Profile for Pensacola, Florida, FL
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Pensacola is a city in Escambia County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from an Indian term for "long-haired people."
The latitude of Pensacola is 30.421N. The longitude is -87.216W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 102 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 54,897.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Pensacola demographic reports
Pensacola is on Pensacola Bay.
Early control of the city bounced among the Spanish, French and British.
The Navy shipyard established here evolved into an important air station.
Home of the Blue Angels flying squad
Public transportation: Escambia County Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 375. The number of murders and homicides was 4. The violent crime rate was 6.7 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Gen. Chappie James
· Emmitt Smith, football player
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Bad Ass Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Fiesta of Five Flags - May 31-June 6, 2007
- Seafood Festival - Sept. 21-23, 2007
- Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival - Nov. 8-18, 2007
- Pensacola Interstate Fair - Oct. 18-28, 2007
- GraceFest - April 14, 2007
- Hawkshaw Music Fest - May 19-20, 2007
- Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival - Nov. 2-4, 2007
- Greek Festival - Nov. 9-11, 2007
- Pensacola JazzFest - March 31-April, 2007
- Crawfish Creole Fiesta - May 4-6, 2007
- International Film Festival - Oct. 26-28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Pensacola web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Opera
Nearby parks & recreation:
Big Lagoon State Recreation Area, Perdido Key State Recreation Area
Pensacola attractions: Pensacola Greyhound Track
Sports teams: Ice Pilots (ECHL)
Historic sites and museums: Pensacola Historical Museum, Pensacola Museum of Art, National Museum of Naval Aviation, Museum of Industry, Museum of Commerce
Colleges and universities:
University of West Florida, Pensacola Junior College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 124
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Sections below provide additional information and links about Pensacola demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Escambia County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Pensacola area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 32503 ZIP code.
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Ancestry & family history
11% of Pensacola residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Pensacola ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Pensacola was $21,438, compared with $21,587 nationally.
32% of Pensacola residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Pensacola festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Seafood Festival - S
- Fiesta of Five Flags - M
- Pensacola Interstate Fair - O
- Pensacola JazzFest - M
- GraceFest - A
- Crawfish Creole Fiesta - M
- Hawkshaw Music Fest - M
- International Film Festival - O
- Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival - N
- Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival - N
- Greek Festival - N
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Pensacola include Fort Barrancas Historical District, North Hill Preservation District, Pensacola Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Pensacola, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $455. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $892.
Libraries in Pensacola include Lucia M. Tryon Branch, Southwest Branch Library, West Florida Regional Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Pensacola include Pensacola News Journal
TV stations in Pensacola include WBQP-CA, WEAR, WHBR, WJTC, WRBD-LP, WSRE.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WUWF.
Escambia County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Pensacola political report.
The average commute time for Pensacola workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 22 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Pensacola between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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