St. Petersburg, Florida

This article is about the city in the U.S. state of Florida. For the city in Russia, see Saint Petersburg. For other uses, see Saint Petersburg (disambiguation).

St. Petersburg, Florida
City of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg skyline
Nickname(s): “St. Pete”; “Florida’s Sunshine City”
Motto(s): “Always in Season”
Location in Pinellas County and the state of Florida
St. Petersburg, FloridaSt. Petersburg, FloridaLocation in the United States
Coordinates: 27°46′23″N 82°38′24″WCoordinates27°46′23″N 82°38′24″W
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedFebruary 29, 1892
Re-Incorporated as CityJune 6, 1903
Named forSaint Petersburg, Russia
 • TypeStrong Mayor-Commission
 • MayorRick Kriseman (D)
 • City131.34 sq mi (340.16 km2)
 • Land61.81 sq mi (160.10 km2)
 • Water69.52 sq mi (180.06 km2)
Elevation44 ft (13.4 m)
Population (2010)[2][3]
 • City244,769
 • Estimate (2019)[4]265,351
 • Rank79th
 • Density4,292.73/sq mi (1,657.42/km2)
 • Urban2,441,770 (17th)
 • Metro2,870,569 (18th)
Demonym(s)St. Petersburger, St. Peteian, Burgian, Saint Petersburgite
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP Codes33701, 33702, 33703, 33704, 33705, 33710, 33712-33713, 33715[5]
Area code(s)727
FIPS code12-63000[6]
GNIS feature ID290375[7]

St. Petersburg is a city in Pinellas CountyFloridaUnited States. As of the 2020 census estimate, the population was 271,842,[8] 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).[9] St. Petersburg is the fifth-largest city in Florida and the second-largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, after Tampa. Together with Clearwater, these cities comprise the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, the second-largest in Florida with a population of around 2.8 million.[10] St. Petersburg is located on the Pinellas peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and is connected to mainland Florida to the north.[11]

St. Petersburg was founded in 1888 by John C. Williams, who purchased the land, and by Peter Demens who brought the railroad industry into the area.[12][13] A coin toss bet was held between Williams and Demens to name this newly-formed community. Demens won the bet and subsequently named the land after Saint Petersburg, Russia. Williams was then granted the right to name the first hotel built (which he named the Detroit Hotel). Both named their winnings after their personal hometowns.[14] St. Petersburg was incorporated as a town on February 29, 1892 and re-incorporated as a city on June 6, 1903.[12][15]

The city is often referred to by locals as St. Pete. Neighboring St. Pete Beach formally shortened its name in 1994 after a vote by its residents. St. Petersburg is governed by a mayor and city council.[16]

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 between 1967 and 1969),[17][18] it is nicknamed “The Sunshine City”.[17] Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the average water temperature is typically around 76 °F (24 °C). [19] Due to its good weather and low cost of living, the city has long been a popular retirement destination, although in recent years the population has moved in a much more youthful direction.[20]

American Style magazine ranked St. Petersburg its top mid-size city in 2011, citing its “vibrant” arts scene.[21] The arts in St. Petersburg led the city to be named “One of the Best Street Art Cities in the World.” [22] St. Petersburg was also listed upon one of the top three places to visit in Florida.[23] In 2020, St. Petersburg was awarded a spot on of the top cities to visit in Conde Nast’s 33rd annual Conde Nast Traveler 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards. The city was recognized for being a “perfect” getaway because of its iconic beaches and historic destinations.[24] St. Petersburg most recently joined 290 other cities as an “International City of Peace”. This honor was granted by the International Cities of Peace and marks the s

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