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Pros

-Strengthening economy
-Winter climate
-Attractive downtown areas

Cons

-Hot, humid summers
-Growth and sprawl
-Violent crime


What Bert Has To Say About Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metro Area


This metropolitan area includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, all of which surround Tampa Bay. The area is varied and cosmopolitan with a pleasant climate and balanced local economy. A 1980’s building boom brought downtown Tampa skyscrapers, a major airport renovation, and the development of a cruise-ship terminal. While soft in the early part of the decade, the economy has gained traction recently as the benefits of a business-friendly climate have paid off. Among other new economy pursuits, the area has become a favorite as a secondary location for information processing for the financial industry.

There are plenty of amusement parks, museums, outdoor activities, and major-league professional sports, including baseball (Devil Rays), football (Buccaneers), and hockey (Lightning). Nearby beaches and especially those to the south near Bradenton are attractions for locals and tourists alike. Transportation and air service are excellent. Beachside areas in Clearwater and St. Petersburg are tastefully developed, with palm-tree lined boulevards and pockets of interesting restaurants and shops. These areas tend to be more geared to retirees, especially coastal Clearwater. More family-oriented suburbs and extensive commercial areas like Brandon and Valrico are located east of Tampa.

The cost of living is reasonable, but housing has followed the Florida boom and median home prices have increased markedly. Downsides include the stubbornly high violent crime rate, and typical growth-related issues of traffic and poor air quality.

The flat, coastal plain has coastal grasses, palm trees, and white sand, and much of it has an elevation of less than 15 feet. Most of the city area and coast is built up, with coastal plain forests of pine and laurel mixed with orchards and other agricultural uses inland. The Pinellas Peninsula, separating Tampa Bay from the Gulf, is an area of broad, sandy beaches and palm trees. Clearwater and St. Petersburg are located here. Summers are long, warm, and humid. Afternoon highs reach 90 degrees, with moderating afternoon sea breezes and frequent thunderstorms, and warm evenings in the 70’s. Lightning is abundant; in fact, “Tampa” is a misspelling of a Native American term for “sticks of fire” (lightning). Winters are mild with temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, and lows rarely below 50.


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Quick Facts About Palm Harbor


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Palm Harbor is 5.70 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Palm Harbor jobs have Increased by 3.13 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Palm Harbor's cost of living is 1.60% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Palm Harbor's population is 60,041 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 1.14 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 26 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Palm Harbor is $167,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 11.90 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Palm Harbor public schools spend $10,276 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17.1 students per teacher in Palm Harbor.

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Comments


re: help me - 12/21/2012
Not sure if you're still looking since this your's an old posting but I wouldn't advise Florida to anyone.. Jobs scarce, apartments pricey & Florida is not as... (read more)
help me
lost job 6 months a go - i grew up in yonkers ny and moved upstate 23 years ago just sold house and nervous about where to move - went to north carolina wife and i to... (read more)
Relocating
I had a villa there 6 yrs ago i loved it it was 1 level easy to maintain.,The area i thought was very nice lots of resturants close to clerwater beach,st pete,airport... (read more)
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