July 23, 2014

community portrait

St. Petersburg & Clearwater

More than just gathering data, we're trying to capture elements that make each community distinctive.

Who lives here?

Ovation
The view from St. Petersburg’s most upscale downtown high-rise, Ovation

» St. Petersburg

Population: 248,308
White, non-Hispanic: 67%
African-American: 21%
Hispanic: 6%
Asian: 4%
Other: 2%

St. Pete Grand Prix
Grand Prix races are held each spring in downtown St. Petersburg.

» Demographic Makeup

» Growth: With almost all of Pinellas County built out — St. Petersburg is the largest of 24 incorporated municipalities in the county — population between 2000-08 actually declined about 3,000.

» Age Distribution: Although the city’s median age is slightly higher than the national average, St. Petersburg has long evolved past its retirement-haven reputation: 56% of the city’s population is under 44.

» Stability: About 85% of the city’s residents were in the same residence a year earlier, and 96% were living somewhere in Pinellas County a year earlier.

» Foreign-born: Less than one in 10 residents of the city were born outside the U.S.

» Families in Poverty: 13%

» Education: Nearly 90% of the city’s population graduated from high school; 27% of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

» Median Household Income: $43,305

» Income: Nearly eight in 10 residents receive earnings from work; 17% have retirement income other than Social Security; 31% receive Social Security payments.

All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg
Rooms at the new All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg include entertainment systems at each bedside and space for parents to stay overnight.

Downtown Clearwater
Downtown Clearwater and the Memorial Causeway link to Clearwater Beach

» Clearwater

Population: 99,479
White, non-Hispanic: 74%
African-American: 13%
Hispanic: 8%
Other: 5%

» Demographic Makeup

» Population Growth: Clearwater, like St. Petersburg, lost residents between 2005 and 2008.

» Median Age: 44

» Stability: Nearly nine out of 10 city residents were in the same residence a year earlier, and 96% were living somewhere in
Pinellas County a year earlier.

» Foreign-born: 15%

» Families in Poverty: 10%

» Education: Nearly 90% of the city’s population graduated from high school; 26% of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

» Median Income: $45,175

» Income: Some 73% of residents received earnings from work; 18% have retirement income other than Social Security; 36% receive Social Security payments.

Beach Walk
Clearwater’s $30-million Beach Walk revitalization project includes a winding, landscaped promenade.

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