Quality of life, brisk in-migration, healthy job growth, and affordable housing have made the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL, Metro Statistical Area (MSA) one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Situated in west-central Florida, the Tampa Bay area is the population center of Florida’s Gulf Coast region with nearly 3.1 million residents and an active labor force of more than 1.3 million workers, one of the largest in the state. Home to the University of South Florida, MacDill Air Force Base, BayCare Health System, and ﬁve Fortune 500 headquarters, including Raymond James Financial, the metro area boasts a diverse and expanding business mix with a highly skilled workforce. In addition to job opportunities, new residents are drawn to the region by its warm weather, recreational activities, and vibrant nightlife. WalletHub ranked Tampa among the top 20 big cities to live in, while Homes.com recognized the area as extremely family friendly. The region is also a magnet for investment, especially along the waterfront. The city’s downtown has experienced a wave of construction projects expected to bring an estimated $13 billion worth of investment to the Tampa region through 2022.
30,600 Jobs were created Metrowide,
a 2.3% Y-o-Y Increase
Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal 2017; Hillsborough CAFR 2017;
Pinellas County CAFR 2017; MacDill Air Force Base 2017