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 377,165 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.

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 a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Tampa really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Tampa citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Tampa ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Tampa a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The citizens of Tampa are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 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 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.