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Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola is a city located in Escambia County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 56,255. It is the county seat of Escambia County.

Pensacola is a sea port on Pensacola Bay, which connects to the Gulf of Mexico. A large United States Navy airbase is located southwest of Pensacola in the community called Warrington, which is home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

Pensacola is nicknamed "The City of Five Flags" due to the five flags that have flown over it at various times in its history: the flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, the Confederate States of America, and the United States.

Pensacola is served by Pensacola Regional Airport.

Pensacola Air Travel

Pensacola got a spacious new terminal in 1990 with six jet ways. In only a few years, air travel has increased to such a degree that future plans call for two more gates and a parking garage. Perhaps in the near future we'll also see an increase in direct flights; as it is, you'll need to make connections in Charlotte, Atlanta, Memphis or Nashville. Current carriers include Continental, Delta, Norhtwest Airlink, USAir and AirTran.

Pensacola History

Pensacola was the first settlement of Europeans in what is now the United States. It was founded in 1559 by Don Tristan de Luna and his party of Spanish settlers. However, the settlement was destroyed by a major hurricane shortly afterwards, and was abandoned.

For this reason, many people instead regard St. Augustine, Florida as the first permanent European settlement in what would become the United States. The City of Pensacola, however, still occasionally refers to the area as "America's First Settlement" in advertisements and travel brochures.

The city and its bay were named after the Panzacola indians, a tribe that lived near the bay when the Spanish arrived. The name was changed to Pensacola to make it easier to pronounce for the Spanish. Despite the original settlement's destruction, the name was preserved and used when the area was re-settled during the 17th Century.

The Pensacola area is home to three historic U.S. forts, Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas, and Fort McRee, as well as Barrancas National Cemetery. Fort Pickens was completed in 1834. It holds the distinction of being the only Southern fort not to be captured by the Confederacy in the American Civil War.

When Florida seceded from the Union on January 10th, 1861, remaining Union forces in the city evacuated to Fort Pickens. The Confederacy then held Pensacola until abandoning the city in May of 1862.

From 1885 to 1887, the famous Apache Indian chief Geronimo was imprisoned in Fort Pickens, along with several of his warriors and their families. Fort Pickens is now a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and as such, is administered by the United States Park Service.

Pensacola was the capital of Florida before Tallahassee became the capital.

Pensacola, Florida is the site of anti-abortion extremist Paul Hill's murder of Dr. John Britton, 69, and volunteer escort James Barrett, 74. Hill murdered the two because they helped perform abortions. Additionally, Hill maimed June Barrett, James Barrett’s wife.

Pensacola Transportation

It hasn't always been easy to get there from here, but with both Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties experiencing phenomenal growth, changes are taking place to make traveling easier. Would it surprise you to know that New Orleans is closer to Pensacola than Tallahassee? That from Pensacola, Key West and Chicago are equidistant? Atlanta is just six hours away; Birmingham only four. Pensacola sits on the very eastern edge of the central time zone; set your watch one hour ahead at the Apalachicola River, about a two-hour drive from the Florida-Alabama border.

Pensacola Road Trips

Interstate 10 can connect you with Jacksonville in six hours; Baton Rouge in about four. Mobile, Alabama is a quick 50-mile drive west. Getting to northern cities via I-65 is a little tricky at present, with no major connecting roads. Plans are in the works to connect the I-110 spur, which currently only serves Pensacola, with I-65....sometime before 2010. Residents realized the inadequacies of this system when 50,000 cars all tried evacuating at once during 1995's hurricane season. Since then, a dialogue has gotten underway on the best place to connect Northwest Florida with its northern neighbors to avoid that time of news-making gridlock.

Pensacola Amtrack Service

Amtrak offers perhaps the most leisurely trip of all. Kick back in your own room in a sleeper car, have a quiet dinner, or watch the world go by from your seat or observation car. Most Northwest Floridians never get to see the train, however; stops come at 5 and 6 a.m. For train information, call Amtrak at (800) 872-7425.

Pensacola Geography

Pensacola is located at 30°26'13" North, 87°12'33" West (30.436988, -87.209277)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 102.7 km² (39.7 mi²). 58.8 km² (22.7 mi²) of it is land and 43.9 km² (17.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 42.77% water.

Pensacola Hurricanes

Pensacola's location on the Florida Panhandle makes it vulnerable to hurricanes. Major hurricanes which have made landfall at or near Pensacola include Hurricane Juan (1985), Hurricane Opal (1995), and Hurricane Ivan (2004).

The Pensacola area was devastated by Hurricane Ivan. The hurricane either damaged or destroyed a large number of homes and businesses. Particularly hard-hit were the areas around Perdido Bay and Pensacola Beach. In addition, many of the area's bridges sustained structural damage. The hurricane disrupted public schools in Escambia County for nearly a month.

Pensacola Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 56,255 people, 24,524 households, and 14,665 families residing in the city. The population density is 956.8/km² (2,478.7/mi²). There are 26,995 housing units at an average density of 459.2/km² (1,189.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 64.91% White, 30.58% African American, 1.77% Asian, 0.52% Native American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 2.07% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 24,524 households out of which 24.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% are married couples living together, 16.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 40.2% are non-families. 32.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.27 and the average family size is 2.92.

In city the population is spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $34,779, and the median income for a family is $42,868. Males have a median income of $32,258 versus $23,582 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,438. 16.1% of the population and 12.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 26.2% of those under the age of 18 and 9.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Pensacola Local Media

The largest daily newspaper in the area is the Pensacola News Journal. Pensacola is also home to WEAR-TV, the ABC affiliate for Pensacola, Mobile, Alabama, and Fort Walton Beach, Florida, as well as WSRE-TV, the local PBS affiliate, which is operated by Pensacola Junior College. Other major networks are broadcast from nearby Mobile, such as CBS affiliate WKRG, NBC affiliate WPMI, and FOX affiliate WALA.

Pensacola Local Schools and Libraries

Public schools in Pensacola are administered by the Escambia County School District.

Pensacola Universities, Colleges and High Schools

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Pensacola Local Hospitals

Baptist Hospital
Sacred Heart Hospital
West Florida Hospital
Naval Hospital Pensacola
Nemours Children's Clinic

Pensacola Sports Teams

Pensacola is home to several semiprofessional sports teams:

The Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey League
The Pensacola Pelicans of the Central Baseball League
The Pensacola Aviators of the American Basketball Association (expansion team; set to begin play in 2005 or 2006)
The Pensacola Power of the National Women's Football Association

Famous Pensacolians

Jay Bell
Derrick Brooks
Joe Durant
Justin Gatlin
General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr.
Roy Jones, Jr.
Fred Levin
Joe Scarborough
Emmitt Smith
Michelle Snow
Neal Boortz

Pensacola Famous Visitors

On 10 August 2004, Pensacola was visited by President George W. Bush, the first President to visit the area since his father. George W. Bush returned — with his mother — to Pensacola on 18 March 2005 to hold a town hall meeting at Pensacola Junior College about his plans for Social Security.

Pensacola and Escambia County

Pensacola may be one of the few resort towns left where it's still possible to buy a fixer-upper in a nice neighborhood for less than $40,000. Or for those with money to spare, build a palace on the beach for millions. Now there's economic diversity for you, meaning that most of us fall somewhere in between. Some Pensacola neighborhoods are undergoing a regentrification process; empty nesters are selling homes they've lived in for decades, replaced by young families looking for safety and stability in an established neighborhood.

Pensacola Beaches

Pensacola Beach

This is the commercial and residential part of Santa Rosa Island (named after a Spanish saint or spaghetti sauce, no one can quite remember). Change is everywhere on this barrier island, located about eight miles from downtown Pensacola over the Pensacola Bay Bridge. If you're one of those whose family vacationed on the beach years ago, and you always dreamed of living there, the metamorphosis from funky neighborhood to upscale beach resort may surprise you. Many of the older cinder block cottages were destroyed during 1995's hurricanes, so beach homes had to be built back on 15-foot stilts, increasing their cost and value. To its credit, Pensacola Beach looks better than ever, with new public areas, landscaping, hotels and colorful multi-story homes.

Perdido Key

Perdido Key is located 15 miles west of Pensacola. This barrier island tends to be quieter due to its more remote location. Public areas are confined to the natural areas of the Gulf Islands National Seashore on the island's eastern tip, or the Perdido Key State Recreation Area in the heart of the key.

Gulf Breeze (and Santa Rosa County)

Gulf Breeze only became a city in the 1960's, and just recently has been hit by a tourism and residential boom the likes of which it could never have imagined. Although tourists may clog the Hwy. 98 artery through the city during the summer months, Gulf Breeze is much more than a way station to the beach. Numerous coves, densely wooded areas and mossy oaks define the peninsula, while farther east along Highway 98, subdivisions feature man-made canals, small inlets and plenty of shade trees.

A good portion of Santa Rosa County is small towns and rural communities with Milton as the County seat, dotted with bays, bayous, and a network of pristine freshwater rivers. One of the trendy new areas of the county is Pace, linked by bridge to Pensacola's northern end across Escambia Bay.

Pensacola Climate

Northwest Florida is blessed with four distinct seasons. Summer comes early and stays late, bringing the characteristic heat and humidity that some residents can't get enough of, and others find oppressive. We've got it good during the relatively abbreviated spring and fall seasons, with mild temperatures in the 70's and 80's. The cool nights and sun filled days bring with them a flurry of outdoor festivals. We like to call our brief winters "fireplace weather", and although we've been surprised with snow, it's about as rare a sight as a snow blower on the beach.

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