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. Known for having a low crime rate, high performing schools, and a fast growing economy, Pace has experienced a large increase of population. From 2000 to 2010, the Pace CDP population growth percentage was 171.1%.
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|• Total||9.4 sq mi (24.3 km2)|
|• Land||9.4 sq mi (24.3 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||66 ft (20 m)|
|• Density||2,131.8/sq mi (824.7/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0288352|
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, 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. Pace is now the second largest community in the county, only behind Navarre in terms of population.
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.
- Avalon Middle School
- Thomas L. Sims Middle School
- Nelson Middle School
- Bennett C. Russell Elementary School
- Pea Ridge Elementary School
- S.S. Dixon Primary School
- S.S. Dixon Intermediate School
As of the census of 2010, there were 20,040 people, 7,956 households, and 2,092 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 788.0 people per square mile (304.3/km²). There were 3,096 housing units at an average density of 330.0/sq mi (127.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.70% White, 1.80% African American, .9% Native American, 1.40% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.40% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.60% of the population.
There were 2,805 households out of which 37.6 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4 percent were married couples living together, 13.9 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4 percent were non-families. 20.2 percent of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 27.1 percent under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 30.8 percent from 25 to 44, 23.5 percent from 45 to 64, and 9.6 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $79,239, and the median income for a family was $64,966. About 9.2 percent of the population were below the poverty line.