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Overview

Introduction to Largo, Florida

The city of Largo is located in Pinellas County on Florida's Gulf Coast. Part of the Tampa Bay area, the city is situated about 4 miles south of Clearwater, 17 miles northwest of St. Petersburg, and 23 miles west of Tampa.

Named after what was once one of the area's largest lakes (or according to some accounts, after Largo Scotland, original home of some of the area's early settlers), Largo's rich farmlands quickly gained it a reputation as a center of the citrus industry. Well before the turn of the 20th century, Largo citrus was being shipped by the barrel full to enthusiastic customers in the North, earning it the name "Citrus City." Incorporated in 1905, Largo generally prospered throughout the century despite weathering some tough times due to unexpected freezes which dealt intermittent blows to the city's agricultural industry. Large influxes of population during the latter part of the 20th century helped make Largo what it is today.

Largo Area Attractions

The Largo Central Railroad (LCRR) is an organization founded in 1991 and dedicated to the hobby of live steam and large-scale model railroading. The organization regularly holds public runs and currently has over a mile of track running through beautifully landscaped Largo Central Park. Pinellas Trail was conceived as a safe place to enjoy bicycle riding, strolling or jogging. The first five-mile section opened connecting Taylor Park in Largo to Seminole Park in Seminole opened in 1990. The dream is now a full reality, with a 34-mile long Pinellas Trail offering county residents and visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways. Culture and the performing arts are alive in Largo at the Largo Cultural Center. The Center, overlooking beautiful Largo Central Park, is one of the area's principal cultural and entertainment facilities, hosting scores of local, national and international headliners each year. The Florida Botanical Gardens at Largo's Pinewood Cultural Park offers a unique blend of Florida native plants and beautiful exotic tropicals. Largo's Gulf Coast Museum of Art includes nine permanent collections and changing exhibition galleries featuring regional artwork and fine crafts.

There are several attractions in neighboring communities as well. Some of the more popular are:

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Dedicated to public education, research and the rescue and rehabilitation of sick or injured animals.
  • The Florida Aquarium (Tampa): Features a large shark collection, rare Australian sea dragons, native alligators, a giant Pacific octopus and more.
  • Lowry Park Zoo (Tampa): A family-friendly zoo featuring natural outdoor exhibits for more than 1,800 animals.
  • Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg): Houses the only comprehensive art collection encompassing antiquity to the present on Florida's west coast.
  • Florida International Museum (St. Petersburg): Has provided educational, cultural and historical exhibitions to over 2.5 million visitors since its opening in 1995.
  • Mahaffey Theatre (St. Petersburg): A 2030-seat venue featuring spectacular waterfront views, elegant ballroom space and European box-style seating.
  • Florida Orchestra: Recognized as Tampa Bay's leading performing arts institution and one of the leading professional symphony orchestras in Florida.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
  • St. Petersburg Pier.
  • Salvador Dali Museum (St. Petersburg).
  • Florida Holocaust Museum (St. Petersburg).
  • Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa).

There's plenty of first-rate sports action available in the area. The city of Tampa is home to the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also to the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning. Nearby St. Petersburg is the home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who play at Tropicana Field. Minor league baseball teams in the area include the Clearwater Threshers, a single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Tampa Yankees, the single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Nearby Spring Training sites for Major League Baseball (MLB) teams include Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater (Philadelphia Phillies) and Legends Field in Tampa (New York Yankees).

People

Total Population 79,737
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 24.3%
Employed Population 16+ 35,148
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 41.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.1%
Median Earnings25+ $29,236
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,951
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,163

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,015
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 40.6%
Median Gross Rent $903
Median House Value $92,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.3%
Irish 13.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Largo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 20 miles W of Tampa, Florida
County Pinellas
Metro Area Tampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater
Standard Zip Codes 33770, 33771, 33772, 33773, 33774, 33776, 33777, 33778
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33775, 33779
Phone Area Codes 727
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.909
Longitude -82.787

Largo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ST PETERSBURG
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 54 to 69 F
Apr Temp 65 to 80 F
Jul Temp 77 to 90 F
Oct Temp 70 to 83 F
Annual Precip 49.5 inches
Station TAMPA INTL AP
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 70 F
Apr Temp 62 to 81 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 68 to 84 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches
Station PARRISH
Distance 33.6 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 72 F
Apr Temp 59 to 81 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 52 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belleair 3,941 $90,972
Belleair Beach 1,685 $115,664
Belleair Bluffs 2,236 $56,534
Clearwater 110,381 $59,547
Indian Rocks Beach 4,172 $102,446
Seminole 17,637 $67,206

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Largo Hospitals

LARGO MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
201 14TH ST SW
(727) 588-5200
Emergency Service: Yes

SUN COAST HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2025 INDIAN ROCKS RD
(727) 586-7100
Emergency Service: No

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Largo High Schools

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PINELLAS PARK HIGH SCHOOL
6305 118TH AVENUE N
727-538-7410
Serves 2,310 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

LARGO HIGH SCHOOL
410 MISSOURI AVENUE
727-588-3758
Serves 2,248 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

DROPOUT PREVENTION
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 479 students.

PINELLAS JUVENILE DET CENTER
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 152 students.

FLORIDA YOUTH ACADEMY - HIGH RISK
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 92 students.

PINELLAS MARINE INSTITUTE
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 63 students.

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 53 students.

PINELLAS BOOT CAMP
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 36 students.

BRITT HALFWAY HOUSE
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 28 students.

FLORIDA YOUTH ACADEMY - LOW RISK
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 18 students.

LEAF RECOVERY
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 17 students.

FLORIDA YOUTH ACADEMY-MODERATE RISK
301 4TH STREET SW
727-588-6069
Serves 17 students.

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