Pensacola, FL, City Facts and Higher Education Info

Pensacola, Florida, is a historical city in western Florida's Panhandle region. The city is home to a few colleges, technical institutes and universities. Read more about the economy, population and school options in Pensacola below.

Information about Pensacola

Pensacola is a small city of about 53,000 residents, according to 2014 U.S. census estimates. It is tucked away at the west end of Florida's panhandle on the northern bank of the broad Pensacola Bay, close to Florida's border with Alabama. Pensacola is five miles inland from the nearest beaches and is home to a naval aviation school and several busy dockyards.

Unlike many of Florida's other major cities, whose main attractions are often theme parks, beaches and elaborate resorts, Pensacola's main draw is its rich history. Originally occupied by the Spanish, Pensacola is one of the oldest cities in the United States, having been occupied by European settlers more than 450 years ago.

An important attraction in Pensacola is its historic village, located in the Seville District. About eight miles west of Pensacola is a U.S. Naval Base, home to the Museum of Naval Aviation. The Museum exhibits U.S. naval aircraft ranging from the first seaplane acquired in 1911 to the Hornets and Phantoms of more recent times. The Pensacola Naval Base is also home to the Navy's Blue Angels precision flying team.

Higher Education

Pensacola is home to about 10 colleges and schools. The University of West Florida, a public institution, is the largest public school in Pensacola with almost 13,000 students, as of Fall 2014. It offers nearly 50 different associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Pensacola State College, a 4-year public college primarily offering associate's degrees, also operates in the city and enrolls about 10,000 students.

A massage therapy school and ultrasound institute can also be found here, along with George Stone Technical Center, which has certificate programs in construction, information sciences, mechanic technologies, welding and cosmetology.

Economy and Employment

Pensacola's economy is relatively diverse, with large numbers of residents employed in such industries as educational and health care services, construction, professional and management fields, arts, entertainment and food service. Top employers in the town of Pensacola include the Escambia County School Board, Delta Health Group, University of West Florida, and the County of Escambia. Top industries include tourism, military, education, and healthcare.

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