St. Petersburg's Health 1900-1901


A Healthy City

Twenty-One Deaths In One Year

 St. Petersburg Shows A Smaller Rate Of Mortality Than Any City In The State Of Florida

The city of St. Petersburg has long had the reputation of being one of the healthiest places in Florida. This reputation is well earned and the statistics will prove it. We will go further and assert that no city in the state has a better climate, less sickness and a smaller rate of mortality.

 Some people have taken the trouble to spread the report that typhoid fever is killing off people in St. Petersburg in large numbers. To disprove these malicious statements we called the other day at H. P. Bussey’s undertaking office to get the statistics. Mr. Bussey has since July 1, 1900 to July 1, 1901 had charge of all funerals in the city, and the law demands of him to keep a record of all deaths and their causes. Mr. Bussey suggested that we publish the whole record for the last twelve months ending July I, 1901.


We find the following:

Total number of deaths from July I, 1900 to July I, 1901…21

Under 5 years of age………….5

Over 5 years of age………….16

 Cause of death:

Apoplexy…………………………….2

LaGrippe…………………………….1

Consumption……………………..4

Bright’s Disease………………….2

Exhaustion and Teething…..5

Typhoid Fever…………….…2

Bilious Fever…………………1

Heart Failure………………..2

Hemorrhage…………………1

Gastrites………………………1

Four of these were tourists.

 This is an excellent showing. St. Petersburg has a population of about 2,000. In the touris season the population is nearly twice that, and many of the tourists come here for their health, so it is to be expected that the death rate would be high. But in spite of this it is lower in St. Petersburg than any other city in Florida. 

Source: St. Petersburg Times: 8-8-1901

Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers



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