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-Strengthening economy
-Winter climate
-Attractive downtown areas


-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.


Quick Facts About Riverview

    The unemployment rate in Riverview is 5.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Riverview jobs have Increased by 3.13 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Riverview's cost of living is 5.40% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Riverview's population is 70,052 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 126.63 percent.
    Average Commute time is 31 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Riverview is $145,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 12.70 percent.
    Riverview public schools spend $10,136 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 20.7 students per teacher in Riverview.

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Alot of newer communities there
Originally from Upstate NY, we moved to Riverview which I enjoyed being in newer developments. Convenient to everything, Siesta Key, Disney, Clearwater, Macdill AF.... (read more)
re: Florida is awful as a whole, but Tampa is even
like everything else you must know where to go. Bad drivers? I would suggest you stop drinking then all the others cars wouldn't be cutting you off or flying past you.... (read more)
I am a native to florida. We moved to Riverview in 1982 from Ocala. It has had alot of growth since Interstate 75 was finished in early 90's. This encouraged alot of... (read more)
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