The sugar like white powder sand, which stays cool on a hot summer's day, is located along the barrier islands of Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.
See the coastline from the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier
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Source: Trip Advisor 2020 Best Beaches in America List
View of Pensacola Beach from the Gulf Pier
- Florida Does Not Have a State Income Tax
One of the biggest benefits of being a Florida resident is the lack of a state income tax. This allows you to keep more of your income. In place of the state tax, Florida earns revenues from the millions of tourists that vacation in our state each year through a 7% sales tax (state level) and a 5% tourist tax (county level) on revenues from rental properties and hotel stays that are for a term of six month or less. Once you become a Florida resident, you will be thankful for the tourists as they pay your share of the state taxes.
- A Year-Round Playground for Outdoor Activities
With 224 sunny days each year and average temperature of 68' year-round, Pensacola is a the ideal city to enjoy outdoor activities by land, sea and air. If you enjoy playing on the water, experience stand-up paddle boarding, kayak through our mangroves or go for a boat ride. By land, play a round of golf or explore our many recreational parks and nature trails. If you're feeling more adventurous, try parasailing or paragliding over the gulf.
- Pensacola Offers Affordable Real Estate
The Pensacola real estate market offers affordable housing options for millennials, growing families and retirees alike. In late summer 2021, the median Pensacola home price is $199,391 and the monthly median rent is $1,279 per month. Living gulf side or on the Intracoastal waterway will cost you more for the amazing water views. For exact housing prices and a list of current homes matching your criteria, contact Natalie Carmichael, our Pensacola relocation expert listed on this page.
- Pensacola Has Great Cuisine & Dining Options
Downtown Pensacola area and the surrounding keys offering many great dining choices. The quaint, historic downtown area offers a full mix of cuisines from casual eateries to 5-star, fine dining restaurants. Pensacola also offers hip and trendy craft beers establishments that have live entertainment, many on a daily basis. If you preference is dining with a water view, there are lots of popular places near Pensacola Bay and Seville Harbor.
- Pensacola Has Top-Rated Healthcare
When relocating to a new city, especially in your retirement years, it's important to have quality healthcare available to you for regular check-ups and emergency care. Pensacola's main hospital, West Florida Hospital, has been Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals for Three Years in a Row by Truven Health Analytics. Truven Health Analytics is a part of IBM Watson Health.
- Pensacola Has a Strong Employment Market
Pensacola's job and employment market has been very strong in recent years with an unemployment rate in the low 4% range (below the nation's average). Top sectors of employment in the Pensacola area include military, tourism and hospitality, medical and healthcare services, education, retail and various professional services. The largest non-military employers in Escambia County include the local School District, Baptist Health Care Corporation and The University of West Florida.
- Endless Events to Continually Check-Out!
If you decide to move to Pensacola, you’ll have many popular events to attend each year. Popular annual Pensacola events include our Crawfish Festival, our Pensacola Beach Air Show, our Pensacola Seafood Festival, and our Summer Music Series just to name a few. The Summer Music Series, located at the Gulfside Pavilion, features different bands on the beach (from Apr thru Oct each year) whereby you will enjoy great music with your feet in the sand while, all while watching breathtaking sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.
- Pensacola is Rich with Historical Heritage
Pensacola is said to be the first European settlement in the New World as the city lies claim to the nation's first settlement by Spanish sailor Don Tristan de Luna in 1559. Residents and visitors alike can view popular historical sites contained with an eight-and-a-half acre Historic Pensacola Village district located downtown Pensacola. This area includes many popular historical sites such as the Pensacola Lighthouse, Fort Pickens
, Fort Barrancas and Emanual Point just to name a few.
An old war canon at Fort Pickens
- Many Wildlife, Parks & Nature Trails to Explore
The Pensacola area offers miles of natural Florida beauty and wildlife along its protected Gulf Coast, which is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. On Pensacola Beach, one popular attraction is the 8.5 mile Eco-Trail which allows you to experience the local ecology including wild birds, turtles, crabs and sea life. There are 29 stops total on the eco-trail. Each stop provides you with maps and pictures to guide you in your exploration of the winding trail.