Pensacola Metropolitan Area
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area
Map of Pensacola Metropolitan Area
CountryUnited States
Largest cityPensacola, Florida
Other citiesNavarre, Florida
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Milton, Florida
Jay, Florida
Pace, Florida
Ensley, Florida
Warrington, Florida
Brent, Florida
Ferry Pass, Florida
McDavid, Florida
Pensacola Beach, Florida
Cantonment, Florida
Perdido Key, Florida
Myrtle Grove, Florida
Walnut Hill, Florida
West Pensacola, Florida
Molino, Florida
Innerarity Point, Florida
Goulding, Florida
Gonzalez, Florida
Barrineau Park, Florida
 • Total2,049 sq mi (5,310 km2)
Highest elevation
Jay Florida 290 ft (88.39 m)
 (2020 census)
 • Total511,503
 • Rank110 in the U.S.
 • Density219.12/sq mi (230.99/km2)

The Pensacola metropolitan area is the metropolitan area centered on Pensacola, Florida. It is also known as the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) used for statistical purposes by the United States Census Bureau and other agencies. The Pensacola Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area was first defined after the 1960 United States Census, with Pensacola as the principal city, and included Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Ferry Pass and Brent, which are unincorporated census-designated places in Escambia County, were added as principal cities after the 2000 Census.[1] The population of the MSA in the 2020 census was 511,502.[2]

The five incorporated cities within the MSA are Pensacola (Population: 51,923), Milton (8,866), Gulf Breeze (6,466), Century (1,786), and Jay (590). In addition, several unincorporated census-designated places account for a great number of the population. Most notable is Navarre (Population: 42,300); its population makes it the second largest community in the metro area, only behind Pensacola.[3]


Year Escambia County, FL Santa Rosa County, FL Total
2000 Census 294,410 117,743 412,153
2010 Census 297,619 151,372 448,991
2020 Census 321,905 188,000 509,905

As of the census[4] of 2020, there were 509,905 people residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 70.2% White, 15.7% African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 8.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.[citation needed]


Personal income

The median income for a household in the MSA was $38,558, and the median income for a family was $44,319. Males had a median income of $32,966 versus $22,164 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $19,365.


Tourism in the Pensacola Bay area brings in about $552 million annually.[5] Palafox Place contains multiple venues for nightlife.


Pensacola Beach



Commercial airports

Airport IATA code ICAO code County
Pensacola International Airport PNS KPNS Escambia

Interstate Highways

Interstate 110
Interstate 110

U.S. Highways

State Highways

Codes of metropolitan Pensacola

Area codes

Main article: List of Florida area codes

ZIP codes

The following is a list of ZIP codes for selected areas within the metropolitan area.

Escambia County

Santa Rosa County


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Pensacola shares some aspects of European colonial culture seen in other Gulf cities like New Orleans, Galveston, TX, Biloxi, MS, and Mobile, AL. Initially settled by the Spanish, Pensacola celebrates this history with the annual Festival of the Five Flags. Pensacola also celebrates Mardi Gras each year, though, the city’s festivities focus on the weekend before Mardi Gras.

Pensacola has a vibrant food culture that blends Southern cuisine with the bountiful seafood offerings of its coastal geographic setting. Among its popular dishes are fried mullet, shrimp and grits, fried grouper sandwiches, and grilled red snapper. Pensacola is world renowned for its seafood markets, none better know than Joe Patti’s Seafood, the largest seafood market in America. Pensacola’s proximity to fertile agricultural lands allows for seasonal harvests of peanuts, butter beans, silver corn, tomatoes, strawberries, and blue berries.

Museum of Naval Aviation
Museum of Naval Aviation

Performing Arts



Community Maritime Park in Downtown Pensacola

See also


  1. ^ Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Definitions - retrieved July 17, 2006
  2. ^ "Resident Population in Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL (MSA)". St. Louis Federal Reserve Economic Data. May 5, 2021. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "Navarre Incorportation Study" (PDF). 2014.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020-08-28.
  5. ^ Fahrenthold, David A. (2 May 2010). "Obama to survey environmental damage in gulf". Washington, DC: Washington Pose. pp. A6.