Tampa, FL
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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 385,430 people and 177 constituent neighborhoods, Tampa is the third largest community in Florida.

Tampa is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.05% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Tampa is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tampa who work in office and administrative support (13.94%), sales jobs (12.45%), and management occupations (11.16%).

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.

One thing noticeable about Tampa, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Tampa is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Tampa a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Tampa is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

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 0.83% 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 population of Tampa is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.53% of adults in Tampa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Tampa in 2010 was $31,605, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $126,420 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 24.28% 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: 15.59%.

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