Tampa, FL


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Tampa, FL

About Tampa, FL

Tampa, Florida is a vibrant and dynamic city with plenty of attractions to explore. Home to the renowned Busch Gardens theme park, visitors can enjoy thrilling rides and shows as well as exotic wildlife such as cheetahs, hippopotamuses, and elephants. History buffs can explore the Tampa Bay History Center, while art lovers can visit galleries such as the Museum of Fine Arts. With its bustling atmosphere, great cultural attractions and countless outdoor experiences to choose from, Tampa promises to provide any visitor with an unforgettable experience. Large-city complex - Central Florida Gulf Coast at Tampa Bay.

Zip Codes: 33647, 33612, 33610, 33604, 33611, 33629, 33607, 33603, 33606, 33609, 15 total
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 57 ft above sea level

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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Tampa Cost of Living
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Strengthening economy, winter climate, and attractive downtown areas make Tampa a great place to live.

$381,000
+11.3% higher than avg
$59,893
-15.2% lower than avg
$1,253 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+8.4% higher than avg
Tampa Crime
33.4 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Tampa, Florida
$73,080
for a family
$59,200
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Tampa
   Strengthening economy
Hot, humid summers
   Winter climate
Growth and sprawl
   Attractive downtown areas
Violent crime
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I've lived in small towns before and now for the past 25 years in this large metropolis. It's a very nice city. Lots of jobs, shopping restaurants, churches, Busch  More

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This is my favorite city that I have ever lived in. I am reading all of these terrible reviews for Tampa, but then when I read what people are writing, they are actually  More

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I lived here all my life and I can ONLY think of other places I would rather be. I’ve traveled the country for many things and even traveled internationally for  More

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