These Are The 10 Worst St. Petersburg Suburbs For 2018


We used science and data to determine which St. Petersburg suburbs are the real pits.

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Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround St. Petersburg.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which St. Petersburg ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the St. Petersburg area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to St. Petersburg proper, although Longboat Key certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of St. Petersburg are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 18 biggest suburbs of St. Petersburg to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Florida lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of St. Petersburg in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around St. Petersburg for 2018:

  1. Bradenton (Photos)
  2. Palmetto
  3. Largo (Photos)
  4. Tampa (Photos)
  5. Pinellas Park (Photos)
  6. Sarasota (Photos)
  7. Tarpon Springs (Photos)
  8. Clearwater (Photos)
  9. Gulfport (Photos)
  10. Oldsmar (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around St. Petersburg that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Florida check out the best places in Florida overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around St. Petersburg too.

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around St. Petersburg for 2018

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of St. Petersburg.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 18 suburbs to evaluate around St. Petersburg.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 18 in each category, where 1 was the “worst”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the “Worst Suburb near St. Petersburg.” We’re lookin’ at you, Bradenton.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

1. Bradenton

Bradenton, Florida

Population: 52,985
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%
Median Home Price: $135,900
Median Income: $41,093
More on Bradenton: Data | Jobs

We’ll get the ball rolling with Bradenton, the absolute worst place to live around St. Petersburg according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Bradenton beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the St. Petersburg area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 4th worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Bradenton.

You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

2. Palmetto


Population: 13,138
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Median Home Price: $113,500
Median Income: $42,047
More on Palmetto: Data | Jobs

Welcome to Palmetto. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 16.9 miles to St. Petersburg. Income levels here are the 5th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $42,047 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

3. Largo

Largo, Florida

Population: 80,678
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
Median Home Price: $97,800
Median Income: $39,636
More on Largo: Data | Jobs

Back up the highway we go for the third worst St. Petersburg suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Largo on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other St. Petersburg suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

4. Tampa

Tampa, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 361,477
Unemployment Rate: 9.6%
Median Home Price: $172,100
Median Income: $45,874
More on Tampa: Data | Jobs

If you live in Tampa, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 11th lowest St. Petersburg suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 3rd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near St. Petersburg. Remember, we looked at 18 cities for this study.

Tampa is about 17.5 miles to downtown.

5. Pinellas Park

Pinellas Park, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 50,946
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Median Home Price: $114,500
Median Income: $41,669
More on Pinellas Park: Data | Jobs

Pinellas Park has the distinction of being a St. Petersburg suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Pinellas Park has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro St. Petersburg area, where the median price is $114,500. To put that into perspective, in Longboat Key, the median income is $87,201, which is the best in the area.

Pinellas Park has an unemployment rate of 6.7% which ranks 12th worst.

6. Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida

Population: 54,425
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
Median Home Price: $190,500
Median Income: $43,477
More on Sarasota: Data | Jobs

Sarasota has 54,425 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 19.6%.

7. Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs, Florida

Population: 24,244
Unemployment Rate: 11.3%
Median Home Price: $166,300
Median Income: $45,106
More on Tarpon Springs: Data | Jobs

Ah, Tarpon Springs. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around St. Petersburg.

It’s the place with the 2nd most out of work residents in the St. Petersburg metro area (11.3%).

8. Clearwater

Clearwater, Florida

Population: 111,747
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Median Home Price: $163,500
Median Income: $44,569
More on Clearwater: Data | Jobs

Clearwater is a city about 16.9 miles from St. Petersburg, but St. Petersburg probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Clearwater has the 3rd most uninsured people, 8th worst incomes, and has the 7th highest unemployment rate (7.3%) in the entire St. Petersburg metro area.

Homes only cost $163,500 for a reason. That’s cheap for St. Petersburg standards.

9. Gulfport

Gulfport, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,222
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Median Home Price: $144,300
Median Income: $42,924
More on Gulfport: Data | Jobs

If you absolutely have to live near St. Petersburg, then Gulfport might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst St. Petersburg suburb.

About 6.7% of residents are out of work.

10. Oldsmar

Oldsmar, Florida

Population: 14,023
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $162,900
Median Income: $54,506
More on Oldsmar: Data | Jobs

Rounding out the ten worst St. Petersburg suburbs to call home is Oldsmar.

Located 19.8 miles outside the city, Oldsmars is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 8th highest unemployment rate (7.2%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around St. Petersburg where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding St. Petersburg with Bradenton casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around St. Petersburg aren’t all bad. Longboat Key takes the cake as the best place to live around St. Petersburg.

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Detailed List Of The Worst St. Petersburg Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Bradenton 52,985 8.4% $135,900 $41,093
2 Palmetto 13,138 6.2% $113,500 $42,047
3 Largo 80,678 8.5% $97,800 $39,636
4 Tampa 361,477 9.6% $172,100 $45,874
5 Pinellas Park 50,946 6.7% $114,500 $41,669
6 Sarasota 54,425 8.5% $190,500 $43,477
7 Tarpon Springs 24,244 11.3% $166,300 $45,106
8 Clearwater 111,747 7.3% $163,500 $44,569
9 Gulfport 12,222 6.7% $144,300 $42,924
10 Oldsmar 14,023 7.2% $162,900 $54,506
11 Dunedin 35,882 6.3% $157,200 $45,646
12 South Pasadena 5,040 12.8% $169,900 $33,227
13 Seminole 17,906 5.1% $154,400 $48,364
14 Temple Terrace 25,654 6.1% $174,900 $55,770
15 Safety Harbor 17,268 6.7% $216,500 $61,603
16 St. Pete Beach 9,528 6.9% $351,800 $65,960
17 Treasure Island 6,827 6.8% $347,800 $62,660
18 Longboat Key 7,158 5.3% $660,300 $87,201

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