Tampa is the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida. Located on Florida’s Gulf coast (i.e. the Gulf of Mexico), Tampa is the most populated city on the west coast of Florida. What’s more, in 2017, the city’s population was 385,430, with inhabitants occupying the 113 square-miles which constitutes Tampa proper.
Local businesses, commercial retailers, public healthcare, private insurance, sea-based commerce, homeland security, pro sports, the leisure industry, and real-estate serve critical roles in Tampa’s local economy. After all, Hillsborough County businesses employ approximately 740,000 employees all by itself.
Tampa is dominated by its sports teams, which include the Tampa Bay NFL team the Buccaneers, MLB team the Rays, and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. College and high school sports teams also enjoy success in Tampa, with many of the professionals in the mentioned sports coming out of these programs.
Arts and entertainment abound in the main areas of the city, with the Florida Orchestra, Stageworks Theatre, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the Tampa Opera, Spanish Lyric Theater, the Tampa Bay Symphony and Jobsite Theater performing frequently in-and-around the Tampa area.
Tampa recently was rated one of Maxim magazines best party cities, with current nightlife areas including Ybor City, SoHo, Channelside, Seminole Hard Rock, and International Plaza and Bay Street.
Alongside the wide variety of museums that populate the city streets, the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) touts multiple levels of scientific exhibitions. The city is home to the sole dome-vaulted IMAX theater in the state of Florida. Plus, other educational destinations include the city’s observatory, Tampa’s Museum of Art, USF’s Contemporary Art Museum and the History Center of Tampa Bay.
Real estate throughout Tampa varies in age and price and has something to fit every budget and need. However, a home purchase isn’t complete without the information that a home inspection from Whitt Inspections can provide.
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