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Tampa, FL

Hillsborough County

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Recommendation: Recommended - Excellant

Tampa, FL Area Overview

Tampa is one of Florida’s 4 largest areas and is known as the Tampa Bay Area. It is located on the east side of Tampa Bay.

The Tampa area has some the United States best beaches which are located across the bay.

There are lots of activities year-round in the different parts of Tampa Bay especially on weekends. With this in mind, you will have no trouble finding something to do.

Tampa is located in the Central Florida along the Gulf Coast.

Tampa is a very friendly city with as we stated above plenty to do.

One thing that those who live and work in the Tampa/St Petersburg hate with a passion is the drive over the Howard Franklin Bridge. It is a nightmare plain and simple especially at evening rush hour which starts after 3 in the afternoon. At least people claim the reason they do attend Rays baseball games in person is because they do not want to drive over the bridge. In breaking it down it is one the worst if not worst drives on the Continent.

About Florida

Florida is known has the ‘Sunshine State’ and with good reason, plenty of sun year-round along with miles and miles and miles of beaches.

Florida does not have a state income tax which makes it a desired location. Believe it or not Florida’s State Sales Tax is lower than most other states especially California and New Jersey which have State Income Tax. Most companies in Florida will compensate at the National Market Rate for salary and hourly which makes Florida even more enticing to take a position if offered.

Tourism is one of Florida’s largest industries, however there are several other industries where IT jobs are plentiful. The Space Program and companies they provide technologies for space and air flight are also plentiful. Government jobs in other areas outside the space program are universally available. Healthcare like everywhere else is in huge demand.

Florida is the worst place in the United States to be unemployed in. One, everything favors the employer, they have all the control and can do whatever they please and the state employment office automatically accepts their decision. The employment reemployment assistance and the websites are very incompetent and have been for years, in fact any employer that I have worked for and at these sites would never be allowed to be put into production. If you must apply for unemployment in Florida,

Overall, Florida is not the worst or best place to be but Fossnel still ranks it high and if you like the beach, it is the place to be.

Florida State Tax Link: No State Income Tax


  • All Major Chains
  • Tampa has all the main national chain restaurants.
  • Limited chains with locations in Tampa include the BoneFish and Miller’s Ale House.
  • Duffy’s Sports Grill and Bar – chain in South Florida that has reward points – great for watching sports will show your favorite team if you ask

Places of Interrest

  • The beaches along the Gulf Coast
  • Busch Gardens
  • Raymond James Field – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Amalie Arena - Concerts and Sporting Events
  • Downtown St Petersburg – on the Peninsula
  • Several Golf Courses
  • Ybor City – old cigar factories
  • Gasparilla Festival – usually in January

Best Places to Stay

  • Since Tampa covers a large area it will be best to live somewhere in the vicinity or the part town your main job is located.
  • Most extended stays are located on the west side of the bay in the Clearwater area.

Handicap Accessibility

  • Handicap friendly.

Public Transportation

  • Bus Service that covers the Bay area
  • No light rail.


  • Rush hour traffic is as horrible as it gets.
  • Traffic accidents on the Howard Franklin will make driving over it worse

Where not to Stay

  • Would be difficult to live on one side of the Bay and get to the other side.
  • Extended Stays in St Petersburg are not recommended.


  • Located in the south Atlantic region of the United States, Tampa has a humid subtropical climate.
  • Weather is hot and humid during the summer.
  • Winters are usually mild.
  • Summer thunderstorms with torrential but brief downpours are common and usually happen on a daily basis.