Life in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Area is a metropolitan region of west central Florida adjacent to Tampa Bay. Definitions of the region vary. It is often considered equivalent to the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (or MSA) defined by the United States Census Bureau. 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,[5] and the Tampa Bay Partnership.[6] The Tampa Bay media market also includes CitrusManateeSarasota, and Polk Counties.[7]

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 4,310,524 people as of 2012. The Tampa Bay Partnership and U.S. Census data showed an average annual growth of 2.5 percent, or a gain of approximately 97,000 residents per year between 2000 and 2006, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million mark on April 1, 2007.[7][7] A 2012 estimate of the Tampa Bay Area shows a projection of about 5.9 million residents by 2017.

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