I'm in Pensacola and have been here for eons. I started out nursing at Baptist Hospital at $19 an hour with $4 per hour shift diff after 3pm and another $1 per hour after 7pm. That was in 2008. The pay around here is much lower than most of the country, but they say the cost of living is much lower. (I wouldn't know. Haven't lived anywhere else since I was 12)
I make MUCH less now working as a school nurse but hope to be back at a local hospital within the next year or so. (I'm currently pregnant.)
I do love Pensacola despite the low pay. The military is a huge presence here. We have the world's most gorgeous beaches, awesome dining, and we're within a couple hours drive to New Orleans, Orlando, Jacksonville, etc. Mobile and Foley AL are very closeby with lots more shopping and other things to do. My family is here and we have tons of friends here, our church family is here...just can't imagine living anywhere else!
I prefer warm weather, and last month, Jan., we were in the 70's most days! The winters can be cold, however, and are usually very gray and dull. The summers, honestly, are stiflingly hot and humid! We try not to venture out during the hottest part of the day and AC is king in the summertime!
I'm your Pensacola girl if you have any more questions!