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Pinellas County Economic Development
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Cindy Margiotta
Pinellas County Economic Development
13805 58th St. N. Clearwater, FL 33760
Phone: (727) 464-7332
Pinellas County Overview
Welcome to Pinellas 
Attracted by the mild, sub-tropical climate and miles of white sand beaches, 921,000 people have made Pinellas County their home. With an average 360 days of sunshine each year and beaches ranked among the best in the U.S., the county is also the most popular tourist destination on the Gulf of Mexico, drawing 13 million tourists annually, including more than 5 million overnight visitors.
Pinellas' diverse communities  range in population from more than 248,000 in St. Petersburg to less than 60 in Belleair Shore, and nearly all capitalize on living in a waterfront paradise.   As an established county, the significant infrastructure - including schools, utilities and roadways - is already in place. Pinellas is also well connected with regional access provided via Interstate-275, two international airports, and the largest port in Florida

Quality of Life
Pinellas offers an extraordinary quality of life, a relatively low cost of living, diverse housing options and high-quality colleges and universities. With its outstanding cultural, recreational and sports facilities, incomparable parks and beaches, and year round events, Pinellas provides a true resort lifestyle.

135 marina & dock facilities
588 miles of coastline
35 miles of white sand beaches
On Land 
52 golf courses
623 tennis courts
Pinellas Trail, 34-miles for walking & biking
250 parks
2,000 events annually
15 performing arts facilities
20 theater companies
17 museums, including
     the Salvador Dali Museum
Home of the Florida Orchestra
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL)
Spring Training & Minor League Teams

Economy at a Glance
Pinellas lies at the center of the robust Tampa Bay market, which is expected to grow from its current population of 4 million to 6 million by 2030. The market’s significant economic clout is also evidenced by more than $70 billion in consumer spending and a labor force 2 million strong. The region is ranked number 20 in the U.S. for job growth and carries the country’s 13th largest media market.
Data Center: For the latest economic indicators and data including cost of living, real estate vacancy rates, employment and unemployment, visitor information, go to our Data Center.
Demographics: For more detailed population, household, and income statistics as well as county and city profiles, go to Demographics.
Pinellas County Fast Facts
Avg. Household Income:
Annual Overnight Visitors:
Median Income Visitors:
Retail Sales:
5.3 million
$31.3 billion
$26.4. billion
Pinellas County’s
Top Private Employers:
• Home Shopping Network
Times Publishing Corporation
Raymond James
Nielsen Media Research
Morton Plant Hospital
Jabil Circuit
All Children’s Health Systems
Bayfront Medical Center
Progress Energy Florida
Tech Data Corporation

Primary Education
The Pinellas education system offers innovative programs throughout the public schools, a wide variety of private schools, and an extensive college and vocational training system.  Pinellas County Public Schools is the seventh largest district in the state with 150 schools including magnets, career academies, an adult education center and its own virtual school program.  Its 115,000 plus students can choose from schools with program focus ranging from Fundamental to International Baccalaureate to Advanced Manufacturing or the Fine Arts and more.  Students can obtain industry certifications and even an Associates Degree  In addition, the county is home to more than 120 private schools, providing families even more choice.
Higher Education
Anchoring Florida's High Tech Corridor, Pinellas County and Tampa Bay are home to the University of South Florida.  With 48,000 students it is one of the largest universities in the nation and a growing powerhouse for research, rating in the top 50 for federal research expenditures.  St. Petersburg College was Florida's first community college to offer bachelor's degrees.  SPC works closely with the business community and continually updates industry-focused programs.  For instance, its Associate Degree in Engineering Technology was the first in Florida and serves as a national model.   Eckerd College is a small, private college of liberal arts and sciences with 1,850 students and 39 majors.  The Stetson University College of Law has more than 850 students and is ranked #1 in trial advocacy and #2 in legal writing by U.S. News & World Report.
Learn more facts from our Education Profile in our Data Center.


Pinellas County Economic Development
13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200 Clearwater, Florida 33760
Phone 888-759-5627 Fax 727-464-7053