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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 4.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Tampa jobs have Increased by 1.62 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Tampa's cost of living is 5.90% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Tampa's population is 369,075 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 31.81 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 23 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Tampa is $159,100. Home appreciation the last year has been -6.33 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Tampa public schools spend $9,310 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.3 students per teacher in Tampa.

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