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Tampa, Florida

Tampa Florida
Administration
Full nameTampa
Official nameTampa
Settlement typeCity
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyHillsborough
Settled1823
Incorporated (Village)January 18, 1849
Incorporated (Town)September 10, 1853 and
August 11, 1873
Incorporated (City)December 15, 1855 * and
July 15, 1887
Government
TypeMayor-Council
MayorBob Buckhorn
City attorneyJim Shimberg
LegislativeCity Council
Geography
Total Area170.6 sq mi (441.9 km2)
Land Area112.1 sq mi (290.3 km2)
Water Area58.5 sq mi (151.5 km2)
Urban Area802.3 sq mi (2078 km2)
Metro Area2554 sq mi (6614.9 km2)
Elevation48 ft (14.6 m)
Demography
Total Population335709 (55th in the US) (2010)
Density (pop.)1146.3/km2 (2969.6/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)2.7 million (19th)
Metro (pop.)4 million
Other information
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Codes33601-33626, 33629-33631, 33633-33635, 33637, 33647, 33650-33651, 33655, 33660-33664, 33672-33675, 33677, 33679-33682, 33684-33690, 33694, 33697
Area code813
FIPS code12-71000 
GNIS feature ID0292005 

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Tampa (c-eniconˈtæmpə) is a major city in the U.S. state of Florida. It serves as the county seat for Hillsborough County. Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida. The population of Tampa in 2010 was 335,709.

The current location of Tampa was once inhabited by various indigenous cultures, most recently the Tocobaga. It was spotted by Spanish explorers in the early 16th century, but there were no permanent American or European settlements in the area until 1824, when the US Army established a frontier outpost called Fort Brooke at the site of today's Tampa Convention Center. The village of Tampa began as a small group of pioneers who settled near the fort for protection from the Seminole population in the area.

Today, Tampa is a part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area. For U.S. Census purposes, Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida MSA. The four-county area is composed of roughly 2.7 million residents, making it the second largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the state, and the fourth largest in the Southeastern United States, behind Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. The Greater Tampa Bay area has just over 4 million residents and generally includes the Tampa and Sarasota metro areas. The Tampa Bay Partnership and U.S. Census data showed an average annual growth of 2.47 percent, or a gain of approximately 97,000 residents per year. Between 2000 and 2006, the Greater Tampa Bay Market experienced a combined growth rate of 14.8 percent, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million people mark on April 1, 2007.

Tampa has a number of sports teams, such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League and the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League (2010). The Tampa Bay Rays in Major League Baseball, are actually based in neighboring St. Petersburg, Florida.

In 2008, Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes. A 2004 survey by the NYU newspaper Washington Square News ranked Tampa as a top city for "twenty-somethings." Tampa is now ranked as a "Gamma" world city by Loughborough University. According to Loughborough, Tampa ranks alongside other world cities such as Phoenix, Santo Domingo, and Osaka. In recent years Tampa has seen a notable upsurge in high-market demand from consumers, signaling more wealth concentrated in the area. Tampa has been tapped to host the 2012 Republican National Convention.


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