St. Petersburg is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 258,201 people and 94 constituent neighborhoods, St. Petersburg is the fifth largest community in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, St. Petersburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, St. Petersburg is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Petersburg who work in office and administrative support (12.15%), sales jobs (11.13%), and management occupations (10.50%).
Also of interest is that St. Petersburg has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in St. Petersburg telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.81% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
St. Petersburg is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although St. Petersburg is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
St. Petersburg is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The education level of St. Petersburg citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.07% of adults in St. Petersburg have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in St. Petersburg in 2018 was $38,802, which is upper middle income relative to Florida, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $155,208 for a family of four. However, St. Petersburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
St. Petersburg is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call St. Petersburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of St. Petersburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in St. Petersburg include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in St. Petersburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.