Pinellas County seceded from Hillsborough County in 1911, and was named for the Spanish Punta Piñal ("Point of Pines" or "Piney Point"). The Pinellas Peninsula, dividing Tampa Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, and a small part of the mainland were incorporated into the county.
| Pinellas County|
Population by year
As of the census of 2000, there were 921,482 people, 414,968 households, and 243,171 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,271/km² (3,292/sq mi), making it the most densely populated county in Florida. There were 481,573 housing units at an average density of 1,720 per square mile (664/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.85% White, 8.96% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.06% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. 4.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 414,968 households out of which 22.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.80% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.40% were non-families. 34.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.77.
In the county the population was spread out with 19.30% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 22.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 91.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,111, and the median income for a family was $46,925. Males had a median income of $32,264 versus $26,281 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,497. About 6.70% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.
Roughly 280,000 people reside in unincorporated Pinellas County, which represents the 36 percent of the County not located within one of the 24 municipalities. The unincorporated areas include communities from the Pasco County line to Tierra Verde. As an unincorporated resident, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners serves as your local government. A portion of the County budget (Municipal Services Taxing Unit) is paid by residents of the unincorporated area and is devoted to providing municipal services to the unincorporated area that are over and above the services provided to the county as a whole.
Pursuant to 218.64(1) Florida Statute, the county will receive approximately $16,000,000 from the Local Government Half-Cent Sales Tax Program on behalf of Pinellas County’s unincorporated area population for Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08). This is sales tax dollars that the state returns to the unincorporated area via their default local government the Pinellas County BOCC. The county is intending to only allocate $3,000,000 of it to the FY08 Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU) Budget (a $2,000,000 reduction from FY07). The accumulated effect of having such a huge portion of one of the major revenue sources diverted from the MSTU Budget is having a detrimental impact on basic public safety and quality of life in the unincorporated area.
|Ad Valorem Taxes||40,750,020||43,535,660||37,597,320||34,016,890||31,472,640||29,486,350|
|Local Gov't 1/2¢ Sales Tax||3,000,000||5,000,000||4,900,000||4,750,000||4,970,080||8,291,900|
|Communications Services Tax||12,838,480||13,200,500||12,384,960||10,971,770||10,432,890||5,914,820|
|Interest and Miscellaneous||701,200||491,820||249,800||235,420||272,000||314,980|
|Tree Removal Permits||413,860||409,830||385,530||390,170||299,250||199,500|
|Franchise Fee - PEG||332,500||350,000||352,740||371,300||397,740||401,850|
|Tax Collector Excess Fees||252,650||189,820||82,150||201,590||138,510||84,780|
|Sheriff Excess Fees||237,500||215,800||0||0||283,320||0|
|Franchise Fee - I-Net||123,950||125,000||125,980||132,610||142,050||143,520|
|Delinquent Taxes & Tax Redemptions||118,240||104,800||97,050||97,050||71,570||93,230|
|Mobile Home Licenses||117,040||131,570||205,690||205,690||0||218,500|
|Sheriff Civil Income||84,000||114,380||92,630||88,850||113,490||108,810|
|Reimbursement of Impact Fee Admin.||60,000||63,150||60,940||66,630||79,760||83,950|
|Property Appraiser Excess Fees||3,810||4,940||4,910||4,990||5,120||4,260|
|Subtotal - Revenues||64,355,450||69,098,410||61,236,690||55,668,320||53,873,050||51,590,000|
|Beginning Fund Balance||18,346,670||18,397,000||15,695,020||16,011,040||8,988,910||4,882,850|
|EXPENDITURES & RESERVES||FY08||FY07||FY06||FY05||FY04||FY03|
|Full Cost Allocation||5,706,650||5,785,990||4,760,130||3,869,960||4,194,260||3,788,920|
|Public Works Permitted Facilities (Stormwater)||3,424,810||3,801,590||3,712,430||3,639,130||3,743,380||3,897,260|
|Development Review Services||2,951,890||2,983,590||2,696,560||2,578,120||2,417,760||2,364,200|
|Prior Years' Recreation Grants outstanding||2,760,000||0||0||0||0||0|
|MSTU Road Paving / Sidewalks / ADA||2,250,000||3,000,000||1,500,000||1,200,000||0||0|
|Environmental Management (incl Lot Clearing)||2,156,210||2,666,650||2,319,330||2,135,420||2,218,960||1,453,190|
|Tax Collector Fees||848,180||890,220||781,030||694,120||617,900||493,340|
|County Connection Centers||764,780||768,320||719,770||557,500||0||0|
|Property Appraiser Fees||425,020||449,290||423,620||396,240||387,110||300,280|
|East Lake Library Operating Grant||316,500||316,500||200,000||200,000||200,000||200,000|
|Economic Incentive Grants||63,800||63,800||0||0||0||0|
|MSTU New Service Initiatives||0||350,000||3,000,000||3,366,810||7,323,320||4,133,340|
|Other Transfers to Capital Projects Fund||0||750,000||0||0||0||0|
|Fire Hydrant Systems||0||500,000||0||0||0||0|
|Communications: Public Access||0||351,100||258,400||324,400||223,760||216,740|
|Subtotal - Expenditures||65,808,850||70,113,340||63,403,620||60,458,120||58,046,410||52,286,720|
|Reserve for Contingencies||2,481,064||2,685,720||2,048,150||2,007,020||1,320,100||1,581,240|
|Reserve - Fund Balance||14,412,206||14,696,350||11,479,940||9,214,220||3,495,450||2,604,890|
|TOTAL EXPENDITURES & RESERVES||82,702,120||87,495,410||76,931,710||71,679,360||62,861,960||'''56,472,850|
The former Seaboard Air Line branch from the western coastal portion of the county was abandoned in the latter portion of the 20th century and converted to a popular recreational trail called the Pinellas Trail.