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Pensacola named a top 25 U.S. city to retire to in 2021

Jake Newby
Pensacola News Journal

In news that shouldn't shock retirees and snowbirds who have long enjoyed the respite provided by the area's beaches, Pensacola was recognized this week by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 25 cities to retire to in 2021.

Pensacola just barely cracked the list at No. 25, but still thrived in enough of the areas to be considered "an affordable beach retirement spot for retirees on a budget," according to the U.S. News & World Report story published Tuesday. 

An aerial photo overlooking Palafox Street.

Both Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key received shout-outs in the article, as did the diverse array of wildlife and military fort attractions at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Pensacola scored high marks for desirability and housing affordability, two crucial factors considered for the list.

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The share of the area's population of people 60 and older is 22%, according to U.S. News & World Report, which also reported a median monthly mortgage cost in Pensacola of $1,287, and a median monthly rent cost of $992. 

Also not shocking, Florida dominated the list with 13 cities: Sarasota (1), Fort Myers (2), Port St. Lucie (3), Naples (4), Ocala (6), Miami (9), Melbourne (10), Jacksonville (13), Daytona Beach (15), Orlando (16), Lakeland (18), Tampa (20), Pensacola (25).

Jake Newby can be reached at jnewby@pnj.com or 850-435-8538.