Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle and
the county seat of Escambia County,
Florida. This Panhandle city is a sea
port on Pensacola Bay, which connects
to the Gulf of Mexico. A large United
States Naval Air Station, the first in
the United States, is located southwest
of Pensacola (near the community of
Warrington) and is home to the Blue
Angels flight demonstration team and
the National Naval Aviation Museum.
Popular nicknames include “World’s
Whitest Beaches” due to the white sand
beaches and emerald green waters that
the Pensacola Bay provides access to on
the Gulf of Mexico.
The climate of Pensacola is humid
subtropical, with short, mild winters
and hot, humid summers. Typical summer conditions have highs in the lower
90s and lows in the mid-70s. Afternoon
or evening thunderstorms are common
during the summer months. Snow is rare
in Pensacola, but does occasionally fall.
Whether you’re an art enthusiast, birdwatcher, golfer, foodie or a
shopaholic, you’ll find your niche in
the Pensacola Bay Area. Home to Gulf
Islands National Seashore, the city
offers some of the best fishing and
boating in the area. Inland, canoeing
enthusiasts won’t want to miss the
beauty of the Blackwater River.
Housing prices in Pensacola are
more reasonable than the rest of Florida and the U.S. At the same time, the
cost of living in the area is 10. 4 percent
below the national average. When it
comes to real estate taxes, permanent
residents receive a $50,000 homestead
exemption each year.
There is no personal income tax in
Florida, which means you get to keep
more of what you earn.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Pensacola State College offers a
wide range of very affordable continuing education, recreation and