St. Petersburg, FL


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St. Petersburg, FL

About St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg, Florida is an affluent city known for its year-round sunshine and beautiful beaches. From art museums such as the Salvador Dali Museum to professional sports at Tropicana Field, there's something for everyone in this bustling city. Visit the renowned Sunken Gardens or take a stroll through the lovely Vinoy Park. Enjoy the coastal cuisine of one of the many seafood restaurants downtown or check out any of the vibrant music venues. With its diverse population and excellent schools, St. Petersburg is easily known as a great place to live and visit! Large-city complex - Central Florida Gulf Coast at Tampa Bay.

State: Florida
County: Pinellas County
Metro Area: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metro Area
City: St. Petersburg
Zip Codes: 33710, 33713, 33702, 33705, 33712, 33703, 33711, 33716, 33704, 33701, 10 total
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 57 ft above sea level

This metropolitan area includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, all of which surround Tampa Bay. The area is varied and cosmopolitan with a pleasant climate and balanced local economy. A 1980’s building boom brought downtown Tampa skyscrapers, a major airport renovation, and the development of a cruise-ship terminal. While soft in the early part of the decade, the economy has gained traction recently as the benefits of a business-friendly climate have paid off. Among other new economy pursuits, the area has become a favorite as a secondary location for information processing for the financial industry.

There are plenty of amusement parks, museums, outdoor activities, and major-league professional sports, including baseball (Devil Rays), football (Buccaneers), and hockey (Lightning). Nearby beaches and especially those to the south near Bradenton are attractions for locals and tourists alike. Transportation and air service are excellent. Beachside areas in Clearwater and St. Petersburg are tastefully developed, with palm-tree lined boulevards and pockets of interesting restaurants and shops. These areas tend to be more geared to retirees, especially coastal Clearwater. More family-oriented suburbs and extensive commercial areas like Brandon and Valrico are located east of Tampa.

The cost of living is reasonable, but housing has followed the Florida boom and median home prices have increased markedly. Downsides include the stubbornly high violent crime rate, and typical growth-related issues of traffic and poor air quality.

The flat, coastal plain has coastal grasses, palm trees, and white sand, and much of it has an elevation of less than 15 feet. Most of the city area and coast is built up, with coastal plain forests of pine and laurel mixed with orchards and other agricultural uses inland. The Pinellas Peninsula, separating Tampa Bay from the Gulf, is an area of broad, sandy beaches and palm trees. Clearwater and St. Petersburg are located here. Summers are long, warm, and humid. Afternoon highs reach 90 degrees, with moderating afternoon sea breezes and frequent thunderstorms, and warm evenings in the 70’s. Lightning is abundant; in fact, “Tampa” is a misspelling of a Native American term for “sticks of fire” (lightning). Winters are mild with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, and lows rarely below 50.

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St. Petersburg Cost of Living
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Strengthening economy, winter climate, and attractive downtown areas make St. Petersburg a great place to live.

$346,900
+2.5% higher than avg
$64,375
-7.2% lower than avg
$1,163 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+1.3% higher than avg
St. Petersburg Crime
71.5 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in St. Petersburg, Florida
$66,600
for a family
$58,400
for a single person
Pros & Cons of St. Petersburg
   Strengthening economy
Hot, humid summers
   Winter climate
Growth and sprawl
   Attractive downtown areas
Violent crime
Reviews for St. Petersburg
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I grew up here (1968). All the people who have posted how awful it is are not going to be happy anywhere because they see what they see. Thats the evolution of self as  More

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I moved here because my fiance was going to school here and two rents didn't make sense. Visiting was always great! However, after living here for a couple years it's  More

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Over 4 years ago

True the location is good, and during the Winters, it's really nice in St. Pete, but the Summers and brutally steaming HOT, and the St. Pete Police don't do their job  More

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