St. Petersburg, FL Reviews


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St. Petersburg, Florida is a popular city known for its warm weather, beautiful beaches, and vibrant arts scene. With a population of over 260,000, it is a diverse and bustling community attracting both tourists and residents alike. However, living in this particular place is not without its challenges. According to numerous user reviews on BestPlaces, while St. Petersburg has its positives, it also has its drawbacks. From its high cost of living to its traffic congestion, let's take a closer look at what people have to say about living in this city.

- "St. Petersburg is a beautiful city with great weather and a variety of outdoor activities. However, the cost of living is high, especially when it comes to housing. It can be difficult to find affordable housing, and even when you do, it's often in older buildings with maintenance issues." - Emily M.
- "I love living in St. Petersburg for its vibrant arts and culture scene. There are always events and festivals happening, and the downtown area is filled with charming shops and restaurants. However, the traffic can be a nightmare during peak tourist season." - Michael R.
- "As a retiree, I appreciate the relaxed and laid-back atmosphere of St. Petersburg. The beaches are gorgeous, and there are plenty of retirement communities to choose from. My only complaint is the lack of diversity in the city." - Maria G.
- "I've lived in St. Petersburg for over 20 years and have seen it grow and change. While it's definitely become more expensive, the quality of life has also improved. There are more job opportunities and a thriving downtown area. The only downside is the summer heat and humidity, which can be brutal." - David S.

From these reviews, it's clear that St. Petersburg offers a lot to those who choose to call it home. Its beautiful weather and outdoor activities, as well as its arts and culture scene, are highly praised. However, the cost of living and traffic congestion are common complaints. Additionally, while some appreciate the city's laid-back atmosphere, others believe it lacks diversity. Overall, St. Petersburg seems to be a city with its own unique charm and challenges that residents must navigate.

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Thank you to all who Invest in St. Petersburg! - 6/20/2021
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 you go thru life. The city (as all cities) is evolving and has a beautiful history. There are always people of all types and levels of perception all over the planet no matter where you live. I have left the one star out because its Blazing humid and very uncomfortable unless your in the water or your in the a/c during the summer months but baby when its fall and winter and spring here....i can't count how many times I have thought WOW, the beaches are BEAUTIFUL, every one of them. There is so much to do and so much to explore. This is the reason I say that it depends on YOU. What do you like?! I am sorry that the people who gave the low reviews were so uptight --this is a chill city, come with money or be poor the city doesnt care how you are here, stay as long as you like and be the changes you want to bring Read More

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I'm Bitter Abt St Pete, But You Might Like It - 11/29/2020
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 just a really grating place to be.

I could be described as leftist but find the substanceless and performative liberal nature of this city unpalatable. Politics, like the arts or veganism, are treated like accessories to one up with rather than actual things they care about. What more could you expect of empty, affluent people (or their 35 year old trust fund babies) who come here in troves acting like they've stumbled upon the next Portland. They get one good pizza place and they act like it's NYC. However, their over the top rude attitudes aren't as interesting as they think.

I've mostly run into these insufferable types downtown, but never in my life have I met so many rude people in such a small amount of time. I was born and raised in rural, religious towns with contrasting views and was Read More

Crime is up - 9/12/2020
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 very well here. We've lived here for over 10 years; and both of us wish we could reverse our decision. The Police and the Mayor have decided not to accurately submit the right number of crimes in the City, so the city data is incorrect; in our neighborhood we've had Car Burglaries, home break-ins, bums riding around our neighborhood on their bikes, unchecked, etc, etc. Our home value should be double what it is now, but because SPPD is lackadaisical in their job; we will lose about 100k on selling our Read More

Crime Stats are under-recorded. - 3/30/2020
I don't like downgrading any City, but I need to make everyone aware of what this place is Really like. First of all; the Crime Stats are not accurate; the Mayor has given the St. Pete Police Chief marching orders to downgrade the real Stats. I moved here 14 years ago; and NEVER had a single problem, over the last 8 years; I've had to file multiple Restraining Orders to keep the Criminals off my property. Homeless, Vagrants are allowed to ride around your neighborhood, without checks and balances. When you catch someone in a Crime, St. Pete Police looks the other way??? Parks are full of loose Dogs without any repercussion from the City or the Police; we've been charged by loose Dogs at least 5 times in the last 5 years. One of my Neighbors got her small dog attached and killed, and Animal Control didn't do a thing, not a thing. Here it's "look the other way", because if you want the Law to help, you're out of luck.  Read More

Amazing, beautiful, progressive, growing city! - 12/28/2019
2 star review? Unbelievable. St Pete is exponentially changing. I moved here 2 years ago from San Francisco and LOVE everything about Saint Pete. Low unemployment, affordable houses, excellent job market in Tampa Bay( I work in Tampa and it’s an easy commute) and 0% state income tax. Property tax is LOW as well as job growth projected higher than the national average.

When it comes to daily living, downtown is CLEAN. I never have any problems with crime and there are hardly any homeless people hanging around. Central ave has an amazing liberal, hipster, artistic, trendy, vibe you wouldn’t expect in a city in the “south”. People are simply kind here. I was shocked to realize my gym had no lockers, just cubbies, because people just don’t steal anything from there. People actually leave their wallets in plain sight and nobody touches anything. Meanwhile, everything was stolen from me in Cali, even when I locked it all up. :(

I work in the medical Read More

A nice place to move....from. - 10/12/2019
I lived in St Pete for 2 years, and it was a mixed bag. Visually, the place has a very beautiful downtown. It's a really pretty city, and I felt safe walking in most parts of it, even alone at night. But many of the problems you encounter in other parts of Florida are there as well. Rampant development is ruining things. Everywhere you turn the developers are tearing down two perfectly good homes in nice neighborhoods, then building three McMansions for multiple families that stretch all the way out to the street. The yard itself is gone, the parking is gone (so people park on the streets), and worst of all, you get a lot of these yuppie snowbird types who walk around with big dogs because they are afraid. Mind you, these are perfectly safe neighborhoods. They don't fit in and are arrogant, self centered jerks.

Speaking of arrogant, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Quebec snowbird retirees. These are the most unpleasant people on earth. Rude, unpleasant, etc. Read More
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Don’t move to st.pete - 4/6/2018
I’ve been raised in st.pete all my life An I finally moved out of st.pete Read More

Not Quite What It Seems - 2/2/2018
St. Pete wants to present itself as a cool, hip liberal town that is 'open for business.' it might be open for business but none of the rest is true.

It is deceptive, because if you just visit downtown you see all of these restaurants and nightclubs and it seems pretty cool. And I will admit, that part of it isn't bad. The waterfront area on the bay is really nice and riding my bike from the pools at North Shore to work every day south of the university was awesome.

The truth is, it is a lot more backward than it seems at first. It is actually a lot more racist than the Atlantic side of Florida. A lot more small-town and not in a good way. It wants to be a real place and attract talent, but it doesn't want any riff-raff, and regards all thinking people as riff-raff.

The schools are really bad so you must send your kids to private school. The restaurants seem great at first, then they seem all the same. Interesting food is non-existent. It is Read More

Something for everyone - 1/28/2017
This website is saying every town I look at has a decline in Real Estate value. That is not true. I'm a Realtor and homes are rapidly rising in price. Even foreclosures are sky rocketing in price and also declining in quantity. This used to be a high foreclosure area but there are hardly any left. The South side of St Pete still needs some work but downtown is thriving with restaurants, parks, shopping and museums. It is very lively and great for the younger crowd. The West side has the beach and great private schools, including the Admiral Farragut Academy that 2 of our astronauts attended. The weather is incredible (yes it's very hot in the summer) but winters are the best! So many events and restaurants to attend. Great area to retire to. Read More

Question! - 2/19/2016
Hi, I'm moving from the NYC area to Pinellas county shortly and would like to rent a trailer. Unfortunately I now have bad credit, and have been unable to work for the past year due to a disability. I don't yet receive disability benefits (still working on that) and will begin working once I get established again in a new location (I work from home and make about $35K a year..not enough to get by in NYC on your own, but I do what I love). But I do have money saved. Further, my rental history is spotty and outdated, due to having mostly lived with either roommates or family.

My question is, if I am willing to pay 3 months in cash up front + deposit, how easy might it be to rent a mobile home anywhere in Pinellas County? I would pay 6 months up front except I don't plan on being there long-term, just until I get my credit and proof of income straightened out and my boyfriend finds a new job.

Do I have a shot at someone renting to me? Not looking for anything Read More

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