Retire in Pensacola

Best Retirement City - Pensacola

See why many believe that Pensacola is the best city to retire

Pensacola, FL is a lively Gulf coast city nestled on the border of Florida and Alabama. The city is known for its quiet lifestyle, and lacks the typical mega-resort atmosphere that leaves many retirees desiring an escape from the bigger crowds. Pensacola is home to the Gulf Islands National Seashore, a National Park established in 1971 in order to "preserve for public use and enjoyment certain areas possessing outstanding natural, historic, and recreational values." The area draws visitors and retirees for its white sand beaches, as well as ample boating and fishing. Pensacola is made up of a variety of neighborhoods, with Perdido Key and Gulf Beach Heights being two. Perdido Key sits directly on the Gulf, with a variety of luxury real estate offerings, while Gulf Beach Heights sits North of the key, and provides easy beach acess without all of the hustle and bustle.

City Highlights

  1. Beautiful beaches
  2. Less crowded than other Gulf cities
  3. Low cost of living

Potential Drawbacks

  1. High property crime rate
  2. High hurricane risk

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 46,424

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

New Orleans, LA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Pensacola International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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