Located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL is home to 347,645 residents as well as Tampa International Airport, the University of South Florida, the Museum of Science and Industry, Lowry Park Zoo, and Busch Gardens Theme Park. Surrounded by many beautiful white sand beaches, Forbes voted the city the 5th best outdoor city in the country. Incorporated in 1849, Tampa also has a rich cultural heritage with many Cuban and Italian influences which are found in the local cuisine and various neighborhoods.
The cost of living in Tampa, FL is 9.4 percent lower than the national average and 9.1 percent lower than the Florida state average. The cost of goods and services, groceries, healthcare, and housing contribute to it's affordability, while gas and utilities are above the national average. Due to these factors, it ranks as the 18th most affordable city in America. The median household income is $40,894, while the median home price is $147,200. The median gross rent as of 2013 was $895.
Tampa Job Opportunities
With it's location on Tampa Bay, Tampa has a bustling shipping and trading industry. Other industries offering Tampa, FL jobs include retail, tourism, financial services, local government and defense. Several Fortune 1000 companies call Tampa home, including OSI Restaurant Partners, WellCare, Raymond James Financial and TECO Energy. The largest employer for jobs in Tampa, FL is Hillsborough County with over 740,000 employees, making it one of the largest in the country. MacDill Air Force Base is also a major defense and government employer for jobs in Tampa. For those that like a bit smaller of a city, consider nearby Saint Petersburg jobs as well.
Several other big companies have their headquarters in Tampa such as Jabil, Publix, BayCare Health System, and HCI Group, a healthcare IT consulting firm, which Forbes voted as one of the fastest growing companies in the country, making a hot sector for Tampa jobs. Whether in healthcare or corporate firms, IT jobs in Tampa are a solid choice.
Tampa Employment Trends
As of July 2014, Tampa had an unemployment rate of 7.0 percent which is above the national rate of 5.9 percent and the Florida state average of 6.2 percent. The current job growth rate is 2.5 percent. The annual job growth is expected to increase 2.4 percent per year, making it the 100th fastest growing job market, according to Forbes. Tampa ranks 72nd in the best place for business and careers, and it also comes in at 136th on the cost of doing business. Search Tampa jobs, and find a fit no matter your career path!