St. Petersburg is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. As of the 2015 census estimate, the population was 257,083, making it the fifth-most populous city in Florida and the largest in the state that is not a county seat (the city of Clearwater is the seat of Pinellas County). St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, after the city of Tampa. Together with Clearwater, these 3 cities comprise the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, the second-largest in Florida with a population of around 2.8 million. St. Petersburg is located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and is connected to mainland Florida to the north. The city is often referred to by locals as “St. Pete”. St. Pete Beach formally shortened its name in 1994. According to a 2010 census, St. Petersburg contained 244,769 people, and 129,401 households — making St. Petersburg the largest city in Pinellas County. Zip codes for St. Petersburg are 33701, 33702, 33703, 33704, 33705, 33710, 33712, 33713, and 33715.
Median house prices range from $150,000 – $4 million.
St. Petersburg is home to more than 100 neighborhoods, with most of the historic districts located near the bay. In the eastern-center of the city is Downtown St. Petersburg. Downtown St. Pete has a branch of St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus.
Some of St. Petersburg’s 100+ neighborhoods are:
Downtown (North Downtown and University Park)
Euclid St. Paul’s
Historic Old Northeast/North Shore
Historic Roser Park
Roser Park Historic District
Round Lake Historic District/Round Lake
Weedon Island Preserve
Yacht Club Estates
Dixie M. Hollins High School
Gibbs High School
Lakewood High School
Northeast High School
St. Petersburg High School
St. Petersburg Collegiate High School
Canterbury School of Florida
Shorecrest Preparatory School
Admiral Farragut Academy
The city is connected to Tampa by the east by causeways and bridges across Tampa Bay, and to Bradenton in the south by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Interstate 275), which traverses the mouth of the bay. It is also served by Interstates 175 and 375, which branch off I-275 into the southern and northern areas of downtown respectively. The Gandy Bridge, conceived by George Gandy and opened in 1924, was the first causeway to be built across Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg and Tampa cities. The completion of the Howard Frankland Bridge in 1960, created another connection between St. Petersburg and Tampa.
Nearby Tampa International Airport provides air transportation for most passengers. Smaller airlines, with destinations to smaller cities and towns, operate at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, with most tenants providing only seasonal services. Albert Whitted Airport provides general aviation services near the heart of downtown St. Petersburg.
With an average of some 361 days of sunshine each year and a Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days), it is nicknamed “The Sunshine City”. Due to its good weather, the city has long been a popular destination. American Style magazine ranked St. Petersburg its top mid-size city in 2011, citing its “vibrant” arts scene.
The Mahaffey Theater complex, the Morean Arts Center, dozens of other art galleries, Haslam’s Bookstore, The Coliseum, Palladium Theatre, and Jannus Live are among the galleries and cultural venues featured downtown. Several prominent museums are located on the perimeter. Many of them have received notable accolades, including the Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Salvador Dalí Museum, the Florida International Museum, the St. Petersburg Museum of History, and the Florida Holocaust Museum. The city hosts many outdoor festivals throughout the year at Vinoy Park too. St. Pete is also becoming one of the largest destinations in Florida for kiteboarding with locations such as Fort De Soto Park, Pass-a-Grille, and Ten-Cent. The downtown district is home to 2 professional sports teams, the Tampa Bay Rays MLB baseball team, located west of downtown at Tropicana Field, and the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team, which is located downtown at Al Lang Stadium.
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