Clearwater, FL

Clearwater profile

Living in Clearwater

Clearwater is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Florida. With a population of 116,946 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, Clearwater is the 16th largest community in Florida.

Unlike some cities, Clearwater isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Clearwater are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Clearwater is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clearwater who work in office and administrative support (13.37%), sales jobs (12.31%), and management occupations (9.92%).

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

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.58% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One of the nice things about Clearwater is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Clearwater is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Clearwater area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The overall education level of Clearwater citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.39% of adults in Clearwater have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Clearwater in 2018 was $31,949, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $127,796 for a family of four. However, Clearwater contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Clearwater is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Clearwater home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Clearwater residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Clearwater also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.46% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Clearwater include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Clearwater's cultural character, accounting for 16.58% of the city’s population.

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