2010: 335,709, #55 in U.S., #3 in Florida

1950: 124,681, #85 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,783,243, #19 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 409,143, #46 in U.S.


Tampa was incorporated in 1849 on the site where the Hillsborough River enters Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. The city has a new 2.5-mile Riverwalk. The University of Tampa is on the west side of the river. Tampa is Florida’s largest port.


Tallest buildings: 100 North Tampa (1992), 579 feet

List of tallest buildings


Tampa has no downtown department stores.


The Amtrak Silver Star has two trains a day from Union Station (1912), one going south to Miami and one going north to Orlando, Jacksonville, and New York City.

Tampa has a three-mile TECO electric streetcar line (2002) between downtown and the Ybor City district.


The Tampa Museum of Art opened in a new downtown building in 2010. The Tampa Bay History Center opened downtown in 2009. The Florida Aquarium (1995) is also downtown.

Tampa Skyline and Hillsborough River


The Tampa Theatre (1926) is a restored movie palace that presents concerts and independent films. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts hosts the Florida Orchestra, Opera Tampa, and touring musicals from Best of Broadway.


The Tampa Tarpons, Single-A Florida State League affiliate of the New York Yankees, play at Steinbrenner Field (1996), northwest of downtown.

The NHL Tampa Bay Lightning play at the Amalie Arena (1996) in downtown Tampa. The NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers play at Raymond James Stadium (1998), northwest of downtown.

Map of Downtown Tampa

Tampa Downtown Partnership