With a population of more than 2,790,000 the Tampa MSA, consisting of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando counties, is the 2nd largest metropolitan statistical area in the State of Florida, the 6th largest metro area in the south and the 19th largest in the United States.
Tampa Bay has earned Southern Business & Development’s award for “Mega Market of the Year.” It is home to well know corporate headquarters such as Raymond James Financial, Tropicana Products, Rooms to Go, Ferman Automotive Group, TECO Energy, Publix, Outback Steakhouse, Darden Restaurants, Carlton Fields, Gerdau, Global Imaging Systems, Brown and Brown, Sykes Enterprises, SRI/Surgical Express, Syniverse Technologies, Amscot, BIC, Brighthouse, Tech Data, JABIL, SweetBay, Checkers, and Catalina Marketing.
Tampa is home to the Westshore Business District, Westshore is the center of activity in the Tampa Bay region and Florida's west coast. Located within the city limits of Tampa, the Westshore district is Florida's largest office community with more than 16 million square feet of office space. It is also home to numerous first class hotels, abundant meeting space, upscale shopping, entertainment, and nearby residential areas. Westshore is at the geographic center of the growing Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater market, making the resources of the entire market easily accessible. Tampa International Airport, rated one of the nation's best, is located right in Westshore.
The quality of life in Tampa Bay is considered extremely desirable because of its warm weather, gulf beaches, and diverse cultural and recreational activities which include the Performing Arts Center, The Museum of Science & Industry, The Tampa Museum of Art, and The Salvador Dali Museum. Recreational activities include Ybor City, the Lowery Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium, and the internationally known Busch Gardens. Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has hosted four Super Bowls. Tampa Bay is home to Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, the Arena League’s Tampa Bay Storm, and the NASC League’s FC Tampa Bay along with being the winter home of the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto Blue Jays.
Hosting more than 7 million visitors per year and bringing in more than $20 billion in revenue continues to keep tourism as Tampa Bay’s #1 industry. Tampa Bay, the most preferred travel destination in the United States, is known for the best beaches in the world and its close proximity to Disney World and Universal Studios. Perpetually mild winters keep an estimated 41.2%, of the additional 971,000 annual Florida residents, in Tampa Bay for an average of six months or more.