St. Petersburg, FL Overview
St. Petersburg, FL in Pinellas County is on the central west coast of Florida on the west side of Tampa. It was co-founded by John C. Williams, who purchased the land in 1876, and by Peter Demens, who was instrumental in bringing the railroad there in 1888. The city was named after Saint Petersburg, Russia, where Demens lived as a child.
As of the 2010 Census, St. Petersburg had a population of 244,769, making it the fourth largest city in Florida, with a median household income of $47,661.
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. St. Petersburg is less than 30 minutes from some of the finest beaches in the country, and nearby Fort DeSoto Beach was rated the best area beach by Trip Advisor for 2009.
Public transportation in St. Petersburg is provided by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), which offers bus service throughout Pinellas County. The Looper, a sightseeing trolley, also travels downtown each day. Major roadways include Interstate 275, US 19 and US 92, which travel north and south through St. Petersburg, and Central Avenue, which takes you through the city’s downtown at Tampa Bay to Treasure Island on the Gulf of Mexico. Travelers have easy access to nearby Tampa International Airport, as well as St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.
Schools & Education
St. Petersburg students are served by Pinellas County Schools, which administers 10 public high schools. The non-profit Science Center of Pinellas County educates more than 22,000 school children annually through field trip classes and offers winter, spring and summer workshops. St. Petersburg is also home to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Eckerd College and St. Petersburg College.
Several Fortune 1000 companies, like Raymond James Financial and TECO Energy, are headquartered in nearby Tampa, and the local business community is supported by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.