Tampa is located on the West Coast of Central Florida on the shores of Tampa Bay. Home to more than 358,000 residents, Tampa is Florida’s second-largest city and the county seat of Hillsborough County.
Tampa is a major commercial and industrial center for the Florida West Coast. The city is served by Tampa International Airport, Amtrak, and the Port of Tampa, one of North America’s busiest seaports. Tampa’s economy is driven by more than 38,000 businesses based primarily in tourism, finance, healthcare, and technology and powered by a skilled and well-educated work force, of which more than 33% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Tampa is served by the Hillsborough County School District, one of the largest in the nation, and a number of top-ranked colleges and universities that include the University of Tampa, University of South Florida, Hillsborough Community College, and Southern Technical College. The city is home to more than 170 city parks and over 60 miles of trails and greenways. Top recreational attractions include Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay Downs, Lowry Park Zoo, and the Museum of Science and Industry (the Southeast’s largest science museum).
Downtown Tampa features a host of world-class cultural, recreational, and entertainment attractions. Notable venues include the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Glazer Children's Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Bay History Center, and the Florida Aquarium, all easily accessible via the Tampa Riverwalk that runs through the heart of downtown alongside the Hillsborough River.
SoHo, Hyde Park, Channelside, and Ybor City are premier destinations for Tampa nightlife, while shoppers can enjoy first-class shopping at top-rated establishments such as Westshore Plaza, Hyde Park Village, and International Plaza and Bay Street, a world-class shopping mall and open-air village featuring over 200 retailers and a host of restaurants, bars, and lounges in a sophisticated urban setting.
Conveniently accessible via I-75, I-275, and I-4, with transportation service by Tampa International Airport, Amtrak, and HART Regional Transit, Tampa is a great place to live or visit in Central Florida!