#1 The Name Pinellas
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.
#2 Birth 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.
#3 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.
#4 280 Square 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.
#5 Visit a Park
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.
#6 Getting Around
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.
#7 Hit the Beach
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).
#8 Business Sense
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.
#9 2010 Census Population
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 43.
#10 Aviation history was made in Pinellas County
Aviation history is made in Pinellas County as Tony Jannus pilots the world’s first scheduled airline flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa.
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