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Saint Petersburg, Florida

Saint Petersburg (or St. Petersburg) is in Pinellas County, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 248,232, making it the fourth largest city in the state of Florida. The city is located on a peninsula in between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, connected to the mainland to the north. The city is connected with the city of Tampa, Florida to the east by causeways across Tampa Bay.

The city is a sea port, and a popular destination for tourism and retirement by people from parts of the United States with colder climate. With an average of some 360 days of sunshine each year, it is nicknamed "The Sunshine City".

Saint Petersburg has a branch of the state university, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, as well as St Petersburg College, Eckerd College, and Stetson University College of Law.

The city has a Museum of Fine Arts, a History Museum, and the Salvador Dali Museum, which houses has one of the two best collections of Dalí's work including a number of famous paintings.


The city was founded by John C. Williams, formerly of Detroit, Michigan, who purchased the land in 1876 and, with the help of Peter Demens, was instrumental in briging a railroad connection there in 1888. Saint Petersburg was incorporated on 29 February, 1892, when it had a population of only some 300 people.

It was named after the Saint Petersburg in Russia, the birthplace of Peter Demens.

Dredging of a deeper shipping channel from 1906-1908 opened St. Petersburgh to larger shipping. Further dredging improved the port facilities through the 1910s.

In 1914 airplane service across Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg to Tampa and back was initiated, generally considered the first commercial airline.

Air service was discontinued with the opening of Gandy Bridge, the first across Tampa Bay, in 1924, allowing automobile traffic between the two cities.

In 1950 the city had a population of 96,738 people.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 344.7 km² (133.1 mi²). 154.4 km² (59.6 mi²) of it is land and 190.2 km² (73.4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 55.19% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 248,232 people, 109,663 households, and 61,630 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,607.3/km² (4,163.1/mi²). There are 124,618 housing units at an average density of 806.9 persons/km² (2,090.0 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 71.36% White, 22.36% African American, 0.31% Native American, 2.67% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.07% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. 4.23% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 109,663 households out of which 24.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% are married couples living together, 13.8% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 43.8% are non-families. 35.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.20 and the average family size is 2.88.

In the city the population is spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $34,597, and the median income for a family is $43,198. Males have a median income of $30,794 versus $25,860 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,107. 13.3% of the population and 9.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 19.1% are under the age of 18 and 10.8% are 65 or older.


St. Petersburg is home to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays major league baseball team.

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