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Outtakes—How Others See Us

By Rick Outzen

The Pensacola Young Professionals’ Quality of Life Survey showed that we feel better about life in our community than we did a decade ago. Mayor Ashton Hayward’s “Upside of Florida” campaign and strong social media presence have reinforced a positive attitude. Of course, a billion dollars’ worth of construction in the area doesn’t hurt either.

But how do others view the Pensacola Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)? If they measure whether we are a nice place to raise children, not good.

24/7 Wall St., a Delaware corporation that provides financial news and opinion content for the internet, created an index to identify the 25 worst U.S. metro areas in which to raise a child. The Pensacola MSA made the list.

Why does it matter? Who gives a flying leap about 24/7 Wall St.? Some of the largest news sites in the country, including MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, Time.com, USAToday, and The Huffington Post, do.

To paraphrase the line from “Apollo 13,” Pensacola, we have a problem. 24/7 Wall St. stated in the article, “Only metro areas with some combination of high violent crime rates, low preschool enrollment rates, low high school graduation rates, and limited access to parks and recreation centers made this list.”

Ouch.

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