Pensacola, Florida Population 2020

52,411

Pensacola is a city located in Florida. With a 2020 population of 52,411, it is the 58th largest city in Florida and the 757th largest city in the United States. Pensacola is currently declining at a rate of -0.29% annually but its population has increased by 0.94% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 51,923 in 2010. Pensacola reached it's highest population of 59,507 in 1970. Spanning over 41 miles, Pensacola has a population density of 2,315 people per square mile.

The average household income in Pensacola is $71,450 with a poverty rate of 17.76%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $942 per month, and the median house value is $165,700. The median age in Pensacola is 36.2 years, 34.2 years for males, and 38.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 91.6 males.

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 thousands of tourists visit each year.

Pensacola Population and Diversity

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 faiths include Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, and Methodist, 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 lives 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 dropped 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.

The Pensacola people originally inhabited 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 in 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 authority 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 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 popular tourist destination because of its beaches, which have been nicknamed the World’s Whitest Beaches.

Pensacola Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Pensacola was:

  • White: 62.08%
  • Black or African American: 28.94%
  • Two or more races: 6.03%
  • Asian: 1.87%
  • Other race: 0.74%
  • Native American: 0.29%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Pensacola, Florida is 52,411, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 52,713.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 51,923.

Pensacola, Florida Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020509,9957,5561.48%
2019502,4397,5561.50%
2018494,8837,5561.53%
2017487,3275,8981.21%
2016481,4295,8661.22%
2015475,5634,9431.04%
2014470,6203,5540.76%
2013467,0665,4801.17%
2012461,5866,5071.41%
2011455,0794,1320.91%
2010450,9470.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White32,63362.08%
Black or African American15,21328.94%
Two or More Races3,1676.03%
Asian9851.87%
Some Other Race3890.74%
American Indian and Alaska Native1500.29%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander250.05%

Pensacola Population Pyramid 2020

Pensacola Median Age

36.2


Total

34.2


Male

38.3


Female

Pensacola Adults

There are 39,773 adults, (8,828 of whom are seniors) in Pensacola.

Pensacola Age Dependency

69.9

Age Dependency Ratio

28.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Pensacola Sex Ratio

Female

27,440

52.21%

Male

25,122

47.79%

Pensacola Households and Families

Pensacola Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Pensacola Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.7%21.3%
All58.6%41.4%
Male51.2%48.8%
Non Family47.7%52.3%
Female47%53%

58.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All21,8732.3858.6
Non Family10,4811.2347.7
Married7,6663.2478.7
Female2,9603.9947
Male7663.1551.2

3.35

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Pensacola Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8812.54%
9th to 12th Grade1,7334.99%
High School Graduate7,59621.86%
Some College7,80322.46%
Associates Degree4,42212.73%
Bachelors Degree7,38021.24%
Graduate Degree4,93014.19%

Pensacola Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White22,21321,7019,832
Black9,1157,5521,214
Hispanic1,7341,490662
Multiple Races984956442
Asian705444163
Other Race26419378
Native American1351299

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 97.70%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among multiple races people with a rate of 44.92%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,826$40,704$30,947
Less Than High School$15,228$14,502$16,860
High School Grad$21,851$27,973$17,555
Some College$30,706$32,474$29,406
Bachelors Degree$48,209$58,732$38,675
Graduate Degree$66,854$82,931$51,349

$34,826

Average Earnings

$40,704

Average Male

$30,947

Average Female

Pensacola Language

Pensacola Language by Age

Pensacola Language

95.12% of Pensacola residents speak only English, while 4.88% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.23% of the population.

Pensacola Poverty

Pensacola Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black15,1175,27934.92%
White30,3332,7078.92%
Hispanic2,76374627.00%
Multiple3,13962119.78%
Other38910326.48%
Asian985404.06%
Native1501510.00%

17.76%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.63%

Male Poverty Rate

18.81%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pensacola

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pensacola is Black, with 34.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Pensacola is Asian, with 4.06% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.19%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.98%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.74%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.53%
High School21.54%
Some College13.10%
Bachelors or Greater3.88%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.08%
Male Unemployed30.23%
Female Employed10.01%
Male Employed6.40%

Pensacola Income

Pensacola Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$48,686$71,450
Families$67,114$94,497
Married Families$85,516$116,068
Non Families$34,255$45,367

Pensacola Marital Status

Pensacola Marital Status

Marriage Rates

39.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.1%

Male Marriage Rate

35.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Pensacola Married by Age and Sex

Pensacola Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Pensacola Marital Status by Race

Pensacola Veterans

4,821

Number of Veterans

4,096

Male Veterans

725

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,767
First Gulf War1,469
Second Gulf War1,143
Korea475
World War II153
Name Veterans % of Total
White3,21212.35%
Black1,32512.27%
Hispanic29014.57%
2 or More20314.99%
Indian4027.78%
Other3711.18%
Asian40.50%

$Pensacola Veterans by Education

10.51%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.40%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pensacola Employment Status

62.6%

Labor Force Participation

57.7%

Employment Rate

6.7%

Unemployment Rate

Pensacola Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

49.95%

Born in Florida

96.18%

Native Born

3.82%

Foreign Born

1.21%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.18% of Pensacola residents were born in the United States, with 49.95% having been born in Florida. 1.21% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202052,411-151-0.29%
201952,562-151-0.29%
201852,7131970.38%
201752,516-151-0.29%
201652,6671960.37%
201552,471380.07%
201452,4331650.32%
201352,2681230.24%
201252,1453040.59%
201151,841-174-0.33%
201052,015-4,240-0.78%
200056,255-1,910-0.33%
199058,1655460.09%
198057,619-1,888-0.32%
197059,5072,7550.48%
196056,75213,2732.70%
195043,4796,0301.50%
194037,4495,8701.72%
193031,5795440.17%
192031,0358,0533.05%
191022,9825,2352.62%
190017,7475,9974.21%
189011,7504,9055.55%
18806,8453,4987.42%
18703,3474711.53%
18602,8760.00%