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Great place to live.

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St. Pete is a great place to live. The city is full of building murals, art galleries, museums, pop up markets, restaurants, bars, and many small shops.
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Kind of a Depressing Place

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I grew up in St. Petersburg and spent the start of my young adult life here as well. To be perfectly honest, the culture of the place gets pretty depressing. Everyone in this city has their own story of how some terrible crime was committed right down their road. You avoid certain shopping centers because you know someone will ask you for money there. When the time comes to move out, the rent is killer for young people, and chances are good you'll spend a lot of money for a place you don't even feel safe in. There are some pretty cool things going on downtown, like the Saturday morning market and Central Avenue, but that's just a nice mask that barely covers all the poverty this town has. If you have to live in Pinellas County, go for Dunedin. It's a hidden gem with a cute downtown, better schools, and not as much crime.
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are you stupid?

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Do yourself a favor and cross this nightmare off your list. I moved down here a couple of years ago based on the misrepresentation of the area you get from the favorable internet comments. Lest you be swayed by that fantasy; it is a disaster on multiple levels. First of all, expect to pay a premium to live here. Rents are higher here than for many metropolitan areas where you can get actual culture and a public transit system that grants you access to that culture. I made the mistake of renting before concluding a mortgage would be a better investment. Your rents will only move in one direction and the quality of life will move in the other. Once the constant noise from your neighbors slamming their doors or playing music too loud, and the cumulative damage from door dings on your car finally passes your threshold, you may conclude that having your own 4 walls is worth the hefty downpayment, the closing costs, and the surprise repairs that are rewards of home ownership. You will be mistaken. Immediately upon buying you will experience the ultimate joy of living here: boredom and constant antagonism from selfish neighbors. You'd better move down here with your family if you expect any social interaction. Few of the locals can make enough money to live here comfortably so you'll be hit up for money at every opportunity. The prices of homes are driven up by wealthy out of state cash buyers who use the homes here as airbnbs or long term rentals. This has the effects of ensuring that all of your neighbors will be low class disgruntled renters and ironically driving up the assessed value of your home (and consequently your property taxes and homeowner's insurance costs). Don't we all like paying more to get less? You will truly reach the next level once you realize you moved in next to renters who have numerous roosters on their property which crow all day long and other renters who play bass music so loud it rattles your whole house, multiple times per week. As a matter of fact, yes, those are both in violation of the local noise ordinances and no, the St. Petersburg police department won't do anything about it because, hey, it's easier to say anything goes than to actually enforce laws. That extra tax money will feel well spent at that point. But hey, maybe you are special and you don't sleep. Maybe you won't care about the terrible food, the lack of culture (music/theatre/politics) and nearly dying on a daily basis from all the poor drivers everywhere. If that sounds like you, then this is the city for you.
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Wouldn't move here in hind-sight

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I've been living in St. Pete for over 11 years, and I am not very happy with the way the Local Government, and the Local Police Agency handles themselves. Education could be a lot better, in-terms of locals having one. The people you meet here are not the same as the people you know and love up-north, or any other State, they locals are not to be trusted, and certainly wouldn't call them life-long friends. I would catogrorize St. Petersburg as a great place to visit and enjoy the Sun, but knowing what I know now, I would have never moved here.
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Always something Good Everywhere

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Right now st. Pete is perfect for us. We lucked into a free Arts Magnet School for are two boys ages 7 and 10. Is this a good place for 20 somethings? Probably not. I spent my single years in Akron, Ohio, Cincinnati, Louisville, Bremen Germany, Boston, Phoenix, Santa Monica, West LA, and Long Beach. I got married on the Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach, CA. We left because you could not touch anything to buy for a family house for under 1 million USD. We moved here at the bottom of the sub prime real estate crash and bough a nice 3b craftsmen house built in 1926, 1800 square foot for 250,000 USD which was 1/4 of what it would cost in Long Beach. Is St. Pete perfect? Of course not. But neither was Santa Monica and Long Beach. Yes, there are homeless people but I have not been attacked by homeless people like I did on the MTA Orange line in Boston. Was Boston better for my 25-29 years? Absolutely but I do not miss my car being burred under 12 feet of snow like it was in the great NorEaster of 1993. Right now St. Pete is just fine for a 53 year old with two boys under 10. Do I miss the music scenes of Boston and LA? Absolutely but nonetheless my favorite 80's and 90's bands such as OMD, PIL, Dandy Warhols, Smithereens, Rev. Horton Heat, and Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedies) play regularly about 20 blocks from where I live in a small theater. I can catchy my home State Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds baseball teams at an air conditioned dome about 16 blocks from where I live. You win some you lose some. When the kids leave for college I am sure we will move to somewhere more cosmopolitan such as Santa Monica where my brother in law lives.
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St. Petersburg CityPass

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In the spring 2017 we bought St. Petersburg CityPass card and managed to visit 7 museums in 2 days, saving about $30. Taxi discount is $7, discount in bar for dinner - $15. The card is delivered straight to the hotel, booking through the website beforehand. It begins to work from the first visit of the first museum. You do not have to wait long queues to the ticket office and do not need to change the currency for payment. There is not much time to walk around the museums, but if you plan your schedule carefully and start early in the morning, choose your favorite places of interest, you will manage everything. The system with the card is very user-friendly, but there is no enough time. On the bus excursion we got new individual headphones and was allowed to keep it. What a nice gift! We will definitely visit the city one more time when there is St. Petersburg CityPass available for 7 days.
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I moved here 6 months ago and cant wait to leave

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Do not move here! The downtown and beaches are gorgeous but everything in the middle is horrible. There are alleys everywhere and they are filled with crack whores, pimps, drug dealers and just plain trash at all hours of the day and night. I have seen people injecting drugs in their arms multiple times and called the police and they do absolutely nothing. They cant arrest them because they need to arrest 60 percent of the population and that isnt possible so they look the other way. I bought a house in a so called nice neighborhood and have been panhandled in my driveway so many times I cant count by these useless pieces of trash that live here. They walk around like zombies and it is so depressing. I think it is Florida in general that is this way. Two out of three of the closest neighbors I have sell drugs. I have heard gun shots many times. When people from out of town come here they say it looks so beautiful here but be warned, it is the worst place on earth. I cant leave quick enough.
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St Pete, Fl ,Lol. St Pete,,, were Trying!!! Always trying.

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Not a nice place, rich or poor.Most of the folks there been there for generations with the family bizz, which is handed down, drug dealing , thieving and corruption. Infested with Drugs and Scarry, its a black an white city, The black being dominant. You been Warned! Stay away,Sooner or later if you live here, you will be scamed robbed or worst its a very bad city cloaked in a nice scenery of politics and marketing.
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A Tale of Two Cities

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I am writing from a perspective of someone who lives in a waterfront home in an historic area of St. Petersburg and whose finances are very much in line. So this is not sour grapes. I am trained as a Ph.D. Economist and raised in Minneapolis, so notions like income inequality probably mean more to me than most yuppies who live on the "right" side of the tracks, although I have met some (not many) upper middle income people who care about the yawning inequalities as much as I do-after all, this is Florida, where the "I got mine" attitude is very prevalent.

Of course, the source of the inequality is generally poor schools (there is a smattering of magnet schools and private schools but middle class people will generally find it tough to put their kids in a good school) along with the nice beaches and water. The former drives high-end service businesses away while the the latter drives people who made it somewhere else to move here. At one point before the nadir of the housing bubble (And we got it as bad as Vegas). 1 in 4 homes where owned by outsiders or investors.

Because of the low education levels, it is very hard to get value added businesses to locate or grow here. Our main industries are call centers, contract manufacturing, bill processing, computer distribution and typical low paying tourist stuff. There are a few brain businesses-health care, some defense and Raymond James brokerage- come to mind but not much else.

My wife and I have two children and were appalled at the school choice. We were not happy with the private schools either as the two that were most recommended had "values" that astounded us. At the most well known private school, I never saw so many young wives in car line with surgical enhancements. This is a big thing here. I later found out that we led the nation in per capita breast enhancements! Did any father at the school-usually a developer or a Oxy-Clean TV show developer (we do have Home Shopping here, another call center)-every marry a woman close to his own age? Yes, it was the first marriage!

The best private schools are the few Catholic schools in the area as they still teach values that are remotely similar to our Midwestern values.

So be prepared to see the richest in the poorest from one minute to the next. Miles and miles of rough high crime neighborhoods surround the "nice areas." And if the school isn't in the ghetto, it still can be bad. We don't have industries that attract educated people so their children really aren't that into school either. Schools that look suburban (Northeast High) have pedestrian academic records.

We do have nice weather 4-5 months out the year and as I age, it is easier for me to get around in the winter. And we have no income tax either-but this isn't Minnesota or Massachusetts-you can't tax low margin businesses or their employees as they will cease to exist. And benefits for the poor are meager-my unemployed sister-in-law still managed to make too much for Medicaid, not that I would wish Florida Medicaid on anyone as most doctors with American med school degrees don't take it.

Like much of Florida, St. Petersburg is a sprawl where miles of nice neighborhoods with good schools are few and far between. You can find this in small amounts in the North of the County, but the commutes are long and difficult. For historical reasons, the only unimpeded North South route (275) runs 1/3 of the way through the county. The rest of the trip is a 50-60 stoplight clogged US 19 to get North to these "suburbs." It takes a long time to get to the North of the County if you live in St. Pete.

If the yawning income inequality and lack of sophistication don't bother you and you have some money, I think you can enjoy this place. Most of the original Florida natives are polite and Southern in their manners and freely admit that it is the ones who couldn't make it up North who are rude. Taxes are low and if you afford schools and make a good living, there are endless restaurants to enjoy. The tourism here allows the area to support many, many more dining experiences than a typical city of 300,000. And some restaurants here are excellent. Last, as I hire many young male MBA's in my business, there are many single, body conscious (it is Florida) women here who are dying to date the relatively few highly educated young men in the area (Unfortunately, I also hire many young elite female MBA's where this math works in reverse).

By the way, I can't move as many employees would suffer. I have bought three homes in other states to keep happy, but don't have enough time to enjoy them. Just a tough place for an Economist or anyone else who wonders about the best way to structure a society. I don't think this is it.
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Racist people everywhere.

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I can't stand racism and you find it everywhere in the town. You would be better off moving to Tampa. Many ignorant racist people. I have lived here for three and a half years and thank God I am gone next month. I would recommend this place for old retired people that have nothing to do. The city is full of snobs and morons what a perfect combination. I grew up in Miami Florida and this is a s******* compared to downtown Miami. The culture is terrible people are rude to each other and are always saying sarcastic things to each other. Definitely not a place where I want to raise with child.
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Not so fast....

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You may want to ignore the review posted below and follow along for an accurate depiction of this beautiful city. No place is perfect or without it's problems but I happen to love this place. I have traveled all over the US and this is by far my favorite. I've lived in TX, AZ, OK, TN, GA, IA, IL, MN & WI. If you are drawn to the ocean as I am, chances are you will love it. I am speaking from the point of view of someone who earns just a bit above the median income. I have lived here for 15 years.

If you make less than 45k a year (by yourself), this is probably not a great place to be...but then again, where is?

West St. Pete is my personal favorite neighborhood to live. The Jungle area is full of mature landscaping (huge oak, pine and palm trees) and a mixture of home styles. No cookie cutters here. You may find a 100k home next to a 500k or a million dollar home but overall it's a good neighborhood. The intracoastal waterway is about two blocks away and there is a small pier on the water. The area south of Tyrone BLVD (diagonal) all the way to Pasadena is very nice. Park Street is lined with high end waterfront homes.

Gulfport (further southwest) is an eclectic artsy, weird sort of place but is very cool. It borders the ocean at the south. Just stay south of 22nd ave S in The Art District. North of that is questionable from 58th st, east over to 49th st. Not bad during the day but...I wouldn't want to walk it at night. Gulfport is full of restaurants and cool taverns and B&B's. It is also home to the L&G community. Not my thing but it doesn't encompass the entire community either. great place to hang for the day as you can walk to many different places. Check out the roof top bar overlooking the beach. (Owner/name changes every 8-12 months it seems).

From there (The Jungle) you can head west to the beach....about an 8 minute drive via Central Avenue to the south or west on Tyrone to the north. Miles and miles of beaches from Pass-A-Grille all the way to Clearwater Beach. If you desire a waterfront house with a boat dock in the back, you can find one in these places starting from 350k on up to 10 mil. beach front as well starting at 1 million.

Starting from the south beaches and moving north...

Pass-A-Grille Beach: Home to the Don Cesar hotel, great beaches and full of million dollar waterfront homes and high taxes. Check out the 4 or 5 story roof top bar at The Hurricane. 260 degree water views...AWESOME.

St. Pete Beach: A mix of older homes and waterfront properties. Condos, tourist beaches and bars, etc. Check out Corey Avenue all the way to the west where it hits the water. Full of nice waterfront bars & restaurants. You can get there by boat as well.

Treasure Island: similar to STPB but you can drink on the public beach here legally (except one main area). This is probably my favorite place. "Touristy" but I am ok with that. Check out Sloppy Joes for beach front dining and drinks.

Madeira Beach: Lower end beach community but still very cool. Check out the Dacquiri Shack acorss the street from the beach. Not much waterfront businesses here but the Shoreline island Resort is a great place to stay for under $120. You can also drink on the beaches here. Just as always, no glass and don't act like an idiot and the police will not bother you. John's Pass is nice if you want to get elevated on the water. Lots of places to check out.

Redington & North Redington Beach: More residential than the "touristy" beaches listed above. They still have a few cool bars & restaurants to check out though.

Indian Shores: Check out Mahuffers! A must see shack across from the beach. Salt Rock Grille for upper end dining.

Indian Rocks Beach: Nice place...more residential but still has some nice shops, restaurants and bars.

Most places north of Madeira are more quiet communities.

The only other area I would live in St. Pete would be the old northeast. I actually used to live here as well. From the awesome downtown St. Pete, north to roughly 40th ave N is the best IMO. I am referring to all areas east of MLK. 4th street is very cool. Full of stuff to do. Check out Three Birds Tavern for a great menu or some fish and chips. Great place.

Go south of down town during the day and check out Fish Tales Seafood House. A great marina front covered bar and grill on the water. You can get there by boat. I would avoid going south or west of this place. Especially at night. That is all ghetto.

This is Florida so there are great places and some to avoid.

There are more nice places to live than what I listed but I am drawn to these because of the lifestyle and proximity to the water. If you want to live more inland and don't care about the water, check out Seminole or you can always find gated communities scatter around throughout.

In regards to the police in St. Pete, I would not listen too much to the below poster. Sounds like he may have a little too much interaction (cough, cough) with the cops to be unbiased. I have been pulled over a couple times and always had a firearm (legal in Florida, just tell them you have it) in my car. They were all very respectful and have always just given warnings. As with anywhere, be respectful to the police and chances are pretty good they will do the same.
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St. Peters Turd Is More Like It

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I grew up here in PInellas County. Crap i was even born here. That was when there was hmm roughly a quarter million to 300,000 or so people in the whole county. I will say it use to be a nice place. That was when there were hardly any cops 3/4 LESS people and barely any out of staters. I have seen a city and county in my life time, just completely, go to shit. I wouldn,t single out saint pete alone with the shitty comments though. No no, its nit just the blacks rioting and burning down every piece of nice downtown st pete district and curent sales of crack and pot out of the 5th ave plaza on 34th , or there all out violent , running buisness in to the ground pissed off we dont give a shit attitude when they work in nearly every local facility including the hospitals in the shitty hospital district. No no . Or the fact that in St. Peters Turd every hotel or motel has turned in to the "No Tell Motel "Because there run by indiansaka habiebs, that have each of the many front offices on nearly any motel on 4th street and 34 th street smelling like a nasty bowl full of red beans and rice. Not to mention mostly delapidated co.ditions compared to the previous caucasion owners feom the 80`s of all of the smaller motels and hotels. Or the fact that no one follows a standard for proper proceedure or protocol and the law just figure hey we will enforce what we want when we want and do what ever we like like in every other city in pinellas county. No no its also kenneth city the bumpkins paradise ware toothless unworthys roam all day amd give a rats ass about there apearance or neighborhoods. Sell drugs to get by much like saint pete turd. I like to call it kinnith city ware everbodys are kinnnnn. Because u will never encounter such a inbread bunch of bumpkins in your life as you will there. At a glance none seem aparent but watch some mouths open and u will see what i mean. Amd law enforcement give me a break. In kenneth city they watch stolen bike viewed as distraction to driver get and be left chained to stop sighns and street signs, allow people to drift across 3 LANES of traffic allow people to drive agains traffic over solid lines and even lead them to do it drive across 3 lanes of oncoming to over solid lines to make illegal turns., no one gets stoped for running stop signs, or failure to use turn signals, in traffic or changing lanes at lights over solid lines or crossing 3 lanes without signal after pauseing at current lane. Or how after all of the preventative measure they dont take you see the daily major reck, how they issue the highest wirst posable tick imaginable to one or both party . Or hey what about we make are way to seminhole up the road a little more some call the drug dealers house i just call it another piece of saint petes turd. I mean 101 different lawn buisness and tree services all in one spot. Ive seen less unaccounted.tax dollars in a money launderimg factory scheme. But again and again neighboring cities seem to higher the habitual dope smoking coke snorting felons to do lawn and tree work outaide of industry standard i mean osha could come to pinellas period amd shut the whiole county down feom what they would see here. Or beebop on over to largetto another use to be nicetill thugy punks and mainly black started the drug saled in brittany bay handy corner and criminal towers. I mean its like its a poular thing to look act and be a piece of shit in pinellas county period if u do drug drink heavy have tattoos dont like being good to ur kids and never want to male shit of your self pinellas county is the place dor you. And you will figure this out once tpu make it to clearwater on the strip at night. With all the cities thugs and punks culminated in to on steamimg pile of monkey crap. And many if not all of the same traits as above cities. Like being subjected to stupidity, or improper protocol , love drugs dope crack pills , being placed with blame for a wreck in traffic after someone runns a red light or text and drives , give a rats ass aabout your future or want a bunch of med professionals from a c- institute like FSU saving u from the guy that pulled his concealed weapon and got away with it come to pinellas and saint peters turd is only a start.
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Love st. petersburg!!

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great place to live. Its me and my husband and our two kids. we moved here a year ago. we found our place through garden communities fl. theres always something to do with the kids and the weather is always great. there are endless amounts of beaches on the Gulf Coast, the waters of Tampa Bay, and its close to Busch Gardens and even Disney! we moved here from new jersey, and its definitely a great change! i cant get enough of this warm awesome weather!! perfect family place to live, its perfect for us..

this is where we found our place:
http://www.gardencommunitiesfl.com/Apartment-Rentals/Hillsborough-County-FL/Tampa/St-Petersburg-Florida-Facts.aspx
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What a Mistake

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O.K the beaches are nice while they are still here the sand however is being brought in due to erosion, Forget downtown 2 face scum all the way wall to wall snotty people on one side the other old people and finally the punks,graffiti artist skateboard types. The mentality of the people here makes me ashamed to belong to the human race. Now the arts Dali is exempt but the local "art scene" is a laugh it consists of those punks I mentioned earlier the ones that just left college to try to make it, also self proclaimed artists who are laughably bad, and a maybe 5% who try and some do succeed,Not a good ratio and I am an artist one that grows jealousy from the wannabes but I am not going to get into that.The cities as a whole sucks the streets are old, people will run you over just because, there is an accident every 15 minutes to an hour just in my neighborhood South pasadena. I have only been here 6 months and that seems to be the breaking point for many. Yes the wildlife is cool the ocean is nice and the weather 70% is not bad but the way the people go about business,crappy schools,crowded everything,think twice, I hopefully will be leaving after my lease is up.Nothing against Florida but for some reason st stink, stinks. And yes it is depressing,or it will make you want to kill .
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Depressing

Attractions5/10
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Lived in St Pete for a short period of time. It's a really depressing place. It has some pretty scenery and the Dali museum but it stops there. There is NO nightlife worthy of mention. Shopping is a joke. Residents act like St Pete is on par with major cities and it's just not. It's a small town on Tampa Bay. Lots of bums and transients and dirty people running across highways barefoot. The weather is perfect in the winter months but unbearable in the summer. Tons of crappy restaurants. And strangely, most people I met were pretty dumb. Don't know if that's a florida thing but it's pretty apparent when you start talking to the locals. Oh, awesome thunderstorms.
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A great city centered in the Tampa Bay Area

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We don't usually post in traditional forums like this but we want to defend the city that we have called home over the years. This city is centrally located in the Greater Tampa Bay Area and has access to numerous beaches on the Gulf Coast, the waters of Tampa Bay, and only a short drive to attractions like Busch Gardens and even Disney. Crime is not much worse than any other major city and like other cities there are some problem areas. In our opinion Pinellas County may have a little too harsh and unclear legal policy when it comes to certain options of the nightlife entertainment but there are still plenty of clubs in the area as well as across the Bay in Tampa and to the North in Pasco County. The city has great educational opportunities starting in High School with the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Pete High and the Cat Program at another local High School. The city is home to St. Petersburg College and a satellite campus of the University of South Florida. The St Petersburg/Clearwater Airport offers nationwide flights and Tampa International airport is just across the Bay. We highly recommend the St. Petersburg and all the Cities in the Greater Tampa Bay area. St. Petersburg is a corporate hub for numerous national companies and has a ton of small businesses serving the area. A great place to live, work, and visit. Respectfully, the Risque Rides Crew.
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Not for me!

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I have lived in St Pete now for almost 3 1/2 years, it sucks. My husband and I are finally getting out in 6 months :) :) :) This place is a poor, dilapidated shit hole! The rental market is a joke; unless you can pay at least $1800 in rent forget living in a decent home! I've lived in CA, VA, IN, DE, MD, NV, CO, almost everywhere in the US and I have never seen such a dump! I know every town or city has a bad side but you can drive all the way from North of TPA all the way to Bradenton and it all looks the same! CRAP! Dilapidated section 8! I lived in Sarasota for 14 years - my husband and I had to move away but had to move back to TPA for work. We thought St Pete would be a better fit for us than TPA - it doesn't matter they are both the same except St Pete is smaller. Its like one half of the population is a crippled poor mess and the other half lives in the million dollar house and drive Mercedes. And a very small slice lives in the only few new apartment complexes in the area that charge $2000/mo for a 2/2. Am I the only one who sees this as a bit weird? And what is with all the tattoos and piercings? I know "tats" are popular know but....if you're not from here and reading post to gather info please heed my warning....GHETTO
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St. Petersburg, FL City Review

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Shopping10/10
I have lived in St Petersburg Florida now for the last 10 years and I got to say it really has grown on me. There is a wonderful hidden historical, creative, and new cultures springing up all the time. When I walk down Central Avenue and hit my local coffee bistro they know me by name and always have exactly what I want at the time of my arrival. The city is very small at the end of the peninsula and is a short drive to Tampa which is an entirely separate world in itself. It's the culture of St. Petersburg Florida that keeps me loving it here every single day.

I know that every time I step out my door there is a whole new world waiting for me and the anticipation grows each passing moment. Whether it is taking a walk down in the historical district, or my eye catching at the new exhibit at the museum, on my way to a St. Petersburg pier it is always an adventure. As I get closer to the pier I get to see many types of people from the guy that plays every day on the street corner strumming his tunes to the classic American rock and roll or the small band that plays at the front to central and first avenue that enjoys the bluegrass classics that you just do not here anymore. When the rays are playing and the city streets are packed with fans coming home from the games you can hear the cheering and celebration when they win you can also feel the broken hearts when they lose. If there is one thing I can say about St Petersburg it is old time city with an old time neighborhood waiting to burst at the seams every night with something new.
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St. Petersburg, FL - Party Paradise

Attractions9/10
Community9/10
Nightlife10/10
Dining10/10
Shopping8/10
St. Petersburg is one the sunniest place in the United States, according to the Guinness book of world records. Located between Tampa Bay and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Saint Pete is lined with beautiful beaches, a rich culture, delicious restaurants and abundant attractions. Visit historic museums like the Dali, Tampa Bay Devil Ray's baseball games or Indy races, and enjoy fun in the sun on St. Petersburg glorious beaches and numerous state parks.

The city of St. Petersburg is a short, two hour drive to paradise from south west Florida. For our twentieth wedding anniversary, we chose a long weekend in St. Petersburg. As beach lovers and nightlife partakers, Clearwater beach was the finest North St Petersburg location for us to lodge. Lined with hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and of course a sandy white beach, there was not a moment of boredom. On Saturday, we visited The Pier, a landmark of downtown St. Petersburg. The Pier is reminiscent of an attraction, with plenty of specialty shops, bike and boat rentals, fishing, and pelican feeding. Beyond the great food, fun activities, and beautiful view of Tampa Bay, our favorite Pier attraction was the Pier Aquarium; a wonderful two story, round aquatic display smack dab in the center with a second floor displaying beautiful salt water life.

The nightlife at the beach in St Petersburg was fabulous. With every form of live music available and night clubs that ranged from casual to formal dress, it was the perfect place to party. Look no further than the city of St. Petersburg to provide an action packed vacation.
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Source: The St. Petersburg, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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