Pensacola, Florida is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle and the county seat of Escambia County. Pensacola is the principal city of the Pensacola metropolitan area, which had an estimated 461,227 residents in 2012.
Pensacola is a sea port on Pensacola Bay, which is protected by the barrier island of Santa Rosa and connects to the Gulf of Mexico. A large United States Naval Air Station, the first in the United States, is located southwest of Pensacola; it is the base of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Naval Aviation Museum. The local college campuses of the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, and Pensacola Christian College provide opportunities for education on a variety of different levels and in many areas of study.
Nicknames for the city include “World’s Whitest Beaches” (due to the white sand of Florida panhandle beaches), “Cradle of Naval Aviation”, “Western Gate to the Sunshine State”, “America’s First Settlement”, “Emerald Coast”, “Red Snapper Capital of the World”, and “P-Cola”. Residents of Pensacola are able to enjoy the conveniences of a large city with the hospitality of a small town. From the success of Pensacola’s economy to the comfort of its southern climate, Pensacola is a target city for many Americans to call home. Whether you’ve already relocated or are making plans in the near future, we hope that part of your relocation plan will be to visit us at Grace Baptist Church.