Learn More About Tampa:
Tampa is a major metropolitan city in Hillsborough County, located on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Tampa has a city proper population of just under 370,000 however, when factoring in the entire metropolitan region, that number jumps to more than 2.8 million. Tampa is world renowned for its sunny weather, beautiful sandy beaches, friendly people, and rich sense of community.
The city has a typical humid subtropical climate which can bring frequent thunderstorms during the hot summer weather. The average temperature ranges from the low 70s in the cooler months to the high 80s and 90s during the warmer months.
One of the signature Tampa public amenities is their impressive waterfront Riverwalk which was first opened in the mid-1970s. The Riverwalk provides a scenic trail for walkers, joggers or cyclists with a continuous pathway that runs along the east side of the Hillsborough River. Along the way you’ll pass our galleries, retail shopping outlets, restaurants, and other urban amenities.
Like many other Florida cities of its size, Tampa offers an impressive collection of beautiful outdoor and water adjacent parks for its citizens’ enjoyment. Tampa maintains more than 3,500 acres of Parkland in more than 170 parks and over 60 miles of multipurpose trails. If you are into hiking, cycling, rollerblading, or any other outdoor aerobic activity, there’s no shortage of places for you to enjoy yourself in Tampa.
Part of the cultural make up that makes Tampa unique is neighbourhoods like Ybor City, Tampa’s historic Latin Quarter. There are two faces to this distinct neighbourhood, by day it’s a popular destination for shopping, lunching, outdoor coffee dates, as well as cigar shopping. The neighbourhood is the site of the two oldest cigar manufacturing places which has earned the city the reputation of being the cigar capital of the world. At night, the area transforms into one of Tampa’s hottest nightclub spots. The seventh Avenue nightclubs open and that’s when the music plays in the dancing and fun commences.
Tampa has a rich and vibrant arts and culture scene that has something for all tastes and preferences. You can find amazing performances add venue such as the David A Straz Junior Centre for the Performing Arts, Tampa Theater, or even the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Schools in Tampa are administered through the Hillsborough County Public School Division which is the eighth largest school district in the US. The district run 208 schools of which 133 are elementary 42 middle schools 27 high schools as well as 73 schools that are either a charter or other alternative type school.
Amongst the top rated schools in the city of Tampa are Roosevelt Elementary School, Gorrie Elementary School, and Childs Elementary School. All of the schools rated a 10 according to greatschools.org
While the common perception is that Florida is a destination for retirees only. Tampa serves an example that there can be thriving, progressive, great cities for people of all ages. In fact, In 2004, the Washington Square News rated Tampa as a Top City For 20 Somethings. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Tampa as the fifth Best Outdoor City.