Tampa, FL
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Living in Tampa


Tampa is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 399,700 people and 177 constituent neighborhoods, Tampa is the third largest community in Florida.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Tampa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Tampa is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tampa who work in office and administrative support (11.93%), sales jobs (11.64%), and management occupations (11.07%).

Also of interest is that Tampa has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Tampa is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Tampa. This makes Tampa a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Tampa presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Tampa is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Tampa is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 82.88% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Tampa. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Tampa landscape.

The citizens of Tampa are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 38.59% of adults in Tampa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Tampa in 2018 was $36,169, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $144,676 for a family of four. However, Tampa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Tampa is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Tampa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tampa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Tampa also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 26.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tampa include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Tampa also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.23%.

The most common language spoken in Tampa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.