Best Cities 2010: St. Petersburg, FL

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Best Cities 2010: St. Petersburg, FL

A downtown trolley downtown connects to all five of the city’s major museums

City: St. Petersburg

State: Florida

Best Cities Overall Rank: 97

About St. Petersburg:

St Petersburg holds a Guinness World Record for the highest number of consecutive days of sunshine — 768 — that began in 1967.

Additional important information: The Salvador Dali Museum is a major tourist draw. The trolley downtown connects to all five of the city’s major museums


County: Pinelas

Population: 245,314

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: St. Petersburg Times

St. Petersburg blogs:

Whoa, Momma!
New Southside
Personal Best

St. Petersburg‘s Facebook page: Follow St. Petersburg on Facebook

St. Petersburg‘s Twitter page: Follow St. Petersburg on Twitter


Education rank:27

High School graduation rate 2008: 71.30%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 1

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.40

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 1

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.40

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 264

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.30

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,908


Health rank: 30

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.40

Quality Pediatricians: 6

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 2.44

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.33


Safety rank: 92

Violent Crimes, 2008: 3,368

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,372.93

Sex Offenders: 672

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 273.93


Economy rank: 94

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 22.10

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 13.1

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,295.94

Median Home Sale Price: $130,800

5-Year Home Value Index: -4.25%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 44.30%

Recreation Rank: 53

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2,961

Parkland per 100,000: 1,207.02


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