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Cantonment, Florida is a suburb approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of downtown Pensacola, Florida. Most of the people who live in Cantonment commute to either Pensacola or the Pace, Florida and Milton, Florida areas for employment. The two largest employers are International Paper and Ascend. Schools include J. M. Tate High School, Ransom Middle School, Jim Allen Elementary School, and Pine Meadow Elementary School. The oldest cemetery is Old Muscogee Cemetery on River Annex Road. In September 2006, the Pensacola News Journal newspaper announced a predicted explosion of growth in Cantonment due to a planned 4,000+ acre housing development. The Pensacola News Journal quoted officials as saying the infrastructure of this new massive development will be like "adding another city" to Pensacola.
The place has a dedicated zip code (32533) that claims a population of 26,493 (2010 census) for a land area of 76.1072 square miles and a water area of 0.1257 square miles.
In 1814 Andrew Jackson camped his troops in what is now the Cantonment area. This is also how the town received its name; as a cantonment is a temporary quarter for troops. Over the years, however, the pronunciation of the town's name has changed to differ from the pronunciation of the word cantonment. Locals generally refer to the town as "can-tone-ment."
Cantonment is in Escambia County, in the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located along US 29 north of Gonzalez. The word "cantonment" means a temporary or semi-permanent military quarters. It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 148 feet (45 m).