Tampa, FL, City and Higher Education Facts

Tampa is the third-largest city in the state of Florida, the heart of a major metropolitan region and home to one of the nation's largest saltwater ports. The city hosts several colleges, universities, technical institutes and career schools. Keep reading to find out more about Tampa's attractions, population, economy and schools.

Information about Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida, is a waterfront city on the state's western Gulf coast. It had a population of 358,699, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates, and it's Florida's third most-populous city. Tampa's central location and the several major interstates and highways that converge in the area provide easy access from Tampa to the nearby beaches of the Gulf and to surrounding areas. The city is a mosaic of different cultures with both quaint, historic neighborhoods and modern downtown skyscrapers.

Tampa is a growing city that has a revitalized downtown waterfront, museums and professional sports teams. One of Tampa's most well-known attractions is Ybor City, the historic Cuban neighborhood. Ybor City is rich in Spanish and Cuban cultures and features brick sidewalks and wrought-iron balconies, Cuban bakeries and cigar shops, antique stores, art galleries and boutiques.

Higher Education

Tampa has 18 public and private non-profit colleges, universities, career and specialty schools and technical institutes. The largest institution of higher learning in Tampa is the University of South Florida, a comprehensive public university that enrolled nearly 42,000 full-time students, as of Fall 2014. It was ranked #84 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public schools in 2016.

Other schools and colleges in the city include Hillsborough Community College, a public school that offers certificate and associate's degree programs in areas like business administration, computer science, engineering technology and health professions. It served about 27,000 students in 2014. The private University of Tampa, Florida College, and Brewster Technical College are also located here.

Economy and Employment

Tampa's top employers, as of 2014, included Baycare Health System, Publix Super Markets, Home Shopping Network, and the University of South Florida. Other notable employers were Verizon, JP Morgan Chase & Co., CitiBank, and Busch Gardens. The economy is also reliant on the Port of Tampa, which received in excess of one-third of Florida's cargo, as of 2014.

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