Tampa Area Information Overview
Tampa is a part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area. For US Census purposes, Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The four-county area is composed of roughly 2.9 million residents, making it the second largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in Florida, and the fourth largest MSA in the southeastern United States, behind Miami, Washington, D.C.and Atlanta.The Greater Tampa Bay area has more than 4 million residents and generally includes the Tampa and Sarasota metro areas.
The Tampa Bay Partnership and US Census data showed an average annual growth of 2.47 percent, or a gain of approximately 97,000 residents per year. Between 2000 and 2006, the greater Tampa Bay market experienced a combined growth rate of 14.8 percent, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million people mark on April 1, 2007. A 2012 estimate shows the Tampa Bay area population to have 4,310,524 people and a 2017 projection of 4,536,854 people.
Tampa has a number of sports teams, such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, and the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. The Tampa Bay Rays in Major League Baseball and the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League play their home games in neighboring St. Petersburg, Florida.
In 2008, Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city in America by Forbes. A 2004 survey by the NYU newspaper Washington Square News ranked Tampa as a top city for “twenty-somethings.” Tampa also ranks as the fifth most popular American city, based on where people want to live, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study. Tampa is now ranked as a “Gamma+” world city by Loughborough University. According to Loughborough, Tampa ranks alongside other world cities such as Phoenix, Indianapolis, Rotterdam, and Santo Domingo. In recent years Tampa has seen a notable upsurge in high-market demand from consumers, signaling more wealth concentrated in the area. Tampa hosted the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Tampa Area Economy
Service, retail, finance, insurance, shipping by air and sea, national defense, professional sports, tourism, and real estate all play a vital role in the Tampa area economy. Hillsborough County alone has an estimated 740,000 employees, a figure which is projected to increase to 922,000 by 2015. Many corporations, such as large banks and telecommunications companies, maintain regional offices in Tampa.
Several Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in the metropolitan area, including OSI Restaurant Partners, WellCare, TECO Energy, and Raymond James Financial.
MacDill Air Force Base also remains a major employer as the parent installation for over 15,000 active uniformed military, Department of Defense (DoD) civil service and DoD contractor personnel in the Tampa Bay area. A significant majority of the civil service and contractor personnel are, in fact, themselves retired career military personnel. In addition to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, which is “host wing” for the base, MacDill is also home to Headquarters, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the 927th Air Refueling Wing, Headquarters, United States Marine Forces Central Command (USMARCENT), Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command Central (USSOCCENT), and numerous other military activities of the active and reserve components of the armed forces.
Downtown Tampa is undergoing significant development and redevelopment in line with a general national trend toward urban residential development. The Tampa Downtown Partnership notes development proceeding on 20 residential, hotel, and mixed-use projects as of April 2007. Many of the new downtown developments are nearing completion in the midst of a housing market slump, which has caused numerous projects to be delayed or rethought, and some of the 20 projects TDP lists have not broken ground and are being refinanced. Nonetheless, the developments that are nearing completion should lead the way towards making downtown Tampa into a 24-hour neighborhood instead of 9 to 5 business district.
Tampa residents face another year of declining rental rates, which is expected to equate to a decrease of 2% next year. Nationally rent has decreased 4%. The Tampa Business Journal found Tampa to be the number two city for real estate investment in 2014.
Tampa’s port is now the seventh largest port in the nation and Florida’s largest tonnage port, handling nearly half of all seaborne commerce that passes through the state. Tampa currently ranks second in the state behind Miami in terms of cruise ship travel. Besides smaller regional cruise ships such as Yacht Starship and SunCruz Casino, Tampa also serves as a port of call for three cruise lines: Holland America’s MS Veendam, Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, and Carnival’s Legend and Inspiration, with Norwegian Cruise Lines making their debut in Tampa in February 2014. The main server farm for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects is located in Tampa.
Tampa Area Attractions
The American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum Ship is a unique and innovative maritime attraction aboard the World War II era merchant ship SS American Victory. Located near downtown Tampa and adjacent to the Florida Aquarium, the memorial creates a world-class museum depicting life aboard Victory and other classes of merchant ships during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
Busch Gardens is a 335 acre African theme, family entertainment park. Adventure Island (next to Busch Gardens) features 36 acres of water recreation areas.
The Tampa Convention Center is the city’s major “meeting” place… the facility is recognized for the staff’s helpfulness and efficiency; the design and quality of exhibit space, conference and break-out rooms; its downtown water-front location; and outstanding food services.
The world-class David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) includes four theaters, a rehearsal hall, a banquet hall and in-house catering.
The Florida Aquarium is a three-story, glass domed aquarium featuring exhibits related to Florida’s ecosystem and aquatic habitats.
Henry B. Plant Museum
The Henry B. Plant Museum displays furnishings and gilded art original to the former Tampa Bay Hotel; exhibits trace the history of the hotel and the Tampa area.
The Lowry Park Zoo is home to more than 350 exotic animal species from around the world.
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is a science and technology center containing more than 200,000 square feet of exhibits and hands-on displays.
The Tampa Bay History Center displays artifacts, memorabilia, maps, military uniforms and photographs depicting life in the Tampa Bay region from past to present.
Tampa Theater is open year-round and features an acclaimed Film Series of cinema from around the world.
Tampa Area Demographics
|Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010||10.60%||23.10%||17.60%|
|Population density||2,960.2/sq mi||1,204.9/sq mi||350.6/sq mi|
|White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic)||62.90%||71.30%||75.00%|
|(Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian)||46.30%||53.70%||57.90%|
|Black or African-American||26.20%||16.70%||16.00%|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||23.10%||24.90%||22.50%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.40%||0.40%||0.40%|
|Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian||0.10%||0.10%||0.10%|
|Two or more races (Multiracial)||3.20%||3.10%||2.50%|
|Some Other Race||3.80%||5.00%||3.60%|