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DEMOGRAPHICS

Fireworks in Tampa

  • The Tampa Bay region is home to 3 million people – among the Top 20 MSAs in the nation
  • Tampa Bay is the 12th largest media market
  • Hillsborough County: 1,048 square miles of land, 24 square miles of inland water
  • Three incorporated cities: Tampa (370,000 population), Temple Terrace, & Plant City
    • Tampa is Florida’s 3rd-largest city
    • 13% of Tampa Bay’s population has Cuban ancestry
  • Major unincorporated areas: Brandon, Ruskin, Apollo Beach

Tampa International Airport  

Tampa International Airport food court Ulele

  • #1 Large Airport in North America for Traveler Satisfaction - JD Power
  • 24 airlines
  • International: British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Edelweiss Air, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Air Transat (seasonal), Norwegian, Swoop, Delta (seasonal) from Amsterdam.
  • Domestic: Alaska Airlines, America Airlines, American Eagle (seasonal), Delta, Frontier, Jet Blue, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, Southern Airways Express, Spirit Airlines, Swift Air, Sun Country United Airlines, WestJet, United Airlines.
  • 15.4 million passengers in 2021
  • 421 daily flights to 90 non-stop destinations and 57 weekly departures to ten international cities, allowing easy connections to every major city in the world.
  • 66 shops and restaurants
  • 4 Airside terminals, each with their own security screening, shops, restaurants, and children’s play area
  • Major expansion completed in 2018 added 50,000 sf of retail, restaurants and a new rental car facility with SkyConnect train system.

 

Climate

kayaking on Hillsborough River

  • Summer – Avg temp: 83 degrees Fahrenheit (28 C) ∙ highs 91F (33C) /lows 75F (24C)
  • Winter – Avg temp: 62 degrees Fahrenheit (16C) ∙ highs 72F (22C)/lows 52F (11C)
  • Year-round average rainfall totals 53 inches (134 cm)

 

Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay Norwegian Dawn ship docked in Sparkman Wharf

  • Largest port in the southeast
  • Serves as a pleasure & industrial port (phosphate is main export; refined fuel major import)
  • Three cruise lines: Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line & Royal Caribbean. Carnival and Royal Caribbean operate year-round and cruise regularly to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Florida Keys.

Transportation

TECO Streetcar in Ybor by Jose Marti Park

  • TECO Historic Streetcar (right) runs between downtown and Ybor City district
  • Pirate Water Taxi operates on the Hillsborough River & Tampa Bay
  • Downtowner, a system of free electric shuttles, offers a transportation alternative in downtown 
  • Uber and Lyft provide ride-sharing services

 

Sports

Raymond James Stadium (Bucs)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl LV Champions – Professional (American) Football
  • Tampa Bay Lightning, 2020 & 2021 Stanley Cup Champions – Professional Hockey
  • Tampa Bay Rays, 2020 East USL Champions – Professional Baseball
  • Tampa Bay Rowdies, 2020 League Championship Finalists – Professional Soccer
  • New York Yankees– Professional Baseball Spring Training
  • Tampa Tarpons – Class A Minor League Baseball
  • University of South Florida Bulls – College Athletics
  • Home of WrestleMania 2021

 

Business and Economy

Downtown Tampa Skyline at sunset

  • Regional hub for banking and finance as well as a national center for medical research
  • Home to about a fourth of all Florida-based private companies
  • State’s largest in-market labor force, with more than 2 million workers, and an unemployment rate of
    • 3.6 percent for the four-county Tampa Bay MSA (March 2018)
  • Biggest industries: services, retail, government, finance/insurance/real estate, healthcare and manufacturing
  • MacDill Air Force Base is region’s second-largest employer.
  • Tampa’s median home list price is up 8.2% and has gained 47,000 residents since March 2020

 

MacDill Air Force Base

SOFIC air show helicopter demonstrating in downtown Tampa

  • Home to the 6th Air Mobility Wing 
  • More than 15,000 military personnel 
  • Hosts & provides direct support to U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command & 39 other tenant units
  • $4.9 billion annual economic impact to the region

 

Visitor Economic Impact

Tampa Convention Center active convention goers in lobby

  • In 2018, 23.6 million people visited Tampa/Hillsborough County
  • Visitors’ expenditures totaled $6.6 billion
  • Tourism is the second-fastest growing local job sector
  • Tourism supports more than 53,000 local jobs and $2.4 billion in wages
  • Canada, England and Germany are the top international markets for Tampa Bay

 

Education

The University of Tampa

  • Hillsborough County, 8th largest school district in the nation and the region’s largest employer
  • University of South Florida (USF) is the second largest public university system in Florida & the 18th largest in the U.S. USF has one of the largest MBA programs in the Southeast
  • University of Tampa is a private, liberal arts college popular with students from the Northeast U.S.

 

Major Attractions & Venues

Iron Gwazi Busch Gardens

  • Adventure Island
  • Amalie Arena
  • Armature Works
  • Big Cat Rescue
  • Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
  • Canoe Escape
  • Columbia Restaurant
  • Straz Center for the Performing Arts
  • Dinosaur World
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
  • Glazer Children's Museum
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • Henry B. Plant Museum
  • MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa Convention Center
  • Tampa Bay History Center
  • Tampa Museum of Art
  • Tampa Riverwalk
  • Tampa Theatre
  • Ybor City (Entertainment District)
  • Ybor City State Museum
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park

 

Major Events & Festivals

The Gasparilla Music Festival stage glowing orange from stage lights.

January

  • Outback Bowl 
  • Black Heritage Festival 
  • Gasparilla Children’s Parade & Piratechnic Extravaganza 
  • Gasparilla Pirate Fest 

February

  • Florida State Fair 
  • Fiesta Day 
  • Sant’Yago Illuminated Night Parade 
  • Gasparilla Distance Classic 
  • Florida Strawberry Festival 
  • New York Yankees Spring Training
  • Bay Area Renaissance Festival
  • Black Heritage Festival

March

  • Gasparilla Festival of Arts 
  • Gasparilla Music Festival
  • Tampa Bay Beer Week 
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Gasparilla International Film Festival 
  • Apollo Beach Manatee & Arts Festival 
  • National Cuban Sandwich Festival
  • Tampa Pride 

April

  • Bern’s Winefest 
  • RiverFest
  • Asia Fest
  • Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races

 

May

  • Brews With Attitude
  • Cuban Cultural Fest
  • FamilyFest

June

  • Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Summer Nights
  • Adventure Island Island Nights

July

  • Freedom Fest
  • Tampa Bay Comic Con 

August / September

  • Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival
  • Tampa Bay Boat Show
  • Tampa Bay MegaCon

October

  • NSRA Southeast Street Rod Nationals 
  • Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival 
  • Brews by the Bay
  • Oktoberfest Tampa
  • Tampa Pig Jig
  • Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa
  • Ybor City March of the Pumpkin King
  • Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay 

November  

  • Ruskin Seafood & Arts Festival 

December

  • Snow on 7th Holiday Parade
  • Victorian Christmas Stroll 

 

 

 

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