Welcome to St. Petersburg

We know you'll love living here as much as we do.

You Can Count on Midwestern-Style Friendliness

Most of us came from somewhere else. But, even long-time Saint Pete residents welcome new arrivals and make them feel at home.

Plenty of Housing Choices for New Residents

Affordable Single-Family Homes, Villas, and Condos

Wonderful Schools: From Pre-K to Post-Grad

University of South Florida: St. Petersburg

Great professors, superb technology, wonderful environment, affordable tuition

High Quality Medical Care for Young and Old

Top-Ranked Healthcare Providers: All Children's Hospital, St. Anthony's Hospital, Bayfront Health, Saint Petersburg General Hospital and many more

Lots of Outdoor Activities All Year Long

Even Evenings are Fun in Our Many Restaurants and Bars

See the entire city from the Canopy at the Birchwood

Watch the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field

Kids Love Having Outdoor Fun in St. Pete

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You'll love Moving to Greater St. Petersburg: The Un-Tourist Guide

Friendly Sophistication on Florida’s Gulfcoast 

Skyline-of-St-Petersburg-Florida 552pxSprawling out into the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s West Coast is St. Petersburg, connected by land only north to Clearwater and surrounded by water everywhere else. It makes for an impressive arrival as you take in the view from the highest span of the spectacular Sunshine Skyway, named one of the World’s Top 10 Bridges by The Travel Channel or drive on bridges from Tampa that seem to barely skim the waves.

Long ago known as a place where people from the Midwest came to retire, St. Petersburg and its lively beaches have evolved to a vibrant, artistic, and fun place to live, work, study and retire. In fact, Lonely Planet calls it “Tampa’s more arty and youthful sibling…” Most recently, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that St. Petersburg has been named to Money magazine’s list of Best Places to Retire.

“The city was praised along with nine other U.S. cities for being affordable, offering access to cultural events, beaches and other activities in addition to close proximity to world-class health care.” Well, my work here is done, but read on to learn more about this wonderful place to live.

Portrait-of-happy-young-woman 500pxDowntown St. Petersburg has experienced an astonishing makeover that turned sleepy streets into colorful avenues of bustling outdoor cafes and new restaurants, boutique hotels, art galleries and storefronts under residential lofts and alongside condominium towers with waterfront views.

From charming beach communities of low-rise condominiums and townhomes, to single-family homes lining canals, to lakefront multi-family developments, St. Petersburg has plenty of waterfront land to enjoy.

Kids on the beachResidents love unlimited beach access, lots of boat launches, fishing docks, and lush spacious parks (count ‘em—over 150) that have been designated to remain parks, even those along the valuable waterfront. High fives to members of the Garden Club of St. Petersburg who work their green thumbs to keep St. Petersburg beautiful, fulfilling the club’s mission from the year 1928 still today: “The protection of the beauty given us by nature and creation of new beauty is a noble aim for any organization. We ask your cooperation in fulfilling our aims for St. Petersburg.” In 1961 the City of St. Petersburg formed the City Beautiful Commission to assist and promote the beautification of St. Petersburg and it shows.

St. Petersburg offers a slower pace than most metropolitan cities of comparable size, yet plenty of outdoor sports, including major league baseball, NFL and NHL teams for spectators and cultural offerings so you can be as busy or relaxed as you want to be. Roads are wider and less congested making for a pleasant Sunday afternoon drive. Full-time residents numbering about 250,000 are friendly and eager to serve. The city originated as a resort destination and that environment of southern hospitality continues today.

Combine smiling faces with sun and water and you, too, will blossom in St. Pete, also affectionately known as The Burg.

Read On. You May Want to Call the Movers Right Away

10 Excellent Reasons to Make the Move to Greater St.Petersburg

Reason #1

Low Cost of Living

Start with the happy fact that you no longer need winter coats, boots, scarves, and mittens. And, keep smiling when you learn that residential monthly electric bills will be surprisingly lower, even if you factor in the warmer summer months. Florida has no state income tax, property taxes are much lower, and home prices are less for comparable living space, compared to most areas of the country. With all the sunshine, you can even grow some of your own produce at home, shaving hundreds off the annual grocery bill. Or visit downtown St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market for veggies fresh from the farm and more.

Reason #2

Dolphins in Your Backyard

If you’ve always dreamed of a waterfront home, you will find everything from charming beach cottages, towering condominiums with balcony views, custom-built mansions, contemporary single-family homes along canals, as well as villas, carriage and town homes in gated, master-planned communities with lakes stocked with fish. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 137.6 square miles (356.4 km2). 61.7 square miles (159.9 km2) of it is land, and 75.9 square miles (196.5 km2) of it or 55.13percent is water. Rest assured, wherever you live will be near water. Where else can you find dolphins in your backyard?

Reason #3

Accessible Beaches

Growing up across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, I did not truly appreciate Treasure Island beach. Sometimes we need to go away and come back to realize the value of what we had. Even after a career that included travel to Caribbean islands, The Bahamas, and Ocean City, my vote for the city with the best and most accessible beaches is still St. Petersburg, hands down. Joint efforts on the part of Pinellas County, the State of Florida, our local beach municipalities and citizen volunteers employed in dune replanting make you realize how important the beaches are to local residents, as well as tourists. St. Petersburg is one of the few destinations where you can see both sunrise and sunset. And until you’ve seen the famous green flash from any of the beaches of St. Petersburg, your bucket list is not complete.

Reason #4

Excellent Healthcare

Pediatricians actually outnumber gerontologists here—so much for the stereotype as a city for old people! HCA’s West Florida Division is the largest healthcare system in the Tampa Bay area. Emergency room wait times below the national average are posted on hospital websites, billboards or by texting “ER” to 23000 – what technology! A total of 10 hospitals in St. Petersburg are served by a network of medical specialists throughout Pinellas County. And nearby Tampa General Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center rank number one and two respectively in the area. ¹ Three of the hospitals are acute care centers and the award-winning All Children’s Hospital, a Johns Hopkins Medicine facility, treats critically ill children from all over the state of Florida.

¹U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospital Survey 2012-13

Reason #5

Midwestern Friendliness

“Only in St. Pete” is a frequent refrain here. We roll our eyes when traffic stops on 66th Street to allow a mother duck and her ducklings to cross the six-lane road. Turtles and tortoises are gently turned around when they wander into dangerous territory. Dog friendly beaches and parks can be found here. Travelocity lists nearly 60 pet-friendly hotels where the whole family can stay as you relocate. Animal lovers are good people and more than 100 neighborhoods throughout St. Petersburg are populated by kind, generous humans who rally for local causes, support each other, and exhibit pride in their “Burg.”

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Realtor.com Names St. Pete among the Best Markets for First-time Buyers

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area was named the second best market for first-time homebuyers in a  recent Realtor.com study.  Market popularity, prices, inventory, time on market and employment were evaluated by the 2014 report findings. Only Pittsburgh outranked the Tampa Bay area in the list of Top 10 markets. Source: Realtor.com  

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Many People to Thank for Help on This Book

All of the kind help I received while researching this book is further testament to how friendly the people are in St. Petersburg. Early encouragement from my wonderfully supportive family and friends like Diana Murray, helped me to say, “Yes,” when publisher Newt Barrett invited me to take on this challenge. I am grateful for his professional advice and friendship …

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As more and more businesses discover the wisdom of moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, the Chamber of Commerce welcomes them. Why wait until retirement? L’Oreal subsidiary coming to St. Pete || Business Observer | Tampa Bay, Bradenton, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Naples.

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