Pinellas County is a is a peninsula surrounded by the Gulf Of Mexico located in Florida. Its 2010 population was 916,542. Pinellas, together with Hillsborough, Hernando, and Pasco counties form the Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, and along with various combinations of Manatee and Sarasota counties to the south, Citrus County to the north, and Polk County to the east is often referred to as the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
The county has a total area of 607.67 square miles which is divided into 46% land and 53.94% water. It is the second smallest county in Florida. However it is smallest in land area. Due to the small size and high population, Pinellas County is basically built out and very little land for development is left. There are approximately 35 miles of beaches that make up the 11 barrier islands which serve as storm protection for the inland areas.
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Pinellas County School District is the nation’s 24th largest system comprising 143 schools- 72 Elementary, 17 Middles, 17 High Schools plus 35 additional ESE, Adult, Technical and Charter Schools. In addition there are several very notable nationally recognized private schools.
Eckerd College, University of South Florida – St Petersburg, Stetson University College of Law, Schiller International University
Of course the world class beaches are available year round for fun and sun. And believe me they are terrific! Golf Courses dot the landscape and also make a beautiful backdrop for many golf course communities.
This area is home to Honeymoon Island State Park, Caladesi Island St Park and Anclote Key Preserve State Park.
Two of the largest freshwater lakes, Lake Tarpon to the north of the county and Lake Seminole toward the southern mid section are popular for fishing, skiing and kayaking.
Fort De Soto Park and Caladesi Island have had the distinction of being named “America’s Top Beach” by Dr. Beach.
The Tampa Bay Rays play baseball at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg and many baseball teams have spring training in the area. The Philadelphia Phillies train in Clearwater and the Toronto Blue Jays play in Dunedin. Minor league baseball teams the Clearwater Threshers and the Dunedin Blue Jays play in Dunedin.
Pinellas County is serviced by Tampa International Airport as well as the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport.
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