Tampa Florida

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Tampa is located in west central Florida, on Tampa Bay. It is the third largest city in the state, after Jacksonville and St. Petersburg, and is one of the larger cities along Florida’s “Suncoast” (the stretch of coast between Clearwater and Sarasota).

Tampa is technically on the peninsula formed by Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay, but most people consider it to be an island because of the many bridges (constructed for ease of travel) connecting it with other such landmasses.

Tampa is about 150 miles northeast of Miami, Florida, 190 miles south-southwest of St Augustine and 100 miles northwest of Fort Myers, Florida.

The population of Tampa increased by 22,839 residents between the 2000 Census and the 2002 City-County Consolidated Planning Act (CCPA) Report, an increase of approximately 5 percent. We expect the population in this report to be approximately 15 percent higher than in the 2000 Census, an increase of over 29,000 residents.

The city occupies 86 square miles in east central Florida between the bay and the Hillsborough River to the west. The average elevation is 35 feet.

The total area includes 62 square miles in the mainland, 43 square miles of Tampa Bay, and another 30 islands.

The city’s population was 375,430 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 456,137 in 2009. The current estimate (January 2010) is 475,476.

Tampa’s major industries are phosphate mining, shipping, citrus production, shrimping and tourism.

Tampa’s climate is humid subtropical, with hot, humid summers and short mild winters. The city receives an average of 56 inches of rain a year spread throughout the year, but with a dry season in the winter.

The average high in January is 60 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low is 43. The highest temperature ever recorded was 99 degrees Fahrenheit in June of 2022. The lowest temperature on record was 26 degrees Fahrenheit in January of 2022.