Tampa Demographics & Statistics
Tampa is a great place to live. With great weather year-round and plenty of recreational activities, there is something for everyone. There is also a booming economy in Tampa, with plentiful jobs and a strong real estate market.
Whether you are a Tampa newbie or a long-time resident, you may be curious about what really makes Tampa unique. To help you on that quest, we have compiled a list of statistics about Tampa. Our list will give you an inside peek into what Tampa is all about, from demographics to fun facts.
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Tampa Demographics: Who Lives in Tampa?
When talking about Tampa statistics, one of the first things that comes to mind is demographics. The United States Census Bureau collects data about cities and towns nationwide. Its QuickFacts website provides insight into who exactly lives in our great city.
Tampa Size & Population Density
Tampa is densely populated, with 3,376.4 people per square mile. The city itself is composed of just over 114 square miles.
Tampa Population Trends
Tampa is home to nearly 400,000 people. In 2022, the estimated population of Tampa was 398,173 people. That represents an increase of 3.5% from 384,661 people in 2020. If you’re looking to sell a house - or to become a property investor - in Tampa, this population increase is great news.
Tampa Age Breakdown
Tampa is a relatively young city. Just 12.8% of its residents are aged 65 or over. It has a lot of kids, with 21.4% of its population under the age of 18 and 6.2% under the age of 5. This represents a lot of hope for the future, as Tampa will likely continue to grow.
Tampa Gender Breakdown
The population of Tampa splits pretty evenly between genders, with just over 50% of people identifying as female.
Tampa Race Breakdown
Tampa is also racially diverse. There are a wide range of races and ethnicities represented within the city limits:
- White: 58.8% (44.4% of people identify as white and not Hispanic or Latino)
- Hispanic or Latino: 26.2%
- Black: 22.4%
- Two or more races: 10.1%
- Asian: 4.6%
- American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2%
- Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.1%
Perhaps unsurprisingly to anyone who lives in Tampa, the city has a big immigrant population. From 2017 to 2021, 18.1% of Tampa residents were born outside the United States. 28.2% of households in Tampa speak a language other than English at home. 13% of Tampa residents have Cuban ancestry.
Tampa Household Income
The median income in Tampa is $59,893, below the national median of $74,580. 17.2% of all Tampa residents live below the poverty line.
Tampa Business Breakdown
There are 12,425 employers in Tampa. Of those, 7,072 are owned by men, 2,418 are owned by women, and 2,599 are owned by minorities. Veterans own 750 of these firms. Tampa has Florida’s largest in-market labor force, with more than 2 million workers.
Tampa Veteran Breakdown
Although Tampa is home to MacDill Air Force Base, there isn’t a huge population of veterans here. Out of almost 400,000 residents, just 19,644 are military vets.
Tampa Disability Breakdown
Finally, 8.1% of Tampa’s under-65 population has a disability. 12.6% of all Tampanians do not have health insurance.
Tampa Housing Statistics
Tampa Rental Statistics
In Tampa, owners occupy 50% of all residential properties. That means the other 50% of the properties in the city are likely rented. The median gross rent in Tampa between 2017 and 2021 was $1,249 per month.
Tampa Home Value & Mortgage Statistics
Mortgages in Tampa had a higher median rate, at $1,706 for the same period. Without a mortgage, homeowners in Tampa were spending $494 per month in housing costs. The median value of owner-occupied homes in Tampa is $277,700.
Tampa Household Trend Statistics
There are 153,163 households in Tampa, with an average of 2.41 people living in each home. Most people have relatively stable living arrangements, as 78.7% of Tampa residents live in the same house for more than a year.
Tampa Technology Access Statistics
Tampa is fortunate to have excellent internet access. 95.1% of all homes in Tampa have a computer, while 89.7% of all households have a broadband internet subscription.
Tampa Education Statistics
88.4% of adults in Tampa have at least a high school degree, while 41.8% of people have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The Hillsborough County public school system encompasses 303 schools, including 151 preschools, 203 elementary schools, 120 middle schools, and 70 high schools.
Tampa Commute Statistics
While Tampa is a reasonably large city, the commute times aren’t terrible. The mean travel time from home to work (and back home again) is 24.7 minutes in the city. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority operates 34 bus routes with 2,279 bus stops.
Fun Facts & Stats about Tampa
Data from the census is interesting - but it is often dry. If you live - or want to live - in Tampa, you know there is so much more to the city!
For example, the Tampa area consists of three incorporated cities: Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City, along with major unincorporated areas like Brandon, Ruskin, and Apollo Beach. Tampa is Florida’s third-largest city.
Tampa has a lot going for it as a city. Tampa International Airport (TIA) is #1 in the United States based on traveler satisfaction, and it is home to 24 airlines. 15.4 million people traveled through the Tampa International Airport in 2021, with 421 daily flights to 90 non-stop destinations. If you aren’t traveling by air, you may enjoy a cruise from Port Tampa Bay - the largest port in the Southeast that serves both pleasure and industrial boats.
Tampa has the 12th largest media market in the United States. It has great sporting options, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the Tampa Tarpons. It is also the home of the New York Yankees’ spring training.
The weather in Tampa is fantastic. The average summer temps in Tampa are 83 degrees, with a high of 91 and a low of 75. In the winter, the average temperature is 62 degrees, with a low of 52 and a high of 72. These temperatures make it possible to enjoy the outdoors year-round!
Tampa is an educational hub. Hillsborough County is the 8th largest school district in the nation and the largest employer in the area. It is also home to the University of South Florida - the second-largest public university in Florida - and the University of Tampa.
Given the many attractions found in and around Tampa, it isn’t surprising that it’s a major tourism hub. In 2018 alone, 23.6 million people visited the region, spending $6.6 billion. Tourism supports more than 53,000 local jobs in Tampa and accounts for $2.4 billion in wages.
Here are some more fun facts about Tampa:
- Tampa was built on the cigar industry, with more than 700 million cigars produced each year at its peak.
- The first commercial flight landed in Tampa, taking off from St. Petersburg in 1914.
- The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City is Florida’s oldest restaurant, opening in 1905.
- Tampa’s number one export is phosphate, commonly used for fertilizer production.
- Tampa is a Florida hotspot for craft beer, with its first commercial brewery opening in 1897 in Ybor City.
- The “twist” dance craze started in Tampa in the 1950s.
- Tampa hosts the world’s largest pirate invasion each January at the start of Gasparilla season.
- Tampa’s temperature has never exceeded 99 degrees.
- The Cuban sandwich - made of Cuban bread, mojo pork, ham, salami, pickles, Swiss cheese, and mustard - originated in Tampa in the 1890s.
- Tampa is the lightning capital of the world.
- Tampa’s 4.5-mile-long Bayshore Boulevard is the world’s longest continuous sidewalk.
Work with a Tampa Realtor
If you want to make Tampa your home - or if you already live here and are looking for an upgrade - then a call to a Tampa real estate agent should be your next call. We don’t just work in Hillsborough County - we live and love the Tampa Bay region. Our experience and passion for West Central Florida will serve you well as you embark on your real estate journey.
Eaton Realty helps people buy, sell, and rent homes throughout the Eastern Tampa area. We also work with landlords to help them find investment properties and manage them for maximum profit. We pride ourselves on being responsive to our clients’ needs and in using technology to make the process as seamless as possible.
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