the Tampa Bay Area


The Tampa Bay Area is a metropolitan region of west central Florida adjacent to Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor and estuary connected to the Gulf of Mexico on the west central coast of Florida, comprising Hillsboro Bay, McKay Bay, Old Tampa Bay, Middle Tampa Bay, and Lower Tampa Bay.

Tampa is a city in and the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida, United States.

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Definitions of the region vary.

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It is often considered equivalent to the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area defined by the United States Census Bureau.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy.


A wider definition including additional adjacent counties is adopted by most other entities, including state agencies like Enterprise Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Tampa Bay Partnership.

The Florida Department of Transportation is a decentralized agency charged with the establishment, maintenance, and regulation of public transportation in the state of Florida.


The Tampa Bay media market also includes Citrus, Manatee, Sarasota, and Polk counties.


The largest cities in the Tampa Bay Area are Tampa in Hillsborough County, and the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater in Pinellas County.


The population of the Tampa Bay Area is estimated at 2,975,225 people as of 2015 and between 2010 and 2015 the population is estimated to have grown 6.9%.


For 2014 to 2015 the U.S. Census data estimated an annual growth of 2.0 percent or 54,412 people.

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