Pensacola, Florida Population 2022

54,790
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Pensacola is a city located in Escambia County Florida. It is also the county seat of Escambia County. With a 2020 population of 54,790, it is the 76th largest city in Florida and the 793rd largest city in the United States. Pensacola is currently growing at a rate of 0.44% annually and its population has increased by 0.88% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 54,312 in 2020. Spanning over 41 miles, Pensacola has a population density of 2,420 people per square mile.

The average household income in Pensacola is $76,739 with a poverty rate of 15.94%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $998 per month, and the median house value is $199,300. The median age in Pensacola is 36.9 years, 35.3 years for males, and 38.9 years for females.

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 Pensacolawas:

  • White: 65.50%
  • Black or African American: 26.03%
  • Two or more races: 5.63%
  • Asian: 1.76%
  • Other race: 0.77%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.19%
  • Native American: 0.12%
The current population of Pensacola, Florida is 54,790 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 54,312.

Pensacola, Florida Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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

Pensacola Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White34,65965.50%
Black or African American13,77326.03%
American Indian and Alaska Native660.12%
Asian9331.76%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1010.19%
Some Other Race4060.77%
Two or More Races2,9805.63%
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Pensacola Population by Race

Pensacola Population Pyramid 2022

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Pensacola Median Age

36.8


Total

35.1


Male

39.9


Female

Pensacola Adults

There are 40,621 adults, (9,677 of whom are seniors) in Pensacola.

Pensacola Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

31.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Pensacola Sex Ratio

Female

27,638

52.23%

Male

25,280

47.77%

Pensacola Population by Age

Pensacola Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Pensacola Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.4%17.6%
All61.6%38.4%
Male58.5%41.5%
Female50.1%49.9%
Non Family49.3%50.7%

61.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Pensacola Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All22,9262.2961.6
Married8,1853.0882.4
Male7923.0958.5
Female3,2703.4850.1
Non Family10,6791.2549.3

3.1

Average Family Size

2.29

Average Household Size

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Pensacola Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6541.78%
9th to 12th Grade2,2696.17%
High School Graduate7,58320.62%
Some College7,31819.90%
Associates Degree4,23511.51%
Bachelors Degree7,96421.65%
Graduate Degree6,76018.38%
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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
White24,32623,42211,930
Asian710574294
Hispanic1,7871,609669
2+ Races1,1851,072409
Other Race24718581
Native American666612
Black8,8717,3341,418
Islander7822

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 49.04%.

Pensacola Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,458$42,351$35,602
Less Than 9th Grade$20,734$23,588$15,750
High School Graduate$23,227$23,936$22,446
Some College$33,461$35,628$32,775
Bachelors Degree$50,179$68,056$41,614
Graduate Degree$66,931$75,531$56,765

$38,458

Average Earnings

$42,351

Average Male

$35,602

Average Female

Pensacola Earnings by Educational Attainment

Pensacola Language by Age

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Pensacola Language

95.72% of Pensacola residents speak only English, while 4.28% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.80% of the population.

Pensacola Language

Pensacola Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black13,6834,49432.84%
Hispanic2,79467424.12%
Multiple2,95436012.19%
White32,2782,9089.01%
Asian933495.25%
Islander10132.97%
Other82NaN%

15.94%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.41%

Male Poverty Rate

16.43%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pensacola

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pensacola is Black, with 32.84% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.75%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.05%.

Pensacola Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.93%
High School22.29%
Some College11.96%
Bachelors or Greater3.55%

Pensacola Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.45%
Male Unemployed24.66%
Female Employed10.15%
Female Unemployed51.92%

Pensacola Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Pensacola Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$56,199$81,833
Families$75,548$107,339
Married Families$99,545-
Non Families$39,564$50,811
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Income by Household Type

Pensacola Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.9%

Male Marriage Rate

37.3%

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 55-64.

Pensacola Marital Status by Race

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Pensacola Marital Status

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4,592

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,039
First Gulf War1,246
Vietnam1,808
Korea289
World War II53

Pensacola Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34346
35 to 54962
55 to 641,172
65 to 741,290
75+822

Pensacola Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,47512.69%
Black99310.02%
Native American812.12%
Asian60.76%
Other Race3410.43%
2+ Races764.85%
Hispanic37318.15%

Pensacola Veterans by Race

Pensacola Veterans by Education

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9.28%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.74%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pensacola Veterans by Education

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62.8%

Labor Force Participation

58.1%

Employment Rate

5.8%

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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48.74%

Born in Pensacola

96.28%

Native Born

3.72%

Foreign Born

1.10%

Non Citizen

2.62%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.28% of Pensacola residents were born in the United States, with 48.74% having been born in Florida. 1.10% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Pensacola Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18602,8760.00%
18703,3474711.53%
18806,8453,4987.42%
189011,7504,9055.55%
190017,7475,9974.21%
191022,9825,2352.62%
192031,0358,0533.05%
193031,5795440.17%
194037,4495,8701.72%
195043,4796,0301.50%
196056,75213,2732.70%
197059,5072,7550.48%
198057,619-1,888-0.32%
199058,1655460.09%
200056,255-1,910-0.33%
201051,923-4,332-0.80%
201152,1622390.46%
201252,4012390.46%
201352,6402390.46%
201452,8792390.45%
201553,1182390.45%
201653,3572390.45%
201753,5962390.45%
201853,8352390.45%
201954,0742390.44%
202054,3122380.44%
202154,5512390.44%
202254,7902390.44%

Pensacola Population by Year