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Tampa

Tampa (pronounced /ˈtæm.pə/) is a United States city in Hillsborough County, on the west coast of the state of Florida. It serves as the county seat for Hillsborough County.[3] The population of Tampa in 2000 was 303,447. According to the 2007 estimates, the city has a population of 382,060.[4]

Tampa is a part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the "Tampa Bay Area". For U.S. Census purposes, Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida MSA. The four-county area is composed of roughly 3 million residents, making it the second largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the state, and the third largest in the Southeastern United States, behind Miami and Atlanta. The "Greater Tampa Bay" area has just over 4 million residents and generally includes the Tampa and Sarasota metro areas. The Tampa Bay Partnership and U.S. Census data showed an average annual growth of 2.47 percent, or a gain of approximately 97,000 residents per year. Between 2000 and 2006, the Greater Tampa Bay Market has experienced a combined growth rate of 14.8 percent, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million people mark on April 1, 2007.[5] The Tampa Bay Designated Market Area(DMA) is the largest media market in the state of Florida and the thirteenth largest DMA Market in the United States.[6]

In 2008, Tampa was ranked as the 8th cleanest city in America by Yahoo! Real Estate[7] and 5th best outdoor city by Forbes.[8] A 2004 survey by the NYU newspaper ranked Tampa as a top city for 20-somethings.[9]

The word "Tampa" is believed to mean "sticks of fire" in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe that once lived south of today’s Tampa Bay. This might be a reference to the many lightning strikes that the area receives during the summer months. Other historians claim the name means "the place to gather sticks".[10]


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