St. Petersburg: Living on Florida's Suncoast
Life on the Florida Suncoast offers endless advantages and opportunities. With year-round sunshine, abundant cultural and recreational activities, and an affordable cost-of-living, it is no wonder that the St. Petersburg area is one of Florida's most desirable metropolitan areas
St. Petersburg occupies the southern tip of Pinellas County, bordering Tampa Bay to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. The area boasts more than 20 miles of white sand beaches - two of which are designated in the Top Ten Beaches in the Country. The average temperature in St. Petersburg is 73 degrees and boasts nearly 361 days of sunshine per year. With a near-perfect climate, St. Petersburg provides year-round opportunities for all that our area has to offer.

With a population of just under 250,000, St. Petersburg rivals larger cities in its array of professional sports teams including: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

For culture enthusiasts, St. Petersburg offers world-class exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the largest collection of art by the Master Surrealist, at the Salvador Dali Museum.

The Pier on St. Petersburg's waterfront is a popular marketplace, filled with unique shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Other local attractions include: Great Explorations - The Hands On Museum; the St. Petersburg Historical Museum; Lowry Park Zoo; and Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.

Located just 90 miles from downtown St. Petersburg, fun-lovers can enjoy the sights and thrills of Central Florida's theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Sea World, to name a few.

For academic opportunities, the St. Petersburg area has an impressive array of educational institutions, such as the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus, Eckerd College, Stetson University College of Law, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and St. Petersburg College. In addition, our area includes some of the finest names in marine science in the southeast:

The Florida Institute of Oceanography at USF; the U.S. Geological Survey's Center for Coastal Geology; and the Florida Marine Research Institute.

St. Petersburg is a desirable locale for more than its natural beauty and entertainment opportunities - it is also a very affordable place to live. With no state income tax and a wide range of housing options, living in St. Petersburg is a sensible economical decision. Condos, apartments, and single-family homes are available to fit any budget.

On the Florida Suncoast, you can enjoy all the advantages that life has to offer.
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