Tampa Bay Region

Tampa Bay Florida RegionsPopulation:     
Labor Force:    1,940,405
Households:    1,762,251

• Tampa International Airport
• St. Petrersburg-Clearwater    International
• Sarasota/Bradenton International

Dominant Cities:
• Tampa
• St. Petersburg
• Clearwater
• Sarasota
• Lakeland
• New Port Richey

College Highlights:
• University of South Florida
• University of Tampa
• Eckerd College
• Saint Leo University
• Florida Southern College
• Ringling College of Art & Design

Cultural Features:
• Stratz Center for the Performing Arts (Tampa)
• Ruth Eckerd Hall - Baumgardner Center (Clearwater)
• Mahaffey Theater (St. Petersburg)
• Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (Sarasota)
• Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota)
• Salvador Dali Museum  (St. Petersburg)
• Tampa Museum of Art
• Museum of Science & Industry -MOSI (Tampa)
• Bok Tower Gardens (Lake Wales)


The Tampa Bay region today basks in the limelight as the state’s second largest region and one of the most dynamic markets in the Southeastern United States. It’s historical significance in Florida’s evolution combined with the role it is projected to play in the future contribute to the regions popularity in the world of big business, tourism and new resident growth.

Among the historical highlights reflecting the regions diverse heritage is Tampa’s Cuban settled Ybor City, the Greek fishing village of Tarpon Springs and the riverfront Indian burial mounds in Crystal River.

At the core of the region is its namesake, the dynamic metro market of Tampa Bay. Primarily comprised of the sister cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater this bustling area represents the largest metro market on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Among the Bay area’s many features are leading facilities for cultural activities, attractive stretches of beach and strong employment opportunities fueled by a diverse economy including manufacturing, healthcare, financial and agricultural industries.

The area additionally enjoys the commercial impact provided by the Port of Tampa, which is Florida’s largest by cargo tonnage.

The metro hub is also home to one of Florida’s largest centers for spectator sports. Tampa Bay is home to the NFL Buccaneers, NHL Lightening, NCAA South Florida Bull’s, a number of prominent golf tournaments, thoroughbred racing, Jai-Alai and a large MLB presence with the Tampa Bay Rays and numerous Spring Training Camps.

To the south in the shadow of the Tampa Bay market you find Sarasota and its nearby beachfront resort centers of Longboat Key and Siesta Key.  Often viewed as an upscale locale, the city proudly showcases the Ringling Museum, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Saint Armands Circle with its collection of stylish shops and fine restaurants.

Drifting northwest of Tampa we find the coastline from New Port Richey to the region’s northern reaches in Citrus County.  Coined the ”Nature Coast” area, this poart of the region is distinguished  by a pristine environment sheltered from crowds and heavy traffic.  This smaller town setting is most evident along the coastal stretch from the springs of Weekie Wachee to the playful manatees found in the waterways of Crystal River and Homosassa Springs.

Over the last couple of decades the metro core of Tampa Bay has attracted many new job seeking residents, while surrounding suburban destinations, like Sarasota, Bradenton, New Port Richey, Lakeland and Inverness,  have been popular among migrating retirees.

Sources: US Census Bureau; Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation; Enterprise Florida Inc.