North Pinellas, Florida
Pinellas County is a county located in the state of Florida.
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.
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.
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.
As of the 2010 census, the population was 916,542. Its county seat is Clearwater, and its largest city is St. Petersburg.
- 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, 208 buses, 16 trolleys, 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