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Saint Petersburg, Florida

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Saint Petersburg (St. Petersburg, locally St. Pete) is a city 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, It is connected to the mainland to the north, connected with the city of Tampa, Florida to the east by causeways across Tampa Bay, and to Bradenton, Florida in the south by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

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."


St. Petersburg, Florida
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City nickname: "Florida's Sunshine City"

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Location of the city proper in the state of Florida

Founded 29 February, 1892
CountyPinellas County
MayorRick Baker (R)
Area
 - Total
 - Water

344.7 km² (133.1 mi²)
190.2 km² (73.4 mi²) 55.19%
Population
 - City (2000)
 - Metropolitan
 - Density

248,232
2.6 million
1,607.3/km²
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5
Latitude
Longitude
27°46' N
82°40' W
City of St. Petersburg Official Website (http://www.stpete.org)
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History

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 bringing a railroad connection there in 1888. Saint Petersburg was incorporated on February 29, 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. A local legend says that John C. Williams and Peter Demens flipped a coin to see who would have the honor of naming the city. Peter Demens won and named the city after his birthplace, while John C. Williams named the first hotel after his birthplace, Detroit. The Detroit Hotel still exists downtown.

Dredging of a deeper shipping channel from 1906 to 1908 opened St. Petersburg 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. The company name was the "Airboat Line" and the pilot was Tony Jannus Air service was discontinued in 1924 with the opening of Gandy Bridge, the first across Tampa Bay, which allowed automobile traffic between the two cities. The Tony Janus award is presented annually for prestigious work in the airline industry.

Historical population:

1900 1,575
1910 4,127
1920 14,237
1930 40,425
1940 60,812
1950 96,738
1960 181,298
1970 216,159
1980 238,647
1990 240,318
2000 248,232
2002 248,546 (estimate)

Sources: City of St. Petersburg 2000 Demographic Profile (http://www.stpete.org/DemoProfile/Population.pdf) and U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division (http://eire.census.gov/popest/data/cities/tables/SUB-EST2002-01.php)

Geography

Saint Petersburg is located at 27°46'56" North, 82°40'3" West (27.782254, -82.667619)Template:GR.

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.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR 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/km² (2,090.0/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 female householder with no husband present, 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 population, 19.1% of those under the age of 18 and 10.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Attractions and points of interest

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Downtown waterfront during 2005 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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, a Holocaust Museum and the Salvador Dalí Museum, which houses the largest collection of Dalí's work outside of Europe, including a number of famous and large-scale paintings such as The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

The municipal pier contains a small aquarium open to the public. Frequently docked at the pier is the replica of the HMS Bounty used in the 1962 MGM movie starring Marlon Brando. The Bounty charges a fee for tours, but will soon be leaving the city to be filmed in the sequel to Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean.

Downtown is the location of the St. Petersburg International Museum; which features traveling exhibitions of various themes. Also downtown is the Baywalk shopping complex, home to a Muvico 20 screen movie theater. North of downtown is the Sunken Gardens site, home to the gardens themselves, the local child-oriented science museum Great Explorations, and a Carraba's restaurant.

Sports

St. Petersburg is home to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Major League Baseball team. Tropicana Field, the home venue of the Devil Rays, played host to the 1998 Final Four. St. Petersburg is also home to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the inaugural race was held in April of 2005. The circuit itself is made of downtown streets passing Progress Energy Park, the marina, and a runway in Albert Whitted Airport, and streets are temporarily blocked off for the Indy car race, which is slated to become an annual event.

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