Gulf Breeze is a city
located on the Fairpoint
Peninsula in Santa Rosa County, Florida, United
States and is a suburb of Pensacola which lies to the north, across Pensacola Bay.
- The Gulf Breeze
was also a passenger train run
The population was 5,665
at the 2000 census. As of 2005, the population recorded by the
U.S. Census Bureau
Gulf Breeze is located at (30.359933, -87.178190).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
23.5 square miles (61.0 km²).4.8 square miles
(12.3 km²) of it is land and 18.8 square miles
(48.7 km²) of it (79.79%) is water.
The City of Gulf Breeze is now often referred to as "Proper," an
abbreviation of "Gulf Breeze Proper." This differentiates it from
other communities further east which are assigned Gulf Breeze
addresses by the U.S.
outside of the city limits.
Growth of the city itself is geographically restricted, surrounded
by major water bodies on three sides. Additionally, the eastern
portion of Gulf Breeze is occupied by the Naval Live Oaks
Reservation. As a result, new growth occurs outside of the city
limits along U.S. Highway 98
From 1995 to 2005, Gulf Breeze has received several direct hits and
severe blows from numerous hurricanes. In 1995, Hurricane Erin
and Opal made landfall
just south of the city. While Erin caused mild damage to the area,
devastated much of the
neighboring Pensacola Beach and Navarre communities. Nine years
later, in 2004, Hurricane Ivan
landfall west of the Gulf Breeze but caused widespread damage in
the city, destroying many homes and businesses. In 2005, Hurricane Dennis
passed just east of the
city. Damage from this storm was more severe than that received in
communities lying further west.
Points of interest
Gulf Breeze became famous in 1987 as the site of several UFO
sightings. (see Gulf Breeze UFO incident).
AAA has designated Gulf
Breeze as also one of seven "strict enforcement areas" for traffic
laws in the United States.
This rating is one level short of speed trap
, and is only shared by six other
cities and towns nationwide.
Gulf Breeze also received media
for instituting a program to allow volunteers to drive police cars
within the city and report traffic violations
. Volunteers receive training in radio
use and first aid but are not empowered to
or traffic stops.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 5,665
people, 2,377 households, and 1,678 families residing in the city.
The population density
1,192.0 people per square mile (460.5/km²). There were 2,553
housing units at an average density of 537.2/sq mi
(207.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.39% White
, 0.25% African American
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.18% from
, and 1.06%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.36% of the
There were 2,377 households out of which 28.1% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples
living together, 10.6% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families.
25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age
of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to
64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $52,522, and the
median income for a family was $61,661. Males had a median income
of $44,408 versus $28,159 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$34,688. About 3.8% of families and 4.2% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 5.5%
of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.