Clearwater, Florida Education and City Information

About Clearwater, Florida

The name 'Clearwater' comes from the word 'Pocotopaug', a native Indian term referring to the many fresh-water springs in this area on the Gulf of Mexico. A popular resort destination, with vacationers from all over the country and the world, Clearwater has 110,703 residents, as of the 2014 U.S. Census data estimation. The number of residents can swell as much as 20% in the winter months. The city's population consists of roughly 80% white residents, 11% African-American and 14% Hispanic residents, according to 2010 census data.

Clearwater is known for its white, sandy beaches, and residents and visitors can try scuba diving, parasailing, and fishing. Beach volleyball, swimming, and nature trails are also popular here, and residents can take advantage of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Clearwater's evening festivals feature music, local artists, comedians and mimes.


Clearwater has 6 colleges and career institutes in its city limits. St. Petersburg College, a 4-year public school, is found here and enrolls about 32,700 students. It primarily offers associate's degrees.

Pinellas Technical College has a campus in Clearwater for about 1,200 students. Students can find certificate programs in computer systems and information technology, automotive service technology, cosmetology, culinary arts and more at this technical school.

The Ultimate Medical Academy is a very small 2-year private, not-for-profit school with a Clearwater campus. With a student population of just over 330, the academy offers undergraduate certificates and associate's degrees in areas such as dental assisting, phlebotomy and medical office assisting.

The nearby city of St. Petersburg has several universities and colleges, including a branch campus of the University of South Florida and Eckerd College. St. Petersburg's campus of USF was ranked 58th among regional universities in the South in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Tampa is about 20 miles away and offers Hillsborough Community College, Brewster Technical College and the main campus of the University of South Florida. The University of Tampa is also found here. This private, not-for-profit school was ranked 22nd among regional universities in the South by U.S. News in 2016.


Clearwater's economic development efforts include programs to revitalize the downtown, promote economic development in historically underutilized business zones, and encourage business investment and employment opportunities.

Clearwater thrives on tourism but, healthcare, technology and educational services are also critical to the local economy. Some of the top employers in Clearwater and surrounding area are Pinellas County Government, Morton Plant Hospital, Tech Data Corp, Honeywell and Nielsen Media Research.

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