With an average of some 361 days of sunshine each year, and a Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine, it is nicknamed “The Sunshine City”. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the average water temperature is typically around 76 °F. Due to its good weather and low cost of living, the city has long been a popular retirement destination, although in recent years the population has moved in a much more youthful direction.
American Style magazine ranked St. Petersburg its top mid-size city in 2011, citing its “vibrant” arts scene. The arts in St. Petersburg led the city to be named “One of the Best Street Art Cities in the World.” St. Petersburg was also listed upon one of the top three places to visit in Florida. CNN ranked the city as the seventh best place to retire, with 15 percent of the population over 65 years-old. In 2020, St. Petersburg was awarded a spot on of the top cities to visit in Conde Nast’s 33rd annual Conde Nast Traveler 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards. The city was recognized for being a “perfect” getaway because of its iconic beaches and historic destinations. St. Petersburg most recently joined 290 other cities as an “International City of Peace”. This honor was granted by the International Cities of Peace and marks the second city in Florida to be given the title.
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