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 384,959 people and 190 constituent neighborhoods, Tampa is the third largest community in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Tampa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Tampa is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Tampa who work in office and administrative support (11.91%), management occupations (11.52%), and sales jobs (11.18%).
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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.68% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Tampa is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Tampa. This makes Tampa a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Tampa presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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: 81.88% 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 education level of Tampa citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.89% of adults in Tampa have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Tampa in 2018 was $37,834, which is upper middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $151,336 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 26.16% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Tampa include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Tampa's cultural character, accounting for 17.83% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Tampa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.