The Tampa Bay region became U.S. territory in 1845. Development of the area began during that time and continued to grow with the railroad extension in 1884 and the mining and shipping industries boom in the 1880s and 1890s. During the Spanish-American War in 1898, the area was used as the primary place for U.S. troops to prepare and leave for Cuba. In 1914, the airline industry had a major milestone as the first ever commercial flight landed in Tampa from St. Petersburg, FL.
Tampa lies along Florida’s west coast, bordered by Hillsborough Bay and Old Tampa Bay, and is roughly 25 miles east of the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa is one of America’s stormiest cities, with a summer thunderstorm season lasting from June to September. The annual average temperature is 73.1° F, and the annual average precipitation is about 45 inches.
Tampa is located in Hillsborough County, and is part of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART). HART offers public transportation to residents and visitors, with bus services, vanpools, trolleys, park-and-ride services, and others. Their buses and vans are also wheelchair accessible, and bike-friendly.
The cost of living in Tampa is less than the national average. Use the links below to see how your budget will be affected after moving to Tampa.
Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) serve over 200,000 students at their 267 schools. These schools range from typical elementary, middle and high schools, to charter schools and career centers.
Real estate prices in Tampa are above the national average. Use the links below to find a home or rental that will fit your budget.
Tampa has accommodations ranging in styles from historic bed & breakfasts to hotels on the waterfront. Use the links below to find the best place to stay for your visit to Tampa, Florida.
Many dining options await you in Tampa, whether you are downtown or out and about. You are sure to find fresh seafood due to the close proximity to the ocean, as well as many varieties of Latino cuisine.
The obvious things to do in Tampa are head to the beach or tour the bay. But, the city is also home to theme parks and attractions like Busch Gardens, Dinosaur World, and LEGOLAND® Florida. Art enthusiasts enjoy multiple cultural venues, such as the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and the Tampa Museum of Art. For shopping be sure to visit Hyde Park Village, International Plaza, or any of the area's farmers markets for those one of a kind originals.