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By AMY WIMMER

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2001


BELLEAIR BEACH

Population decreased 15 percent in the 1990s, from 2,070 to 1,751.

96.7 of residents are white -- the smallest percentage of white people among the 10 municipalities on the barrier islands.

There were six Asians in 1990; now there are 24.

BELLEAIR SHORE

Due to a change in how census numbers are reported, the figures for Belleair Shore are not available.

GULFPORT

More than doubled its African-American population, from 391 in 1990 to 884 in 2000.

Hispanics, who overtook blacks as the state's largest minority group, make up 3.5 percent of the population in Gulfport. Blacks make up 7.1 percent.

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH

The population grew 28 percent in the 1990s, a bulletlike pace compared with the countywide growth rate of 8 percent.

Twenty more Asians, Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders were reported than in 1990. Because so few minorities live on the beaches, the number represents a more than 158 percent increase.

INDIAN SHORES

Gained 300 people during the 1990s, bringing its total population to 1,705.

98.4 percent white, with four African-Americans living there.

MADEIRA BEACH

Population increased 7 percent, from 4,225 in 1990 to 4,511 in 2000.

Hispanics are the largest minority group: 107 residents in 2000, compared with 105 in 1990.

12 African-Americans, compared with 10 in 1990.

NORTH REDINGTON BEACH

With 1,474 residents, remains smallest of the three Redingtons though its population increased by 30 percent and Redington Beach's fell by 5 percent.

African-American population increased from one to four; Asian population increased from three to 17; and its Hispanic population increased from 13 to 45.

REDINGTON BEACH

Overall population decreased from 1,626 to 1,529 -- a 5 percent decline.

Five more children under age 18 lived in Redington Beach in 2000 than in 1990.

African-American population increased from one in 1990 to seven in 2000.

REDINGTON SHORES

Only beach municipality to report no African-Americans living there in 1990 had five in 2000.

Overall population decreased by 5 percent. The number of children younger than 18, in a departure from what many other parts of the beach experienced, declined by 22 percent.

Largest of the three Redingtons with 2,238 people.

ST. PETE BEACH

97.6 percent white. Hispanics are the largest minority group, with 249 people making up 2.5 percent of the population. Sixty-six African-Americans live in St. Pete Beach.

Matched county's growth rate: 8 percent. Went from 9,200 to 9,929 residents.

18-and-under population grew by 38 percent, which matches the Pasco County rate, the highest in Tampa Bay.

SOUTH PASADENA

Two minority groups lost numbers in South Pasadena. Fifteen African-Americans lived there in 1990; 12 in 2000. Five American Indians lived there in 2000; two in 2000.

In 1990, the median age in South Pasadena was 71. Though median age data has not yet been released, the retiree-prominent city could be looking at a paradigm shift: The under-18 population grew by 48 percent in the 1990s, making children 2.9 percent of the population.

TIERRA VERDE

African-Americans make up 1.8 percent of Tierra Verde's 3,574 people recorded in the 2000 census. That's 64 African-Americans, and a higher percentage than any of the barrier islands' municipalities.

Tierra Verde is larger than these six barrier island beach towns: Belleair Beach, 1,751; Belleair Shore, which had 60 in 1990; Indian Shores, 1,705; North Redington Beach, 1,474; Redington Beach, 1,539; and Redington Shores, 2,238.

Hispanics are the largest minority group at 122, or 3.4 percent of the population.

TREASURE ISLAND

Population increased 3 percent, only slightly faster than the population of Monroe County, Florida's slowest-growing county.

The number of children under 18 in Treasure Island jumped from 571 to 667.

With 7,450 residents, retains its spot as the second-largest beach city. St. Pete Beach is the largest.

-- Compiled by Times staff writer Amy Wimmer and Times researcher Connie Humburg.


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