Pensacola

Pensacola mayor brags about population growth, but city lags behind the region

August 25, 2017

This morning Mayor Ashton Hayward sent out a press release – “Explosive growth in Pensacola.” He shared the city’s preliminary population estimate for 2017, 54,071–an increase of 2,148 since 2010 (4.1 percent growth).

“I’m proud to say that the numbers are booming,” Hayward said. “Pensacola is now being known as a city that is very fast-growing. We are in explosive-growth mode as a city.”

He pointed out the estimate did not take into account the population that the residential units currently in various stages of completion within the downtown area will bring.

“It’s exciting to see that Pensacola is becoming what we envisioned when I first ran for office,” Hayward said. “That’s a testament to being a healthy community and doing things right.”

While we don’t have the 2017 census estimates for other cities in Northwest Florida, the Census Bureau has the estimates for 2010-2016. Milton (11%), Crestview (11.8%), Fort Walton Beach (12%), Destin (10.5%) and even Gulf Breeze (11.6%) have had higher growth rates since 2010.

However, we agree with the mayor that the Studer’s Southtowne Apartments could make a significant difference on future census estimates, especially if its tenants relocate from outside the city limits.

Pensacola 
Increase Growth %
2010 51,923
2011 52,057 134 0.3%
2012 52,029 -28 -0.1%
2013 52,761 732 1.4%
2014 52,773 12 0.0%
2015 53,364 591 1.1%
2016 53,503 139 0.3%
2017 54,071 568 1.1%
Total 2,148 4.1%
Fort Walton Beach
2010 19,518
2011 19,708 190 1.0%
2012 20,318 610 3.1%
2013 20,551 233 1.1%
2014 21,496 945 4.6%
2015 21,785 289 1.3%
2016 21,971 186 0.9%
Total 2,453 12.0%
Milton
2010 8,826
2011 8,981 155 1.8%
2012 9,138 157 1.7%
2013 9,278 140 1.5%
2014 9,429 151 1.6%
2015 9,617 188 2.0%
2016 9,839 222 2.3%
Total 1,013 11.0%
Crestview
2010 20,980
2011 21,431 451 2.1%
2012 22,366 935 4.4%
2013 22,721 355 1.6%
2014 22,887 166 0.7%
2015 23,237 350 1.5%
2016 23,567 330 1.4%
Total 2,587 11.8%
Destin
2010 12,305
2011 12,417 112 0.9%
2012 12,811 394 3.2%
2013 13,221 410 3.2%
2014 13,315 94 0.7%
2015 13,505 190 1.4%
2016 13,654 149 1.1%
Total 1,349 10.5%
Gulf Breeze  
2010 5,763
2011 5,872 109 1.9%
2012 5,982 110 1.9%
2013 6,080 98 1.6%
2014 6,183 103 1.7%
2015 6,314 131 2.1%
2016 6,466 152 2.4%
Total 703 11.6%

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  • Rich August 28, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Even Milton beat the city. Now he will do a census just for the downtown area, so that he can say, mines bigger than yours nana nana boo boo.

  • Raggedy August 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I believe the other census areas you mentioned were already growing before 2010; or, not losing population anyway.

    Pensacola was in decline.

    That has turned around.

    How much credit goes to Hayward? Hmmm? Hard to tell, isn’t it?

    At least we are moving forward.

    • Rick Outzen August 28, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Raggedy,

      Not all the areas were growing. Those on the coast were either flat or declined as did Pensacola.

      At four-percent growth rate for the city of Pensacola is a positive, but not “explosive” when compared to neighboring cities.

      Facts, not fake news.

      Destin lost people :2006: 12336, 2007: 12308, 2008: 12293, 2009: 12295

      FWB lost people: 2006: 20571, 2007: 20230,2008: 19936, 2009:19682

      So did Gulf Breeze: 2006: 5931, 2007: 5901, 2008: 5868, 2009: 5791

      Milton lost a few people: 2006:8474, 2007: 8634, 2008: 8732, 2009: 8746

      Only Crestview grew in the four years prior to 2010— 2006: 19346, 2007: 19723, 2008: 20159, 2009:20623