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Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola is home to Naval Air Station Pensacola, the cradle of naval aviation, the world-famous Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, and the National Naval Aviation Museum. The city offers cutting-edge training and professional development opportunities. The vibrant military community ensures strong camaraderie and support networks. Additionally, Pensacola's beautiful beaches and outdoor recreational options provide a perfect balance of work and relaxation. The area’s rich history and cultural diversity add to its appeal, making it an enriching place to live. With affordable living costs and quality amenities, Pensacola is an ideal location for military personnel seeking both professional growth and an enjoyable lifestyle. There are so many things that Pensacola and the surrounding areas offer including:

Outdoors and Nature

  • Miles of the Emerald Coast’s famed white sand beaches bracket NAS
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service)
  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
  • Fort Barrancas (U.S. National Park Service) Located on NAS Pensacola
  • Multiple hiking trails in the Blackwater State Park
  • Williford Springs – pristine waters!
  • Vortex Springs – cave diving
  • Pensacola Beach
  • Nearby – Panama City Beach/Destin/Fort Walton


Pensacola’s rich history begins with the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century. In 1559 Tristan de Luna established a short-lived settlement at Pensacola Bay; it was the first multi-year European settlement in what is now the continental United States.

Fun Things to Do

Visit the famous Pensacola Beach, enjoy relaxing canoe or tubing on the nearby rivers, the Pensacola Zoo, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 5 Flags Speedway racing, Gallery Nights, Bands on the Beach, farmer’s markets, botanical gardens, waterparks, the equestrian center or grab a deep-sea fishing tour.

Cost of living

Pensacola's cost of living is 13% below the national average.


Pensacola offers several top colleges including University of West Florida, Pensacola State College and Pensacola Christian College.

Annual Events

  • Mardi Gras! Family Fun
  • Blue Angel Air Show: July and November
  • Seafood Festival
  • Tate FFA Rodeo
  • Snowball Derby
  • Double Bridge Run
  • Interstate Fair
  • Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival


  • Blue Wahoos baseball
  • Ice Flyers Hockey
  • College football
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Golf courses
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