| The Name
Pinellas is derived from the Spanish
words Punta Pinal meaning point of pines. It was an accurate description for this area when it
was discovered by Panfilo de Narvaez in 1528, 36 years
after Columbus arrived in the Caribbean and 37 years
before the founding of the city of St. Augustine.
of a County
Established January 1,1912 after a local
referendum passed calling for the separation from Hillsborough
County. It became the state's 48th county.
| Most Densely
Populated County in Florida
There are 3,347 people per square mile
in Pinellas County. The next closest county with a highly
concentrated population is Broward with 1,445 people
per square mile.
Miles, 24 Municipalities
Clearwater is the County Seat, St. Petersburg
is the largest city with a population of 244,769, and
Tarpon Springs was the first incorporated city in 1887.
Pinellas is Florida's second smallest county in land
mass, larger only than Union County.
Pinellas County is 38 miles long, and 15 miles at it's
broadest point, for a total of 280 square miles. 588 miles of coastline. It is the 2nd smallest county in the State of Florida.
The Pinellas County Park Department maintains
4,242 acres of the county's most beautiful examples
of pristine Florida landscapes. Sun-drenched beaches,
tranquil lakes, and lush emerald green expanses of native
habitat along with playgrounds, learning centers, and
convenience facilities provide park visitors immeasurable
opportunities for relaxation and recreation! In addition, Pinellas County has 15,525 acres of preserves.
There are 4,521 miles of paved roads
in the county, which cross 142 bridges. The first bridge
to span Tampa Bay was the Gandy Causeway in 1924, and shortened the traveling distance between St. Petersburg and Tampa from 43 to 19 miles. Pinellas
connected with Manatee County when the Sunshine Skyway
bridge opened in 1954.
For swimming, boating and fishing, you
can't beat Pinellas County's 35 miles of powdery white
beaches and nearly 588 miles of coastline. And, with
an average of 361 days of sunny weather each year, you
can enjoy the surf, sun and sand just about whenever
you would like. Three of the top ten beaches in the nation are located in Pinellas County (Fort De Soto Park which has won many awards, Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island State Park)
Pinellas County’s top key business sectors are health services, tourism services, manufacturing and financial services. Over 40,000 businesses call Pinellas County home. Over 390,562 people are currently employed in our county, and our median household income is $45,891.
| 2010 Census
916,542 residents make Pinellas County
the 6th most populous in the state. Females constitute
52.% of the population, with males making up the remaining
48.%. The average age of a citizen in Pinellas is
Additional Pinellas County Facts:
- Pinellas County has 43 golf courses and 1059 tennis courts
- 2865 shuffle board courts
- More than 17,852,361 visitors to Pinellas County Parks in FY06
- 3,638 miles of sidewalks countywide;
- 1,072 miles of sidewalks in unincorporated neighborhoods
- 469 signalized intersections
- 50 miles of recreational trails—Pinellas Trail and Friendship Trail Bridge – largest in eastern US (plus 9 miles of ancillary trail spurs.)
- 1164 commercial vessels registered in Pinellas County; 56,695 boats overall (2005)
- The highest natural point in Pinellas County is 110 Ft. NGVD, and located north and east of the intersection of State Rd. 580 and Countryside Blvd.
- Aviation history is made in Pinellas County as Tony Jannus pilots the world’s first scheduled airline flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa.
- The Young Rainey “STAR” center (Scientific Technology and Research Center) is the first and only Department of Energy plant in the nation to be transitioned from nuclear weapons production to a commercially viable high tech center.
- IN ONE DAY, Commercial fisherman haul in 82,000 pounds of fish (5,345,683/yr), 1,769 pounds of crabs, clams and lobsters (645,694/yr) and 2,128 pounds of shrimp (776,732/yr) (SOURCE: Florida Wildlife Commission)
- 5735 PSTA bus stops,
11.4 million riders annually/39,000 daily
8.6 million miles of transit each – and growing
- 911 received 583,592 calls in 2007
- 121,089 patients transported by EMS/SUNSTAR/YR—172, 391 responses overal