Pensacola, Florida Population 2021

53,651
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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: 63.57%
  • Black or African American: 28.63%
  • Two or more races: 5.19%
  • Asian: 1.54%
  • Other race: 0.79%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Pensacola, Florida is 53,651based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 52,637.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 51,923.

Pensacola, Florida Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021519,0898,2301.59%
2020510,8598,2301.61%
2019502,6298,2301.64%
2018494,3997,1011.44%
2017487,2985,9311.22%
2016481,3675,8301.21%
2015475,5374,9091.03%
2014470,6283,5420.75%
2013467,0865,4731.17%
2012461,6136,4741.40%
2011455,1394,1930.92%
2010450,9460.00%

Pensacola Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White33,46463.57%
Black or African American15,07028.63%
Two or More Races2,7305.19%
Asian8091.54%
Some Other Race4140.79%
American Indian and Alaska Native1280.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander270.05%
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Pensacola Population By Race

Pensacola Population Pyramid 2021

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Pensacola Median Age

36.9


Total

35.3


Male

38.9


Female

Pensacola Adults

There are 39,897 adults, (9,126 of whom are seniors) in Pensacola.

Pensacola Age Dependency

71.1

Age Dependency Ratio

29.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Pensacola Sex Ratio

Mujer

27,672

52.57%

Masculino

24,970

47.43%

Pensacola Population by Age

Pensacola Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Pensacola Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.7%19.3%
All59.6%40.4%
Mujer48.7%51.3%
Masculino47.9%52.1%
Non Family47.1%52.9%

59.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Pensacola Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All22,0802.3659.6
Non Family10,2011.2547.1
Married7,9883.1780.7
Mujer3,1633.7148.7
Masculino7283.2247.9

3.22

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

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Pensacola Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7422.10%
9th to 12th Grade1,8315.17%
High School Graduate7,68921.72%
Some College7,64321.59%
Associates Degree4,33712.25%
Bachelors Degree7,53421.28%
Graduate Degree5,62915.90%
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Pensacola Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Pensacola Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White23,02022,31710,606
Black9,2507,7381,292
Hispanic1,5661,361588
2+ Races929920397
Asian644507224
Other Race25319189
Native American12812114

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 99.03%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 46.07%.

Pensacola Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$37,160$41,925$33,277
Less Than 9th Grade$20,401$21,638$16,536
High School Graduate$21,962$27,808$18,200
Some College$31,510$33,481$30,530
Bachelors Degree$49,595$62,891$42,070
Graduate Degree$66,696$86,075$52,364

$37,160

Average Earnings

$41,925

Average Male

$33,277

Average Female

Pensacola Earnings by Educational Attainment

Pensacola Language by Age

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Pensacola Language

95.89% of Pensacola residents speak only English, while 4.11% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.95% of the population.

Pensacola Language

Pensacola Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black14,9765,19834.71%
White31,1432,7618.87%
Hispanic2,71073527.12%
Multiple2,70649518.29%
Other4149021.74%
Asian809394.82%
Native1283829.69%

17.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.14%

Male Poverty Rate

17.67%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pensacola

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pensacola is Black, with 34.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Pensacola is Asian, with 4.82% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.65%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.65%.

Pensacola Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade29.46%
High School23.47%
Some College12.89%
Bachelors or Greater3.81%

Pensacola Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed37.24%
Female Unemployed35.72%
Female Employed10.43%
Male Employed7.54%

Pensacola Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Pensacola Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$50,493$76,739
Families$69,895$100,602
Married Families$90,621$123,381
Non Families$35,337$47,165
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Income by Household Type

Pensacola Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.8%

Male Marriage Rate

37.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Pensacola Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Pensacola Marital Status

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4,663

Number of Veterans

3,824

Male Veterans

839

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,784
First Gulf War1,415
Second Gulf War1,019
Korea340
World War II96

Pensacola Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 641,264
65 to 741,212
35 to 54968
75+814
18 to 34405

Pensacola Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,22412.30%
Black1,25611.73%
Hispanic29115.63%
2+ Races1067.89%
Other Race3910.40%
Native American3325.78%
Asian50.69%

Pensacola Veterans by Race

Pensacola Veterans by Education

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10.07%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.20%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pensacola Veterans by Education

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62.2%

Labor Force Participation

57.9%

Employment Rate

5.6%

Unemployment Rate

Pensacola Employment by Age

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Pensacola Employment by Race

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Pensacola Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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50.78%

Born in Pensacola

96.59%

Native Born

3.41%

Foreign Born

1.24%

Non Citizen

2.18%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.59% of Pensacola residents were born in the United States, with 50.78% having been born in Florida. 1.24% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Pensacola Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202153,6513380.63%
202053,3133380.64%
201952,9753380.64%
201852,6371120.21%
201752,525-137-0.26%
201652,6621890.36%
201552,473390.07%
201452,4341640.31%
201352,2701210.23%
201252,1493010.58%
201151,848-166-0.32%
201052,014-4,241-0.78%
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%

Pensacola Population by Year