Pensacola Population 2018

Pensacola is a city located in Florida. More specifically, it is in the Florida Panhandle, and it serves as the county seat of Escambia County. Pensacola is a seaport located along Pensacola Bay. Pensacola is known as The City of Five Flags because of the five governments that have governed the city throughout history. It is known for its beautiful white sand beaches, which many tourists each year. The city has a population estimated to be 53,779, showing growth since the last official census taken in 2010.

Pensacola History

The Pensacola people were inhabiting what is now Pensacola upon the arrival of the Europeans. However, the city’s history extends far beyond that. Mounds that served as a ceremonial center were discovered close to the city and were thought to be occupied as far back as 1250 AD. The first Europeans reached Pensacola in the 1500s, with the written history showing that Pensacola Bay was called “Bay of Ochuse” by explorers. It was in 1559 when ships carrying about 1,500 people arrived to the area to establish an outpost during which an area in South Carolina was going to be colonized. However, the colony was hit by a hurricane, leaving survivors struggling to live.

Many of these survivors moved to central Alabama before returning. Another attempt to colonize what is now Parris Island was held up again with another storm. Survivors at this time moved to Cuba before heading back to Florida and eventually back to Spain. It was decided that Florida was too dangerous for settlement.

The French began their exploration of the area during the late 17th century. A fortified town was established in 1698 and was the foundation for settlement in the area. During its earliest years of European settlement, Pensacola served as a trading post. In 1763, the British took control of the area following the French and Indian War. The city was captured by the Spanish and went back under its control following the American Revolution.

The city began to become a major center for trade in the late 1700s. It was in 1819 when the U.S. purchased Florida for $5 million. At the time, there were over 180 households, primarily consisting of French and Spanish Creole inhabitants. In 1821, Pensacola became part of the U.S. Tensions between the white people and the Indians inhabiting the area grew, leading to discrimination. In 1853, Indians were prohibited from living in the state and were removed from Pensacola.

Over the years, the city has seen its share of major hurricanes, including Hurricane Ivan in 2004 that devastated the area. There was over $6 billion in damage and tens of thousands of homes were damaged or completely destroyed. Housing prices went up because of this. Pensacola is also the site of the Naval Air Station Pensacola, which was the first air station in the U.S. The Blue Angels are also stationed here. Today, the city is known for its beautiful historic neighborhoods, landmarks and annual events. It is also a very popular tourist destination because of its beaches, which have been nicknamed the World’s Whitest Beaches.

Pensacola Demographics

The population of Pensacola is estimated to exceed 53,000 people, reflecting a significant increase of the population recorded during the 2010 census of 51,923. The city is spread over 40.76 square miles, putting the population density of over 2,379 people per square foot.

The majority of residents are white, making up over 66% of the population. Twenty-eight percent of the population is black, 2% are Asian, and 3.3% are Hispanic or Latino. A little less than 46% of the population practice a religion, falling below the national average. Almost half of those that practice a religion are Baptist, making up over 22% of the total population. Other religions include Roman Catholic, Pentecostal and Methodist, just to name a few. The city also has a small community of Jewish residents.

Pensacola has over 24,000 households, with almost 25% having children. The average household size is 2.27. Over 16% of the city’s population live below the federal poverty line.

Pensacola Population Growth

For the most part, Pensacola has seen significant growth in its population. By 1960, the city had over 50,000 inhabitants. This number fell slightly during the 1980s before climbing again in the 1990s. At the time of the 2000 census, the population had fallen again, and recorded an even higher decline at the time of the 2010 census. This could be due to the effects of Hurricane Ivan which drove up the price of housing and led to a shortage of affordable housing. However, the estimated population reflects an increase of over 3%, indicating that this city is once again becoming an appealing home for many new residents.

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Pensacola Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American14,49226.95%
Two or More Races2,7805.17%
Some Other Race3930.73%
American Indian and Alaska Native1160.22%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander0.00%

Population Pyramid

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Pensacola Housing Indicators

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Houses Without Mortgage
Houses With Mortgage
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This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Pensacola for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.6% and the labor force participation rate is 63.1%.

Pensacola Family/Household Indicators

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Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
Non Family Households
Female Householder (no husband) Families
Male Householder (no wife) Families
Married Couple Families
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Average Household Size