About the Area

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The city of Pensacola has a population of more than 53,000 people and lies within the Central time zone. The city of Pensacola is organized as a council-manager form of government with 10 council members elected to alternating two-year terms. The mayor is elected by a popular vote of the residents. The city manager is appointed.

The Escambia County government is governed by a board consisting of five district commissioners elected to four-year terms. The county administrator is an appointed position.

In addition to all the museums mentioned earlier, Pensacola is also a thriving setting for the performing arts. You’ll find outstanding theater, ballet, opera, symphony or any number of cultural performances at the Saenger Theatre or the Pensacola Little Theatre downtown, at Pensacola State College or at the University of West Florida. If you need information on current activities, go to

If your interest is higher education, you will find the University of West Florida right in Pensacola as well as satellite locations Eglin Air Force Base and Fort Walton Beach. Further options include Pensacola State College, Pensacola Christian College, Troy University and George Stone Technical Center.

For information about childhood education, contact the Escambia County School District. The district administers grades kindergarten through high school and educates more than 45,000 students each year. Alternatively, there are many private schools throughout the area to choose from. All in all, Pensacola truly does have something for everyone.


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