America’s Best Cities has highlighted Pensacola on its “America’s 100 Best Cities 2022.” The smallest city to make the list, Pensacola came in at #81.
“The smallest city in our ranking—after 15,000 new residents pushed the population past our half-million threshold—shines as bright as its Gulf of Mexico white-sand beaches. History and proximity to Alabama help explain the vibe: Southern hospitality, ironwork balconies and historic bars.”
“Of its 52 miles of sugar-white beaches, Pensacola Beach is the pearl, with TripAdvisor ranking it 11th-best in the country—helping power the city to #20 in our Parks & Outdoors subcategory.”
The article explains its ranking methodology: “The ranking evaluates each qualifying city across the six pillars of place equity: Place, Product, Programming, People, Prosperity, and Promotion. The performance of the Top 100 cities in this report is summarized in radar charts. Each hexagon in a radar chart represents a category of a city’s competitive identity.” More about methodology here.