Located just 10 miles east of Florida's Tampa Bay, Brandon is a suburban community of twenty-nine square miles and more than 100,000 residents. Brandon neighbors the communities of Tampa to the west, Valrico to the east, Riverview to the south, and Seffner to the north. While considered a bedroom community for residents who commute to Tampa, Brandon attracts young, well-to-do professionals and their families. Due to Brandon's rapid growth during the past half century, the community remains unincorporated and therefore has not established a city government. Brandon's community services are administered by Hillsborough County. The Brandon business community is predominantly composed of small businesses that provide services and amenities, and while there is no official town center, the Westfield Brandon shopping mall is considered the community's commercial hub.
In 1857, John Brandon brought his family to Fort Brooke in the new state of Florida and acquired more than 200 acres of land for his homestead. Brandon donated land for the first church and school in the nearby community of New Hope. Upon the arrival of the Florida Central and Peninsula Railroad, a rail depot and town was planned and named in honor of John Brandon. The first Brandon census was taken in 1922 when the population was 100. Brandon remained a primarily agricultural community, raising chickens and producing eggs, and growing oranges and other crops until 1959, when the Brandon Chamber of Commerce was formed to help promote business and growth. Their effort was successful, and by the early 1960s, Brandon’s population reached 8,000, and the community began spreading out into the surrounding area. By the 1970s, growth was causing traffic congestion as businesses, three shopping malls, and a population of 40,000 was all contained within a six-mile radius. The opening of Interstate 75 in the late 1970’s spurred additional growth, and the expansion continues, with Brandon growing more than 30% since 2000. Learn more about Brandon’s history.
Brandon will typically have a few nights below freezing each year. From Mid-May to Mid-October, Brandon is humid and hot with an average high temperature of 90°F and almost daily afternoon thunderstorms, followed by cool and pleasant evenings. Winter in Brandon is dry and mild, with average highs in the 70’s and average lows in the 50’s. Check out local weather information using these links.
Brandon sits at the confluence of four major highways, making it easily approachable by car from anywhere in Florida. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit service runs local and express bus service within Brandon and connects Brandon with neighboring communities. Brandon is located just minutes from Tampa International Airport with 80 non-stop destinations, including international service to Canada, Mexico, Panama, Europe, and the Caribbean.
Cost of Living in Brandon
The cost of living in Brandon is slightly below the national average, and Brandon healthcare is more affordable at 90% of the national average. Compare your budget to the cost of living in Brandon, Florida using these links.
Brandon’s public schools are operated by the Hillsborough County Public School system. There is one public high school in Brandon, three public middle schools and nine public elementary schools. Additionally, there are eight private schools in Brandon, and a homebound/hospital program designed to meet the unique academic needs of area students with limited mobility.
Brandon Regional Hospital is a general medical and surgical facility. This hospital also offers specialty services such as cardiac health, behavioral health, women’s health, and bariatric services. If you’re planning a move to Brandon, it’s a good idea to know the medical resources available to you:
Brandon Real Estate
Brandon Area residential communities have distinct characteristics, ranging from homogenous neighborhoods with homeowners’ associations to old Florida bungalows and newer luxury homes. View the many homes for sale in Brandon, Florida with these links.
Brandon and the surrounding communities boast many overnight stay accommodations conveniently located near restaurants, shopping areas and entertainment venues. The Oakwood at Asprey is a luxury inn offering spacious guest suites in the heart of Brandon. For variety, Behind the Fence Bed & Breakfast offers lodging in a New England Salt Box residence or the caretaker’s cottage overlooking their lagoon-styled pool. Southern Comfort Manor B&B in nearby Ruskin offers another unconventional alternative with a tennis court, pool and putting green surrounded by a one-acre flower garden. Find your perfect stay in Brandon.
Restaurants and clubs in the Brandon area offer just about every kind of cuisine. The Shrimp Boat Grill is a popular casual-dining spot with indoor and outdoor seating, excellent, freshly made food, and a friendly atmosphere. If you are a fan of Cuban sandwiches, La Septima Cafe has been voted the Best Cuban Sandwich eighteen times in a row, ever since they opened. Taste of Berlin serves large portions of genuine German cuisine in a setting that transports diners to Deutschland. Jasmine Thai offers exceptional Asian cuisine in a serene atmosphere and Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza is a local institution that has received rave reviews from locals and visitors, and rated #1 Pizza in the Zagat guide to America’s Top Restaurants. Explore more great eats in Brandon with the following links.
Things to Do in Brandon
With Tampa just 10 minutes away, Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico nearby, and Orlando’s entertainment paradise nearby, there is endless entertainment for visitors to the Brandon area. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World Florida are an easy reach by highway and less than an hour’s drive from Brandon. Closer to home, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay features an African-themed entertainment park and the Florida Aquarium displays more than 10,000 plants and animals. For art lovers, the Tampa Museum of Art shows exhibitions ranging from contemporary to classic, and the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg features a permanent collection that includes major artists and artifacts from around the globe. For the adventurous, jet skiing, deep sea fishing and other water activities can be enjoyed at nearby beaches, or just enjoy a short drive to the sugary sands along the Gulf of Mexico. Plan your adventure in Brandon using the following links.