Northwest Region

North West Florida

Population: 1,376,711
Labor Force: 690.658
Households: 548,454
• Pensacola Regional
• Northwest Florida Regional
• Panama City International
• Tallahassee Regional
College Highlights:
• Florida State University
• Florida A & M University
• University of West Florida
• Chipola College
Dominant Cities/Towns:
• Tallahassee
• Pensacola
• Panama City
Cultural Features:
• Pensacola Museum of Art
• Museum of Florida History (Tallahassee)
• Museum of African American History & Culture (Tallahassee)
• Air Force Armament Museum (Eglin Air Force Base)


Here you find a region of Florida where the classic image of brilliant white sand beaches contrast with the richly wooded rolling terrain that stretch north from the Gulf of Mexico. Representing the foundation of the state’s signature panhandle, Northwest Florida in noted for its the attractive 80 mile stretch of beaches that span from Panama City west to historic Pensacola.

It is along this stretch of Florida coastline that you find a significant portion of the regions population which swells during the summer as the string of resort areas including Panama City, Destin and Fort Walton Beach play host to the seasonal migration of vacationers, many of which travel from neighboring Georgia and Alabama. In addition to these beaches, the region also offers the beauty of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Aside from its reputation as a tourist hub, the Northwest region has a long history of military presence including six Air Force and Navy installations. Among these you’ll find the massive Eglin Air Force base, Tyndall Air Force Base and the Navel Air Station Pensacola, home of the Blue Angles. The largest concentration of these bases are found around Pensacola, the region’s largest metro market with a population of over 340,000.

Sitting less than 35 miles south of the region’s northern border with Georgia you find Tallahassee, capital of Florida. As one of the state’s significant metro markets with a population of nearly 250,000 this area is the nerve center of state government. The city is also home of Florida A & M University and Florida State University, the state’s oldest public university.

Much of the land area of this region is rural in nature with centers of population found along the coastal resort markets from Pensacola to Panama City and surroundings the capital hub of Tallahassee.

Sources: US Census Bureau; Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation; Enterprise Florida Inc.