St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 258,308, making it the fifth-most populous city in Florida and the second-largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, after Tampa. It is the largest city in the state that is not a county seat (the city of Clearwater is the seat of Pinellas County).[5] Along with Clearwater, these cities are part of the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, the second-largest in Florida with a population of around 2.8 million.[6] St. Petersburg is on the Pinellas peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and is connected to mainland Florida to the north.[7]

St. Petersburg, Florida
City of St. Petersburg
Nickname(s): 
"St. Pete"; "Florida's Sunshine City"
Motto: 
"Always in Season"
Location in Pinellas County and the state of Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 27°46′23″N 82°38′24″W
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyPinellas
Founded1888
IncorporatedFebruary 29, 1892
Re-Incorporated as CityJune 6, 1903
Named forSaint Petersburg, Russia
Government
  TypeStrong Mayor-Commission
  MayorKen Welch (D)
Area
  City135.49 sq mi (350.93 km2)
  Land61.87 sq mi (160.24 km2)
  Water73.63 sq mi (190.69 km2)
Elevation
44 ft (13.4 m)
Population
 (2020)
  City258,308
  Rank79th
  Density4,175.08/sq mi (1,612.01/km2)
  Urban
2,441,770 (17th)
  Metro
2,870,569 (18th)
Demonym(s)St. Petersburger, St. Peteian, Burgian, Saint Petersburgite
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
33701, 33702, 33703, 33704, 33705, 33710, 33712-33713, 33715[2]
Area code727
FIPS code12-63000[3]
GNIS feature ID290375[4]
Websitewww.stpete.org

Locals often refer to the city 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.[8]

With an average of 361 days of sunshine annually, and a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days between 1967 and 1969),[9][10] it is nicknamed "The Sunshine City."[9] Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the average water temperature is typically around 76 °F (24 °C).[11] Due to its good weather, the city has long been a popular retirement destination, although in recent years the population has moved in a much more youthful direction.[12]


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