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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 Wesley Chapel


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Wesley Chapel is 6.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Wesley Chapel jobs have Increased by 3.13 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Wesley Chapel's cost of living is 3.70% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Wesley Chapel's population is 43,559 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 180.36 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 33 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Wesley Chapel is $156,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 11.10 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Wesley Chapel public schools spend $9,736 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.2 students per teacher in Wesley Chapel.

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Pros and Cons of Wesley Chapel
Wesley Chapel is a diverse community. Neighborhoods such as Meadow Pointe, Northwood, The Lakes and Seven Oaks are on the southern end and are filled with transplants... (read more)
re: Population Estimate, 2013 - 10/28/2014
Hi David, You're absolutely correct about the population of Wesley Chapel, Florida. We've been frustrated in our efforts to get the latest population figures for... (read more)
Population Estimate, 2013
Your 2013 estimate of 43,559 is way low. Wesley Chapel grew from under 6,000 people in the 2000 U.S. Census to 44,092 in the 2010 census -- an astounding 670% growth... (read more)
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