Pensacola : Florida

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What Pensacola is like for active adults
Pensacola, population 53,000,  is a popular town for retirement and tourism in the western end of the Florida panhandle.  Its location on the Pensacola Bay gives it access to the emerald  green waters and sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.  People often remember that as a historical note about Pensacola, flags of 5 different governments have flown over the city. Recreational opportunities are plentiful with the many bays, Gulf, and plentiful land.  Vacationers and homeowners come here because they view it as a desirable place to live/visit, and it offers good value. Many military personnel become familiar with the area because of Naval Air Station Pensacola, a major training base, then stay or return to retire here.

Pensacola is not a typical kind of Florida town due to the navy presence and distance from the rest of the state. The area  was hard hit by hurricanes Ivan (2004) and Dennis (2005). Almost 6% of its homes were destroyed, which caused a short-term housing shortage followed by an influx of insurance money and building. Photo of Welcome sign courtesy of Wikipedia and TheCustomOfLife.

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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are active adult and 55+ communities in the area (see link at right) to choose from, as well as many attractive neighborhoods. Many are near the water. 
Housing prices in Pensacola are more reasonable than the rest of Florida and the U.S.  The NAR reported that the median selling price of a home in Pensacola was $159,800 in the third quarter of 2013.

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What is special about this retirement community
Access to the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay. Great fishing, boating, beaches. Great combination of lower prices and taxes - but very close to the water.
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What is not special about this retirement community
A more conservative atmosphere than some other parts of Florida (which could be a plus for other folks!). The area is prone to hurricanes and insurance could become a problem.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Pensacola is especially attractive to military or government retirees, who will find like company and government facilities for medical needs, shopping, and recreation.
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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, the Naval Air Station, and health care drive the economy.  All three provide considerable stability to the region.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Located on the western end of the Florida panhandle on Pensacola Bay, an inlet from the Gulf of Mexico. Mobile and Tallahassee are the closest cities.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
There are many festivals throughout the year such as the Great Gulf coast Arts Festival. As a tourist town there are many attractions. Two colleges are in Pensacola, University of West Florida, and Pensacola Junior College.
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Crime
Crime rate is above average in Pensacola - index of 482 vs national average of 319 (City-Data.com)
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Medical facilities
In addition to many naval medical facilities there are 3 other hospitals: Baptist, Sacred Heart, and West Florida
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Transportation
Interstate 10 runs through Pensacola with fast travel to points west or east.  The Pensacola Airport is a convenient one.
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Valuable Links
Florida retirement guide
Pensacola Wikpedia
Pensacola News Journal
Downtown Pensacola
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Facts about PENSACOLA
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,College Town,Coastal,Boating Community,Outdoor Oriented,Resort Community,Aviation,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
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