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St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the second largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, composed of roughly 2.8 million residents, making it the second largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the state. It is also a popular vacation destination for both American and foreign tourists.

The city is located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is connected to mainland Florida to the north; with the city of Tampa to the east by causeways and bridges across Tampa Bay; and to Bradenton in the south by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which traverses the mouth of the bay. The Gandy Bridge opened in 1924 was the first causeway to be built across Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg and Tampa cities without a circuitous 43-mile trip around the bay through Oldsmar.

With a purported average of some 361 days of sunshine each year, it is nicknamed "The Sunshine City". For that reason, the city has long been a popular retirement destination. In recent years, though, the population has shifted in a more youthful direction. American Style magazine ranked St. Petersburg its top mid-size city in 2011, citing its "vibrant" arts scene.




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