About the Area

Pensacola, Florida

Located in the Central Time Zone, Pensacola is the Western Gate to the Sunshine State where thousands live like millions wish they could! She is the crown of Escambia County Florida which covers 661 square miles bordered by Alabama to the North and West, Santa Rosa County, Florida to the East, and the awesome Gulf of Mexico to the South.


A Great Place to Live

A Great Place to Work

The Department of Defense is the largest economic engine in the greater Pensacola area, with more than $2.77 Billion in Salaries & Wages produced by over 20,000 active duty military and federal employees

After government, Health Care Employers rank next with over 12,000 jobs

Data & Communications Technologies are a growing presence in Pensacola's business landscape

Paper and Chemical Industries are well-represented with processing plants operating by both International Paper Company and Solutia Industries.



A Great Place to Play

Boasting 64,000 acres of water areas, 56 Miles of coastline (including 8 Miles of protected National Seashore Beaches), locals love their backyard!

Fishing, Boating, Windsurfing, Snorkeling, SCUBA Diving one of 400 underwater shipwrecks (including the USS Oriskany – the world's largest manmade reef), Sunbathing, People-watching, or Dining on the cornucopia of local seafoods, Pensacola's location on the majestic Gulf of Mexico is delightful.

8 World-Class, Challenging Golf Courses

Home of the BLUE ANGELS, the United States Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, Pensacolians love the BLUES!

FREE "Blues on the Beach" Concerts

FREE Summer Concerts in Historic Seville Square in Downtown Pensacola

Historic Pensacola Village, Intact English Colonial section with Florida's oldest Church and Cemetery

Annual Seafood and Art Festivals

Mardi Gras Parades and Festivities, and Fiesta of Five Flags Celebrations

FREE Naval Aviation Museum – one of the best in the world!


A Great Place to Grow a Business

Pensacola is unapologetically pro-business! Corporate Tax Rate of 5.5% (first $5000 exempt) – NO Personal Income Taxes Aggregate Costs for Real Estate, Energy, Wages and Taxes are below most other states Highly Efficient, Customer-Friendly Airport Growing & Diversified Economy Low Cost of Living, Highly Educated Workforce of Military Retirees & Dependents Thriving, High-Quality Cultural & Arts Scenes Growing, Vibrant, Pedestrian Friendly, Distinctive & Historical Downtown with Ambitious 30-Acre, $70 Million Maritime Park Planned for Downtown Waterfront Culture of Research & Innovation: Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, Naval Aerospace Research Lab, Center for Cryptology, Andrews Institute, Air Force Water Survival Training Chosen as "Boomtown" in 2007 by Inc. Magazine. Pensacola is leading the way on the Gulf Coast with multiple areas of growth and redevelopment. Pensacola is experiencing a movement which has never been seen. Multiple structures, from office buildings, hotels, apartments, retail, bars, restaurants to a minor league baseball stadium (home of the Blue Wahoos) have recently been built or are in the process of future construction. Military, tourism, higher education, and the medical industry are leaders of employment in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. However, Navy Federal Credit Union has become the dominant new force in the market, providing what will be more than 10,000 above-average paying jobs to Pensacola area.


A Great Place for an Education

7 Colleges & Universities, Including the University of West Florida, designated the "Best Southeastern College" by Princeton Review 27 Public Schools Ranked "A" or "B" 39 Private & Parochial Schools 36th Best High School in America (Pensacola High School's International Baccalaureate Program) Variety & Numerous Technical & Career Training Schools With more than 43,000 students, the Escambia County School District is one of the 100 largest in America. Santa Rosa schools continue to be a leading factor in the county's growth, boasting one of the best school districts in Florida.