Friday, September 21, 2018
News Roundup

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 [email protected] or (727) 893-8643. Follow on Twitter @cornandpotatoes.

 
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