Area Development
Editor's Note: This article was supplied and paid for by the St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp. and its community partners: the City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County Economic Development, CareerSource Pinellas, Duke Energy, and Enterprise Florida, Inc. The St. Petersburg EDC notes that the area, which is routinely ranked as a top place to live and work, is emerging as a hub for innovation.

Nestled along the crystal clear waters of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Florida, is emerging as a hub for innovation and the heart of Southeastern progress. Millennials are flocking to the Sunshine City for its cool vibe, active lifestyle, budding art scene, culinary excellence, and progressive attitude.
St. Pete routinely ranks as one of the top places to live and work in the U.S. Most recently, the city was named one of the “Best 25 Towns in America” by Outside Magazine and the “Best Place to Live” by Southern Living. Its vibrant downtown, independently owned businesses, murals and museums, and an average temperature of 73.7 degrees make it a tough place to beat.
Dali Museum, St. Pete, FL
Dali Museum, St. Pete, FL
Here are the facts:
The culture has shifted.
In 2017, Travel + Leisure told their readers to “Skip Miami, Try St. Pete” mainly due to its budding arts and culinary scene. Some often compare St. Pete to Miami many years ago, when it was charming, authentic, and gritty.

Home to seven arts districts and counting, each arts district has distinctive character and boasts museums, galleries, studios, and thriving businesses. SHINE Mural Festival brings national and international artists to the city each year to transform public walls into life-size works of art. Monthly outdoor markets with local makers and artisans, showcasing handmade goods, vintage apparel, and furniture, give residents an opportunity to support local businesses. Culinary trendsetters collaborate with museums, and local galleries host underground art shows and pop-up markets. Art is part of the fabric of St. Pete’s community.
University of South Florida, St. Pete, FL
University of South Florida, St. Pete, FL
Bottom-line: St. Pete checks all of the boxes for big-city living, without suffering from congestion that leads residents of large cities to feel disengaged. Much like Austin decades ago, St. Pete has a best-kept-secret feel to it.

Millennials are pleasantly surprised by the opportunities and lifestyle in St. Pete. They’re amazed by the waterfront park system and delighted by the number of things to do on any given day. More than anything else, they’re immediately tuned in to how deeply residents care about the community. That kind of connection only happens organically, in a naturally inclusive environment that makes every voice matter.