Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Orlando overtakes St. Petersburg as fourth most populated city

ST. PETERSBURG — We're No. 5?

St. Petersburg is no longer the state's fourth largest city after it was edged out by Orlando in the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census.

The Sunshine City had 249,688 residents in 2013. Orlando had 255,483.

Given how often Mayor Rick Kriseman utters the words "fourth largest city," it was with some trepidation that a reporter sought reaction to the news.

"We assume they are counting the people stuck in traffic on I-4," said Kevin King, Kriseman's chief of staff.

According to census data, Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa are still the top three cities in the state, in that order. The data also showed that while Orlando and other cities have grown in the past decade, St. Petersburg's population has remained relatively flat.

Should we be concerned?

For now, local officials are playing it cool.

Chris Steinocher, who heads the local business chamber, said he may have to get some marketing materials reprinted, but the slip shouldn't affect current efforts to boost St. Petersburg's profile.

"We're now the fifth biggest. Is that a big thing or a little thing?" Steinocher said. "I don't know. It's just a thing."

Kameel Stanley can be reached at kstanley@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8643. Follow on Twitter @cornandpotatoes.

.Fast facts

Most populated

Top 10 cities in Florida, by population

Jacksonville: 842,583

Miami: 417,650

Tampa: 352,957

Orlando: 255,483

St. Petersburg: 249,688

Hialeah: 233,394

Tallahassee: 186,411

Fort Lauderdale: 172,389

Port St. Lucie: 171,016

Cape Coral: 165,831

Source: U.S. Census

Orlando overtakes St. Petersburg as fourth most populated city 06/03/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.
  2. Trump fallout: Bucs' DeSean Jackson to make 'statement' Sunday

    Bucs

    Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson said Saturday that he will make a "statement" before today's game against the Vikings in response to President Donald Trump's comment that owners should "fire" players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
  3. Kriseman invites Steph Curry to St. Pete on Twitter

    Blogs

    Mayor Rick Kriseman is no stranger to tweaking President Donald Trump on social media.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman took to Twitter Saturday evening to wade into President Donald Trump's latest social media scuffle
  4. Death toll, humanitarian crisis grow in Puerto Rico

    World

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A humanitarian crisis grew Saturday in Puerto Rico as towns were left without fresh water, fuel, power or phone service following Hurricane Maria's devastating passage across the island.

    Crew members assess electrical lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Friday in Puerto Rico. Mobile communications systems are being flown in but “it’s going to take a while.”
  5. N. Korea says strike against U.S. mainland is 'inevitable'

    World

    North Korea's foreign minister warned Saturday that a strike against the U.S. mainland is "inevitable" because President Donald Trump mocked leader Kim Jong Un with the belittling nickname "little rocketman."