Pensacola is a beautiful old historic city;the award-winning panhandle beaches are supposed to be some of the world's most beautiful beaches. The emerald green water and sugar white sands are lovely!! The city is laid back, very "southern". It does get chilly in the winter, it is cold during January and February-it has gotten down to below freezing, and you will have nights where it dips down to the teens.
There are three major hospitals:
West Florida Regional Medical Center- a for-profit hospital. Focused on rehabilitative and restorative care.
Baptist Hospital-a non-profit hospital that has won many national awards for patient care.
Sacred Heart Hospital- best hospital for pediatrics. This is the most "popular" hospital in the city. This is the hospital that pays the best. it also has a good benefits package. Also, if I had to have cardiac surgery, this would be my first choice for a hospital.
Baptist and Sacred Heart are the two facilities that are the most popular choices for healthcare workers. I have not heard many positive comments about the Escambia County Health Department
(Pensacola is in Escambia county).
The cost of living is low, but the pay is VERY low-something you may want to keep in mind. The work ethic isn't as strong as it is up north,also.
However, in Pensacola and the surrounding areas, you will actually meet people who are native to the area- rather unusual in Florida. Pensacola is also a military town, so there is also a nice influx of people from all over the country. It is only three hours away from New Orleans.
Pensacola is quite different from south Florida. You will still see a lot of Confederate flags around, and the endless harping about how Southerners are so much more polite than Northerners can drive you crazy.It is also a conservative, "family values" kind of
town. However, by and large it is a very gracious city.
Where ever you choose, good luck with your move...the endless sunshine in Florida is wonderful.