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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.


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Quick Facts About Tampa


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Tampa is 6.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Tampa jobs have Increased by 3.13 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Tampa's cost of living is 9.60% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Tampa's population is 339,391 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 11.88 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Tampa is $123,000. Home appreciation the last year has been 11.20 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Tampa 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 Tampa.

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I was born in and grew up in Fort Lauderdale and it was great, 1990s and all and the times were different, when teachers actually wore button up dresses and before... (read more)
re: Making a little better - 1/17/2016
I lived in Tampa for three years and I used to feel the same way but its only because so didn't appreciate the quaintness of it, if that makes sense, making Tampa more... (read more)
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