Why Live in Pensacola?
Movoto.com, a real estate blog, has revealed its picks for the “most exciting” places to live in Florida, and under several of its criteria, the Pensacola area ranked among Florida’s hottest spots.
Pensacola is ranked third per capita in the state for nightlife (bars and nightclubs) and active life (parks and outdoor activities). For nightlife, that puts Pensacola behind only Miami Beach and Sarasota, and just ahead of Orlando. On the active life chart, Pensacola falls behind Sarasota and Fort Myers and ahead of Boca Raton.
Pensacola also ranked fourth per capita for live music venues, behind Miami Beach, Gainesville and Orlando and ahead of Miami. And we ranked sixth for arts and entertainment, which includes movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters and the like.
Pensacola is the only Panhandle city to make the Top 50 list. The closest city to Pensacola geographically to make the list is Tallahassee at No. 31.
Besides the amazing beaches let’s look at some other amazing things to do in Pensacola that is somewhat inland…
Situated near the Florida-Alabama border, this beach side honky tonk and oyster bar – and America’s “Last Great Roadhouse” – is a premiere venue for live music (mostly country and rootsy rock ‘n roll) and an excellent port of call if you’re looking for a laid-back place to kick back a few cold ones.
Fort San Carlos e Barrancas
This hilltop fort overlooking Pensacola Bay is a National Historic Landmark. Originally constructed by the Spanish in 1698, it bounced between Spanish and British rule until the United States became a nation and was a strategic point during the War of 1812 and the Civil War.
Historic Pensacola Village and the Colonial Archaeological Trail
This historic village comprised of more than 20 period buildings (mostly from the 19th century) and museums are located in downtown Pensacola. A great way to experience the village is to walk the Colonial Archaeological Trail which features museum artifacts and archaeological sites along the way.
JW Renfroe Pecan Company
Love pecans? Be sure to stop by this third-generation family-owned shop for some of the area’s tastiest souvenirs. Most famous for its pecans and pecan treats, JW Renfroe also sells a delectable variety of nuts (candied, roasted and salted, or raw) as well as fudge and New Orleans style pralines. Yum!
The Market Shops at Sandestin
A quick daytrip just outside of town in Miramar Beach, this upscale shopping destination is popular with locals and visitors alike and features a great range of independently owned boutiques, a calendar of free events, and live entertainment throughout the year.
McGuire’s Irish Pub & Brewery
Pensacola’s must-see watering hole offers its own beer brewed onsite, Irish pub grub, live music most nights, and a festive atmosphere anytime you drop in.
National Museum of Naval Aviation
Pensacola’s top attraction, the National Museum of Naval Aviation, is the largest Naval Aviation museum in the world and one of Florida’s most visited museums.
Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. offers a chance to check out the best “fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques” from northwest Florida where locals sell their goods “straight from the field or kitchen” in the shade of Martin Luther King Jr Plaza.
Pensacola Bayfront Stadium
Take me out to the ballgame! The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the local minor league baseball team. Part of the Southern League, the Wahoos are the Class Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team. The team’s bayside stadium is only a few years old, and an evening out catching a game is guaranteed fun for sports fans.
Built in 1849 and still in operation today, this beautiful lighthouse is open to the public for a small admission fee and offers a glimpse back in time along with the “best view in town.”
St. Michael’s Cemetery
These eight acres of green space are in the heart of town with evocative tombstones and memorials dating from the early 1800s. It’s one of the only cemeteries in the US where both nobility and slaves were buried next to one another.
Pensacola, FL Quick Stats
473,477 METRO POPULATION $40,220 AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY
38 MEDIAN AGE $158,513 MEDIAN HOME PRICE
4.1% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE $926 MEDIAN MONTHLY RENT
24.1 minutes AVG COMMUTE TIME
Cost of living in Pensacola is reasonably low. .
If you are thinking or getting ready to move to the Pensacola area, whether renting or buying you should give us a call.
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