Escambia County slowest growing county

March 8, 2011

Escambia County, Florida is the slowest growing county in the region, according to the latest census estimates that were released yesterday. The county is growing, but only at a snail’s pace—a 0.4 percent, not 40 percent, not 4 percent, only 0.4 percent. Escambia County went from 300,777 to 302,091 in population from July 2009 to July 2010. Since 2000, Escambia County’s population has increased by only 2.6 percent.

Our two neighboring counties have done much better the last decade. Okaloosa County appears to have struggled also and did see a drop from July 2009 to July 2010:

Santa Rosa County – 30.6% growth since 2000
2000 – 117,743
2009 – 151,073
2010 – 153,769

Baldwin County, Ala. – 30.8% growth since 2000
2000 – 140,415
2009 – 182,664
2010 – 183,597

Okaloosa County – 3.2% growth since 2000
2000 – 170,498
2009 – 176,708
2010 – 175,970

Escambia County, FL – 2.6% growth since 2000
2000 – 294,410
2009 – 300,777
2010 – 302,091

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  • Brian C. Abrams March 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm


  • Courtney Peterson March 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Brian, where did you find that data. I was looking online and couldn’t find any recent crime stats on area counties.

  • Brian C. Abrams March 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Or perhaps the violent crimes per 100k is seven times more in Escambia versus Baldwin or Santa Rosa is a factor?

  • Joe Montana March 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Considering a high percentage are either in jail, have outstanding warrants or are driving around without license and insurance or on welfare, do the numbers really matter?
    The interesting number would be the amount of people with felony convictions, living in Escambia County………

  • Charles Wood March 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Escambia county suffers from the same suburbanization that took place in older cities around the country…also known as “white flight”. That said, we still provide a huge amount of the employment base for the MSA with something like 40% of Santa Rosa’s population commuting into escambia county for work.

    Want to see that change? That’s a much longer post…

  • Joe March 8, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I’d imagine the schools and their reputations would play a big factor in the numbers. For a simple example, did Navarre HS exist in 2000? Also, looking at the numbers of civilian jobs at NAS Pensacola then vs now, commands lost. I figure if you peel the proverbial onion, the answer will hit you right in the face – if you want your kids to have a better quality of education, they’ll be better off in SRC or Okaloosa.

    Escambia County, to me anyway, is Duval (Jacksonville) County’s smaller, poorer cousin.

    I’m sure a costly study on why Escambia County is losing people and Santa Rosa and Okaloosa are not is already in the works.

  • Katja March 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

    If you look at the figures Okaloosa County did not grow from 2009 to 2010 and actually decreased the number of residents! In this article they switch back and forth from the last decade and between 2009 to 2010. When comparing data its inconsistent to compare growth in one year to a decade.

    • Rick Outzen March 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

      The more important comparison is from 2000 to 2010. Escambia County is far behind its two neighboring counties in population growth. Why?

  • Courtney Peterson March 8, 2011 at 8:46 am

    What level of population growth is good if we don’t have an increase in the number of jobs to provide employment? Did we have 400-500 new jobs in the county to support that increase assuming these are families with children?

    • Rick Outzen March 8, 2011 at 9:32 am

      I’m not so sure jobs is the major issue because we know that people who live in Santa Rosa County work in Escambia and Okaloosa. Baldwin County sees its population commute to Mobile and Pensacola area. Unemployment is higher in Escambia County than Santa Rosa – 11.1% to 9.7%, but are those Santa Rosa residents getting their jobs in Santa Rosa County? I think not.