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The City of Tampa is the largest city in Hillsborough County, is the county seat and is the third most populous city in Florida. It is located on the west coast of Florida, approximately 200 miles northwest of Miami, 180 miles southwest of Jacksonville, and 20 miles northeast of St. Petersburg. The population of the city represents approximately one-third of the total population of Hillsborough County. Tampa's economy is founded on a diverse base that includes tourism, agriculture, construction, finance, health care, government, technology, and the port of Tampa. Contributing to the success of our community is the way businesses, City government, and citizens work together to make Tampa a better place to live.

Tampa Demographics

POPULATION

TAMPA BAY

PERCENTAGE

2011 Projection

3,039,670

 

2006 Estimate

2,717,688

 

2000 Census

2,395,997

 

1990 Census

2,067,959

 

 

 

 

1990 - 2000 Annual Rate

 

1.48%

2000 – 2006 Annual Rate

 

2.04%

2006 – 2011 Annual Rate

 

2.26%

SEX (2006)

 

 

Males

1,312,445

48.3%

Females

1,405,243

51.7%

 

 

 

AGE (2006)

 

 

Under 5 years

157,466

5.8%

5 to 9 years

150,889

5.6%

10 to 14 years

164,772

6.1%

15 to 17 years

98,652

3.6%

18 to 19years

66,232

2.4%

20 to 24 years

161,774

6.0%

25 to 34 years

304,867

11.2%

35 to 44 years

381,271

14.0%

45 to 49 years

206,976

7.6%

50 to 54 years

187,680

6.9%

55 to 59 years

180,838

6.7%

60 to 64 years

147,883

5.4%

65 to 74 years

231,770

8.5%

75 to 84 years

194,929

7.2%

85 years and over

81,689

3.0%

 

 

 

MEDIAN AGE (years)

41.9

 

HOUSEHOLDS

1,134,524

 

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

$44,986

 

MEDIAN HOME VALUE

$182,999

 


Source: ESRI, Inc.

Tampa’s History

Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon first arrived in the Tampa Bay area in 1513, but the Spaniards focused their attention on settling eastern Florida and left the western areas alone.  In 1824, only two months after the arrival of the first American settler, four companies of the U.S. Army established Fort Brooke to protect the strategic harbor at Tampa Bay.

Development of the Tampa Bay region began after the territory became part of the United States in 1845.  In spite of the blockade and Federal occupation during the Civil War, the area grew steadily.  Henry B. Plant's 1884 railroad extension to the Hillsborough River provided access to new areas, and he built along his rail line to attract visitors.

Tampa owes its commercial success to Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River.  When phosphates were discovered nearby in the late 1880s, the resulting mining and shipping industries prompted a boom of growth and wealth that lasted through the 1890s. Port Tampa is now the seventh largest in the nation; today phosphate shipping is supplemented by trade in shrimp. A pleasure cruise line operates as well.

Tampa Included in President Obama's  High Speed Rail Plan

Map of Obamas High Speed Rail Plan

President Barack Obama, along with Vice President Biden and DOT Secretary LaHood, has announced a new U.S. push today to transform travel in America, creating high-speed rail lines from city to city, reducing dependence on cars and planes and spurring economic development.

The President released a strategic plan outlining his vision for high speed rail in America. The plan identifies $8 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $1 billion a year for five years requested in the federal budget as a down payment to jump-start a potential world-class passenger rail system and sets the direction of transportation policy for the future. The strategic plan will be followed by detailed guidance for state and local applicants. By late summer, the Federal Railroad Administration will begin awarding the first round of grants.

Additional funding for long-term planning and development is expected from legislation authorizing federal surface transportation programs. The report formalizes the identification of ten high-speed rail corridors as potential recipients of federal funding. Those lines are: California, Pacific Northwest, South Central, Gulf Coast, Chicago Hub Network, Florida, Southeast, Keystone, Empire and Northern New England. Also, opportunities exist for the Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston to compete for funds to improve the nation’s only existing high-speed rail service.

With a boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Obama administration launched a competitive process to drive local communities to develop their high-speed rail potential. The President, Vice President and Secretary of Transportation are urging states and local communities to put together plans for a network of 100 mile to 600 mile corridors, which will compete for the federal dollars. The merit-driven process will result in federal grants as soon as late summer 2009.

President Obama's vision for high-speed rail mirrors that of President Eisenhower, the father of the Interstate highway system, which revolutionized the way Americans traveled. Now, high-speed rail has the potential to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, lower harmful carbon emissions, foster new economic development and give travelers more choices when it comes to moving around the country.

"My high-speed rail proposal will lead to innovations that change the way we travel in America. We must start developing clean, energy-efficient transportation that will define our regions for centuries to come," said President Obama. "A major new high-speed rail line will generate many thousands of construction jobs over several years, as well as permanent jobs for rail employees and increased economic activity in the destinations these trains serve. High-speed rail is long-overdue, and this plan lets American travelers know that they are not doomed to a future of long lines at the airports or jammed cars on the highways."

"President Obama's vision of robust, high-speed rail service offers Americans the kind of travel options that throughout our history have contributed to economic growth and enhanced quality of life," said Secretary LaHood. "We simply can't build the economy of the future on the transportation networks of the past."

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