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The population of Tampa is approximately 392,800 making it the 3rd largest city in Florida and the 53rd largest city in the United States. Tampa is part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the "Tampa Bay Area" which has an approximate population of 3 .1 million. It is located on the west coast of Florida with an average annual temperature of 73.1 degrees. Tampa's economy is founded on a diverse base that includes tourism, agriculture, construction, finance, health care, government, technology, and the Port of Tampa which is the largest port in the State of Florida.

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The largest university in Tampa is the University of South Florida with an enrollment of 31,389 students in Tampa and 37,333 students system-wide. The private University of Tampa located near downtown has an enrollment 8,443. Hillsborough Community College has an enrollment of 47,000 students per year in several locations within Hillsborough County.

Professional Sports

The Tampa Bay Area has several professional sports teams including the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers team (2002 Super Bowl Champions), the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning (2004 and 2020 Stanley Cup), the Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays (2008 and 2020 American League pennant) and the  United Soccer League's Tampa Bay Rowdies.


MacDill Air Force Base, located in south Tampa, has approximately 19,000 employees and hosts two major unified commands: the U.S. Central Command and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Major Events

Tampa has been the host city for several large events. It has hosted the Super Bowl four times, the last time was 2009, and will be hosting again in February of 2021. Tampa was the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention and the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in 2014.


Tampa International Airport has been consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the country. The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is 15 minutes away from Tampa in nearby Clearwater, Florida.

Updated: 10/02/2023