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City Overview

St. Petersburg is one of the easiest and cost effective regions in the U.S. to conduct your business, according to a recent study by KPMG. It's home to a diverse and resilient industry base, which flourishes in the city's sunny business climate.

St. Petersburg has become one of the brightest spots in the Southeast, not only as a headquarters for new businesses, but as a home for a growing, talented workforce. The city also has a superb transportation, telecommunication, and utility infrastructure all designed to support business growth and workforce commutes.

All of these factors – in addition to favorable tax codes and an opportune real estate market – continue to make the city a favorable economic environment for doing business.

St. Petersburg - "The Sunshine City"

Demographics (View Complete Demographics Profile)

City Population
249,704 (5th largest city in Florida)

Median City Age
41.8 years

Metro Area Population
2,850,394

Average Household Income 
$62,365

Source: 2012 ACS 5-year estimates; 2013 BEBR  
Average Home Purchase Price

$162,000 (single family home)
$110,000 (condominium)

   

Source: Pinellas Realtor Organization; Pinellas County - Market Analysis December 2013


City Land Mass

60.9 square miles

Highest Elevation

61 feet above sea level

   

 Waterfront

244 miles of shoreline along Tampa Bay, Boca Ciega Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and intra coastal waterways. Largest municipal marina in the southeast with 610 boat slips. Nine boat ramp locations, open year round. Ft. De Soto Park, one of the nation"s top ranked beaches.

Sunshine

Average temperature - 73.7 degrees. Average days of sunshine per year - 361. The "Sunshine City" holds a Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine - a stretch lasting 768 days that began in 1967.

Sister City
Twin City
Twin City
Takamatsu, Japan
St. Petersburg, Russia Figueres Spain
     

Form of Government

St. Petersburg operates under the strong mayor form of government - a system that combines the strong political leadership of a mayor with an elected city council. The mayor is responsible for running the daily affairs of the city, the City Council has a chair and a vice chair and must approve city policies, city budget and the mayor's choices for city administrator and city attorney.

Number of Employees

3,628 full and part-time employees, including 539 sworn police officers and 303 uniformed fire personnel.


Parks

137 parks on approximately 2,300 acres of public land dedicated to parks and recreation, including a seven mile preserved downtown waterfront. Unique parks include the 245-acre Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, the botanical attraction Sunken Gardens, Treasure Island Beach, and the historic Weedon Island Preserve. The Pinellas Trail, a 37-mile hiking/biking trail, connects St. Petersburg with central and north Pinellas County-the longest urban linear trail in the Eastern U.S.

Venues

City venues include The PierTropicana FieldMahaffey TheaterColiseum, Albert Whitted Municipal Airport, Port of St. Petersburg, 18 recreation centers, and six public libraries.

Schools

The Pinellas County School System is the 7th largest district in Florida and 22nd largest in the nation. More than 148,000 students are enrolled at 140 public schools, 72 private schools and 5 vocational/technical schools. Universities include St Petersburg CollegeEckerd CollegeUniversity of South Florida St. PetersburgPinellas Technical Education Center, and Stetson University College of Law.

Tallest Buildings

One Progress Plaza Tower, commercial office tower  built in 1991, and Signature Place, mixed-use contemporary style tower built in 2009, both stand at 30-stories high.

Famous Firsts

St. Petersburg is the birthplace of scheduled aviation with the flight of the Benoist Airboat and the birthplace of Major League Baseball Spring Training, both in 1914.

Records

St. Petersburg"s Water Reclamation System is not only the first to be built in the U.S., it remains one of the largest in the world. The city"s innovative system provides more than 20 million gallons a day (annual average) to 10,483 customers for lawn irrigation. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, at 4.1 miles across, is the largest cable suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere, rising 19 stories above Tampa Bay (at midpoint).



Professional Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), Tampa Bay Storm (AFL), Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL),Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL), and Derby Lane (greyhound racing).

Sports and Outdoor Recreation

Three award-winning public golf courses, nine public pools including an Olympic-size training facility located on Tampa Bay, 80 lighted tennis courts, five dog parks, two skateboard parks, a BMX bicycle track, and a Maximo Park flying disc golf playing facility.

Annual Events

The St. Anthony's Triathlon swim/bike/run contest draws ITU (International Triathlon Union) professional triathletes. The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and Regata Del Sol al Sol, a 456-mile yacht race from St. Petersburg to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Attractions

The Pier, Tropicana Field, Sunken Gardens, Tampa Bay Walk of Fame, Baseball Boulevard, and Tampa Bay Times' Walk Through History.

Arts & Culture

Visit St. Petersburg's collection of world-famous museums and galleries, including the Salvador Dali MuseumMuseum of Fine Arts, The Chihuly CollectionSt. Petersburg Museum of HistoryGreat Explorations, and Florida Holocaust Museum. Florida CraftArtAmerican Stage, The Morean Arts Center and the Palladium Theater.

Events Highlights

Festival of States celebration, Mainsail Arts Festival, American Stage in the Park, Artsalive! Museum Day, Florida Orchestra in the Park, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice parade. 


More Information

St. Petersburg Economic Development Division, 727-893-7100

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 727-821-4069

St. Petersburg/ Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 727-464-7200


St. Petersburg City Hall
175 5th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone 727- 893-7111
Fax 727-892-5102
TDD 727-893-9524

City of St. Petersburg
P.O. Box 2842
St. Petersburg, FL 33731

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