The 10 Best St. Petersburg Suburbs To Live For 2021

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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best St. Petersburg suburbs.

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 2021 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.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Florida:

The 10 Best St. Petersburg Suburbs To Live For 2021

Redington Shores, FL

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Population: 2,176
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,375
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
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 $78,375 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the St. Petersburg region. And only 1.61% are out of work. Homes average more than $443,500 each.

Longboat Key, FL

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Population: 7,283
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $114,762
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Longboat Key: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Longboat Key is the second best 'burb we looked at near St. Petersburg for 2021.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 1.3% of residents lack insurance, good for best.

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Population: 4,243
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $73,525
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.4%
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Here in Holmes 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 Holmes Beach.

Safety Harbor, FL

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Population: 17,803
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $78,026
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Safety Harbor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Safety Harbor ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Petersburg for 2021.

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

Belleair, FL

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Population: 4,146
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $96,250
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Belleair: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Belleair.

Belleair gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the St. Petersburg area, where houses sell for an average of $407,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Treasure Island, FL

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Population: 6,889
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $75,423
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
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Treasure Island 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 5.84% which is 14th best in the area.

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

St. Pete Beach, FL

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Population: 9,587
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $76,516
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to St. Pete Beach.

St. Pete Beach 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 6.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

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Population: 4,243
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Median Income: $71,532
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 11.9%
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Indian Rocks Beach 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 11.18% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Seminole, FL

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Population: 18,657
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $53,975
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
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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.

Madeira Beach, FL

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Population: 4,300
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $65,118
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Madeira Beach.

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 2021

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 2015-2019 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 2021

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 2,176 $78,375
2 Longboat Key, FL 7,283 $114,762
3 Holmes Beach, FL 4,243 $73,525
4 Safety Harbor, FL 17,803 $78,026
5 Belleair, FL 4,146 $96,250
6 Treasure Island, FL 6,889 $75,423
7 St. Pete Beach, FL 9,587 $76,516
8 Indian Rocks Beach, FL 4,243 $71,532
9 Seminole, FL 18,657 $53,975
10 Madeira Beach, FL 4,300 $65,118
11 Gulfport, FL 12,335 $52,705
12 Dunedin, FL 36,381 $50,356
13 Temple Terrace, FL 26,539 $63,018
14 Belleair Bluffs, FL 2,329 $47,326
15 Oldsmar, FL 14,657 $57,283
16 Sarasota, FL 56,919 $53,669
17 South Pasadena, FL 5,088 $33,718
18 Largo, FL 84,130 $44,323
19 Tampa, FL 387,916 $53,833
20 Clearwater, FL 115,159 $48,691
21 Tarpon Springs, FL 25,176 $50,012
22 Pinellas Park, FL 52,857 $49,652
23 Bradenton, FL 56,551 $46,776
24 Palmetto, FL 13,611 $48,301

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About Chris Kolmar

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