Pace, Florida

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Pace, Florida
Pace Welcome Sign
Pace Welcome Sign
Location in Santa Rosa County and the state of Florida
Location in Santa Rosa County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°35′57″N 87°09′41″W / 30.5992°N 87.1614°W / 30.5992; -87.1614Coordinates: 30°35′57″N 87°09′41″W / 30.5992°N 87.1614°W / 30.5992; -87.1614
Country United States
State Florida
County Santa Rosa
 • Total24.52 sq mi (63.50 km2)
 • Land24.23 sq mi (62.75 km2)
 • Water0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
66 ft (20 m)
 • Total24,684
 • Density1,018.78/sq mi (393.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)850
FIPS code12-53725[2]
GNIS feature ID0288352[3]

Pace is a census-designated place in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States. The population estimate was 34,235 in 2018. It is part of the Pensacola Metropolitan Statistical Area. Pace has experienced exponential growth, and has evolved from a small, rural community into a thriving suburb of Pensacola. Pace has experienced a large increase of population. From 2000 to 2010, the Pace CDP population growth percentage was 171.1%. It is the second largest community in Santa Rosa County, in terms of population. This puts it only behind Navarre, which has a estimated population of 44,876.


Pace is located in northwestern Florida. Pace is located in central Santa Rosa County, and is located just north of Escambia Bay. Pace comprises the 32571 ZIP code. Pace is just northeast of Pensacola, and is roughly 15 miles (24 km) away from downtown Pensacola. According to the United States Census Bureau, Pace has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24 km2), all land.


Pace was first recognized in the 1912 United States Census. It was located just north of Floridatown, and west of Pea Ridge. Pace is named after James G. Pace, who owned large lumber, paper and turpentine productions that operated in the Pace area. On March 12, 1919, Black veteran Bud Johnson was lynched as part of the Red Summer of 1919. Throughout the 20th century, Pace remained a small, rural community. However, beginning in 1980, Pace began to experience rapid growth and began to evolve from a small, rural community to a fast-growing suburb of Pensacola. Commercial growth has also been strong: chain restaurants, chain retailers, and Big-box retailers such as Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart and Target have moved into the Pace area. Floridatown and Pea Ridge are now considered to be neighborhoods within Pace. Pace continues to experience strong population growth, and the growth trend is expected to continue.


Schools in Pace are administered by the Santa Rosa County School District. Schools in the Pace area perform well, with all schools receiving an A or B rating according to the Florida Department of Education.

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Avalon Middle School
  • Thomas L. Sims Middle School
  • Lead Academy * Private Christian School

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Bennett C. Russell Elementary School
  • Pea Ridge Elementary School
  • S.S. Dixon Primary School
  • S.S. Dixon Intermediate School
  • Lead Academy * Private Christian School


Historical population
Census Pop.

Based on the 2020 census there were 24,684 people, and 8,152 households in the CDP. The population density was 1,018.74 people per square mile (393.31/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.70% White, 3.90% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.10% Asian, and 4.8% from two or more races.[2] The average household size was 2.8.

The age distribution was 6.5% under the age of 5, 24% under the age of 18, and 16.3% who were 65 or older. Females made up 50.3% of the population, whereas males made up 49.7%.

The median household income (in 2019 dollars), from 2015-2019 was $70,292. 8,5% of the population were below the poverty line.


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-31.