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 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.

Tampa is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Tampa is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

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.

Of the large cities in America, Tampa is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 83.18% of people in Tampa drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Tampa, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

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: 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.

Tampa also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.19%.

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