Best St. Petersburg Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 24 places around St. Petersburg to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best St. Petersburg suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

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...

What's the best suburb of St. Petersburg? Redington Shores ranks as the best suburb of St. Petersburg for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Redington Shores, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 St. Petersburg 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Florida:

The 10 Best St. Petersburg Suburbs To Live For 2020

Redington Shores, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,262
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $64,840
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
More on Redington Shores: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redington Shores is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the St. Petersburg area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Redington Shores."

Everyone here is rich; families average $64,840 a year, which is the 7th highest in the St. Petersburg region. And only 2.42% are out of work. Homes average more than $419,400 each.

Longboat Key, FL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,233
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $104,825
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Longboat Key: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Longboat Key is the second best 'burb we looked at near St. Petersburg for 2020.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.22% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,223
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $65,729
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 11.4%
More on Indian Rocks Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Indian Rocks Beach, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the St. Petersburg metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Indian Rocks Beach.

St. Pete Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,572
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $75,912
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Poverty Rate: 9.2%
More on St. Pete Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Pete Beach ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Petersburg for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in St. Pete Beach and the schools are some of the best around.

Treasure Island, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,875
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,830
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Treasure Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Treasure Island.

Treasure Island gets kudos for having the 8th most expensive homes in the St. Petersburg area, where houses sell for an average of $380,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,198
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $62,026
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 12.9%
More on Holmes Beach: Real Estate | Data

Holmes Beach is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.18% which is 1st best in the area.

According to online reports, Holmes Beach is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the St. Petersburg area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Safety Harbor, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,663
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $72,750
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Safety Harbor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Safety Harbor.

Safety Harbor schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 17.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Belleair, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,097
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $93,979
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Belleair: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Belleair is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.39% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Madeira Beach, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,284
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $63,346
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.9%
More on Madeira Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Madeira Beach?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Belleair Bluffs, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,273
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $47,083
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 9.6%
More on Belleair Bluffs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Belleair Bluffs.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around St. Petersburg for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around St. Petersburg was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

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 "best.

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

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near St. Petersburg." We're lookin' at you, Redington Shores. You can download the data here.

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

Welcome to the Best St. Petersburg 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like St. Petersburg, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best St. Petersburg Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Redington Shores, FL 2,262 $64,840
2 Longboat Key, FL 7,233 $104,825
3 Indian Rocks Beach, FL 4,223 $65,729
4 St. Pete Beach, FL 9,572 $75,912
5 Treasure Island, FL 6,875 $74,830
6 Holmes Beach, FL 4,198 $62,026
7 Safety Harbor, FL 17,663 $72,750
8 Belleair, FL 4,097 $93,979
9 Madeira Beach, FL 4,284 $63,346
10 Belleair Bluffs, FL 2,273 $47,083
11 Temple Terrace, FL 26,062 $60,908
12 Seminole, FL 18,542 $48,051
13 Dunedin, FL 36,244 $48,452
14 Oldsmar, FL 14,444 $59,015
15 Gulfport, FL 12,280 $48,417
16 South Pasadena, FL 5,071 $35,609
17 Largo, FL 83,243 $42,416
18 Sarasota, FL 56,102 $47,884
19 Tampa, FL 376,345 $50,909
20 Tarpon Springs, FL 24,974 $48,415
21 Clearwater, FL 114,015 $47,070
22 Pinellas Park, FL 52,291 $44,710
23 Bradenton, FL 55,059 $44,137
24 Palmetto, FL 13,490 $43,393

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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