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 392,890 people and 177 constituent neighborhoods, Tampa is the third largest community in Florida.

Tampa is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.89% 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 (13.78%), sales jobs (12.26%), and management occupations (11.32%).

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.

One of the nice things about Tampa 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.

One important feature of Tampa is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 83.18% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Tampa anyway. So, if you like to drive, Tampa is the city for you! The landscape around Tampa reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The education level of Tampa citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.18% of adults in Tampa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Tampa in 2010 was $32,869, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $131,476 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 25.13% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tampa include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Tampa's cultural character, accounting for 16.19% of the city’s population.

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