The City of Tampa is the largest city in Hillsborough County, and is the third most populous city in Florida. It is located on the west coast of Florida, and is a part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the "Tampa Bay Area." The population of the city represents approximately one-third of the total population of Hillsborough County. Tampa's economy is founded on a diverse base that includes tourism, agriculture, construction, finance, health care, government, technology, and the port of Tampa. The city is divided into many neighborhoods, many of which are towns and communities that were annexed by the growing city. Generally, the city's real estate is divided into the following areas: Downtown Tampa, New Tampa, West Tampa, East Tampa, North Tampa, and South Tampa. In 2008, Tampa was ranked as the 8th cleanest city in America by Yahoo! Real Estate, and 5th best outdoor city by Forbes.
The city of Tampa operates over 165 parks and beaches, a number of attractions and theme parks, including Busch Gardens Africa, Adventure Island, Lowry Park Zoo, and the Florida Aquarium. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features over 2,000 animals, interactive exhibits, rides, educational shows and more. Busch Gardens Africa is a theme park located near the University of South Florida. It features many thrilling roller coasters, for which it is known for, and hosts a number of African wildlife. Adventure Island is a water park just adjacent to Busch Gardens. It features many water rides, dining, and other attractions. The Florida Aquarium is an aquarium located in the Channel Side District of Tampa, where the Port of Tampa is located. Channel Side is host to an incredible night life that features clubs, restaurant, bowling, and a dueling piano bar.
Tampa is also home to Raymond James Stadium where the Outback Bowl is hosted and the home team favorites Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and USF Bulls are watched. Other events hosted in the area include the Gasparilla Pirate Parade, usually referred to simply as Gasparilla. The Florida State Fair in mid-February, also brings in an attendance of around 400,000, and in October Guavaween, an open street Halloween celebration with Latin flavor taking place in the historic Ybor City. To learn more about Tampa homes for sale or available homes for rent, contact us today.
Given the size of Tampa Florida there are a combined total of well over 400 public and private schools, run by the Hillsborough County education system. Tampa's premier colleges are the University of Tampa (UT) and the University of South Florida (USF). Find more information about Tampa Florida Schools.
Tampa Florida is located on the west coast of Florida, approximately 200 miles northwest of Miami, 180 miles southwest of Jacksonville, 20 miles east of Clearwater, and 20 miles northeast of St. Petersburg. Major highways that run through Tampa Florida include: Interstate 75, Interstate 275, I-4, Veteran's Expressway, and the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway. Tampa can also be easily accessed by neighboring cities Hudson, Oldsmar, Spring Hill, Palm Harbor, and Tarpon Springs.