MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at Tampa, Florida.
Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, next to Tampa Bay, the city of Tampa is the third largest city in the Sunshine State and part of the greater Tampa Bay area, which includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater. With much of the United States bundled up, shoveling snow in January and February, Explorers in Tampa Bay enjoy mild temperatures and a variety of outdoor activities.
‘The Big Guava,’ ‘Cigar City,’ ‘Lightning Capital of the World’
Tampa has plenty of nicknames, “The Big Guava,” “Cigar City,” “Lightning Capital of the World,” but many just prefer to call it home. In addition to great weather, Tampa is still relatively affordable, providing the perks of living in a big city without the price of exuberant rents. Also, there is no state tax in Florida, and there are plenty of free and low-cost activities.
Tampa Bay’s GDP grew $16.5 billion from 2019 to 2021, outpacing Florida and the U.S. The Port of Tampa Bay is the largest in Florida, with a $17.2 billion economic impact on the area. Port and maritime activities, tourism, healthcare, finance and avionics, defense, and marine electronics are all major contributors to Tampa’s economy.
Local Medical Facilities
Tampa General Hospital, Morton Plant Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital-Tampa, Mease Countryside Hospital, St. Anthony’s Hospital, AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Tampa, and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg are all “High Performing” in at least one procedure or condition according to U.S. News & World Report.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: 3.7 percent above the national average
- Population: 399,734 based on the 2020 Census estimates
- Median Home Price: $277,700
- Median Gross Rent: $1,249
- Median Household Income: $59,893
- Per Capita Income: $40,962
- Live below the poverty line: 17.2 percent
- Median Age: 34.7 years
- Average commute time: 23.2 minutes
- Overall grade: B+ (niche.com)
- Student-Teacher ratio: 20 to 1
- Serving: 218,943 students in Pre-K, K through high school
Several colleges and universities are located in the Tampa Bay area, including the University of Tampa, University of South Florida, Strayer University Tampa Westshore Campus, Eckerd College, Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College.
TBARTA, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, services more than 9000 transit stops across the city and surrounding counties. The TECO Line Streetcar connects downtown and Channelside to the historic Ybor City district.
Clearwater Known for its 3-mile stretch of white sand beach, Clearwater is a favorite spot for visitors as well as locals.
Busch Gardens Tampa A 2022 Reader’s Choice Award for best theme park and a 2022 Golden Ticket Award for best new roller coaster, Busch Gardens Tampa is a must-visit for theme park enthusiasts.
Ybor City Just north of downtown is Ybor City, the one-time “Cigar Capital of the World.” The historic neighborhood is known for Cuban and Latin American food, vintage shops, boutiques, cigars, and entertainment.
Tampa Bay Bucs Watch the Super Bowl LV champs play Sundays at Raymond James Stadium as they fire off the cannons with every Bucs touchdown.
Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center Get a look at these gentle giants swimming in the warm discharge waters of Big Bend Power Station at the Manatee Viewing Center. Visitors can take the tidal Walk overlooking the water inhabited by manatees during the winter months and visit the gift shop and café.
Shopping Tampa has multiple venues for retail therapy. International Plaza and Bay Street, Ybor City, Hyde Park Village, and The Shops at Wiregrass all offer unique shopping experiences.
Tampa Riverwalk The Riverwalk is a 2.6-mile path along the Hillsborough River open to walking, biking, and skating. There are seven parks, playgrounds, and dog parks along the river, in addition to restaurants, bars, and museums.
Tampa Museum of Art The more than 100-year-old museum emphasizes ancient, modern, and contemporary art and houses one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern U.S.
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