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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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