The 10 Worst St. Petersburg Suburbs For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around St. Petersburg.

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 Redington Shores 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..

We examined the 24 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 2021:

  1. Palmetto
  2. Bradenton
  3. Pinellas Park
  4. Clearwater
  5. Tarpon Springs
  6. Tampa
  7. Largo
  8. South Pasadena
  9. Sarasota
  10. Oldsmar

What's the worst suburb of St. Petersburg? Palmetto ranks as the worst suburb of St. Petersburg for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

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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The 10 Worst St. Petersburg Suburbs To Live For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,611
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,301 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (highest)
Median Home Value: $156,700 (3rd lowest)
More on Palmetto:  Data

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

And in the world of worst rankings, Palmetto beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 5th worst in the St. Petersburg area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 3rd 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 Palmetto.

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.

Bradenton, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 56,551
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $46,776 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $169,800 (4th lowest)
More on Bradenton:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 19.2 miles to St. Petersburg. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $46,776 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.

Pinellas Park, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 52,857
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $49,652 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $154,700 (2nd lowest)
More on Pinellas Park:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst St. Petersburg suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Pinellas Park 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.

Clearwater, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 115,159
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,691 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $206,300 (9th lowest)
More on Clearwater:  Data | Photos

If you live in Clearwater, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 6th lowest St. Petersburg suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 4th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near St. Petersburg. Remember, we looked at 24 cities for this study.

Clearwater is about 16.9 miles to downtown.

Tarpon Springs, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 25,176
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $50,012 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $209,400 (10th lowest)
More on Tarpon Springs:  Data | Photos

Tarpon Springs has the distinction of being a St. Petersburg suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Tarpon Springs has the 10th lowest home values in the metro St. Petersburg area, where the median price is $209,400. To put that into perspective, in Redington Shores, the median income is $114,762, which is the best in the area.

Tarpon Springs has an unemployment rate of 6.89% which ranks 5th worst.

Tampa, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 387,916
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,833 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $238,900 (14th lowest)
More on Tampa:  Data | Photos

Tampa has 387,916 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 18.596739110227002%.

Largo, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 84,130
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $44,323 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $124,700 (lowest)
More on Largo:  Data | Photos

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

It's the place with the 12th most out of work residents in the St. Petersburg metro area (5.69%).

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,088
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $33,718 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $175,700 (5th lowest)
More on South Pasadena:  Data

South Pasadena is a city about 5.9 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. South Pasadena has the 13th most uninsured people, worst incomes, and has the 2nd highest unemployment rate (9.11%) in the entire St. Petersburg metro area.

Homes only cost $175,700 for a reason. That's cheap for St. Petersburg standards.

Sarasota, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 56,919
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $53,669 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $268,400 (15th lowest)
More on Sarasota:  Data | Photos

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

About 3.96% of residents are out of work.

Oldsmar, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,657
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $57,283 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $228,400 (12th lowest)
More on Oldsmar:  Data | Photos

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 (6.4%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around St. Petersburg for 2021

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 from 2015-2019, 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 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 24 suburbs to evaluate around St. Petersburg.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 24 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, Palmetto. You can download the data here.

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.

The areas around St. Petersburg where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding St. Petersburg with Palmetto casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around St. Petersburg aren't all bad. Redington Shores takes the cake as the best place to live around St. Petersburg.

  • Redington Shores
  • Longboat Key
  • Holmes Beach

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Detailed List Of The Worst St. Petersburg Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Palmetto 13,611 $48,301 $156,700
2 Bradenton 56,551 $46,776 $169,800
3 Pinellas Park 52,857 $49,652 $154,700
4 Clearwater 115,159 $48,691 $206,300
5 Tarpon Springs 25,176 $50,012 $209,400
6 Tampa 387,916 $53,833 $238,900
7 Largo 84,130 $44,323 $124,700
8 South Pasadena 5,088 $33,718 $175,700
9 Sarasota 56,919 $53,669 $268,400
10 Oldsmar 14,657 $57,283 $228,400
11 Belleair Bluffs 2,329 $47,326 $224,400
12 Temple Terrace 26,539 $63,018 $228,900
13 Dunedin 36,381 $50,356 $198,700
14 Gulfport 12,335 $52,705 $185,600
15 Madeira Beach 4,300 $65,118 $431,800
16 Seminole 18,657 $53,975 $203,800
17 Indian Rocks Beach 4,243 $71,532 $495,800
18 St. Pete Beach 9,587 $76,516 $462,500
19 Treasure Island 6,889 $75,423 $382,200
20 Belleair 4,146 $96,250 $407,100
21 Safety Harbor 17,803 $78,026 $268,800
22 Holmes Beach 4,243 $73,525 $618,400
23 Longboat Key 7,283 $114,762 $740,500
24 Redington Shores 2,176 $78,375 $443,500

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