St. Petersburg Population 2024

St. Petersburg population

St. Petersburg is a city of state Florida. The city has population over 270,000 that accounts for 1.22% of the state population. St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, after Tampa. The city’s Motto is “Always in Season”. The city has a nickname of “Sunshine City” due to an average of some 361 days of sunshine each year.

Based on our research, St. Petersburg population will reach 288,395 by 1st July of 2024. We use first day of July each year due to US census bureau normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.23% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of St. Petersburg

Looking back last twelve years of St. Petersburg’s population, the growth rate is strong and consistent ranging from 0.53% to 1.72%, adding around 1,295 to 4,490 people each year to the overall population. Lots of workers were moving to St. Petersburg to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. Comparing with other cities in Florida, St. Petersburg growth rate is above the state average. It has one of fastest growth major cities in US.

Year Population Growth rate
2011 246,016 n/a
2012 247,311 0.53%
2013 249,408 0.85%
2014 253,524 1.65%
2015 256,676 1.24%
2016 260,999 1.68%
2017 265,489 1.72%
2018 269,083 1.35%
2019 272,552 1.29%
2020 275,004 0.90%
2021 278,540 1.29%
2022 281,630 1.11%
2023 284,890 1.16%

Demographics of St. Petersburg

According to U.S. Census Bureau, 48.8 percent of the St. Petersburg population is male and 51.2 percent are female. The average resident age is 39.24, which is older than other major cities in Florida. In terms of age distribution, the city’s population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older.

The top race groups for people living in St. Petersburg are: White(68.7%),Black(23.9%),Asian(3.2%),Native(0.3%),Two or more races(2.5%).
The top languages (other than English) spoken in St. Petersburg are: Spanish (4.43%), German (0.78%), French (0.72%), Vietnamese(0.67%), Serbo-Croatian( 0.52%), and Laotian(0.51%).

In terms of resident wealth, according to research done in 2010, 17.8% of the population was under the poverty line, including 32.2% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.

Population Density of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg’s population density is 1,631 people per square kilometer, which is one of the most populated cities in Florida.


Facts About St. Petersburg

  1. Even though CNN ranked St. Pete number 7 as one of the best places to retire, only 15 percent of the population is over 65.
  2. St. Petersburg holds the distinction of having the world’s first scheduled airline flight take off on January 1, 1914. It flew the mayor, Abe Pheil, over to Tampa.
  3. St. Petersburg has the 6th highest rate of violent crime in Florida, and the lowest number of murder and manslaughter offenses of the top 6 violent crime cities in Florida.
  4. St. Petersburg’s took the lead on being green. Its water reclamation system was the first one built in the U.S. and is still one of the world’s largest. It processes more than 20 million gallons of water per day.
  5. It is known as the Sunshine City, with an average of 361 sunny days per year. With 768 consecutive days of sunshine, The Burg holds the Guinness World Record for that category.
  6. According to a 2010 census, the city contained 244,769 people, making St. Petersburg the largest city in Pinellas County.
  7. The city of St. Petersburg has been governed under a strong mayor form of government since 1993.
  8. St. Petersburg holds the distinction of having the world’s first scheduled airline flight take off on January 1, 1914. It flew the mayor, Abe Pheil, over to Tampa.


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