Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

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Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

About Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

Tampa, FL metropolitan area: Tampa is one of the most populous cities in Florida with an estimated population size of over 377000 people according to 2020 US Census data. This vibrant city offers plenty to do including visiting sites like Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or touring Ybor City's historic district to explore its unique shops and restaurants. Additionally, there are numerous attractions perfect for any type of traveler such as Adventure Island Water Park which features rides and slides suitable for all ages or Lowry Park Zoo where guests can interact with exotic animals from around the world. Tampa also boasts a great nightlife scene with multiple pubs, clubs and theaters for those looking for an exciting evening out. Large-city complex - Central Florida Gulf Coast at Tampa Bay.

Location Details

State: Florida
County: Hillsborough, Pinellas, 4 total
Metro Area: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metro Area
City: Tampa, St. Petersburg, 123 total
Zip Codes: 33647, 33511, 33614, 33578, 33612, 33617, 33615, 34668, 33610, 34609, 134 total
Cost of Living:
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 57 ft above sea level
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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.

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Cost of Living

Strengthening economy, winter climate, and attractive downtown areas make Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater a great place to live.

+6.7% higher than avg
-12.9% lower than avg
$1,133 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-1.3% lower than avg
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Crime
32 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
   Strengthening economy
Hot, humid summers
   Winter climate
Growth and sprawl
   Attractive downtown areas
Violent crime
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