Tampa, Florida Population 2019

Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida near the Gulf of Mexico on Tampa Bay. The population of Tampa is estimated at 350,000 in 2014, which makes it the 53rd largest city in the United States.

Tampa's population is estimated at 350,000, up from 346,000 in 2011. Tampa is part of a large metropolitan area called the Tampa Bay Area (2.8 million population), and the city is also part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan statistical area. This is the fourth largest metro area in the Southeastern U.S. after Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. The Greater Tampa Bay area has more than 4.3 million people and is projected to hit 4.56 million by 2017.

The city proper has a population density of 2,970 people per square mile (1,147/sq km).

Tampa Diversity

The most common European ancestry groups include German (9.2%), Irish (8.4%), English (7.7%), Italian (5.6%) and French (2.4%). Tampa is home to a large gay population and culture known as the GaYbor District.

Tampa History

The area of Tampa was initially inhabited by indigenous people of the Safety Harbor culture, including the Tocobaga and the Pohoy. While the region was explored briefly by the Spanish at the beginning of the 16th century, it was quickly abandoned when it became clear that the only resources were fish and shellfish. The local inhabitants repelled any attempt by the Spanish to convert them to Catholicism or create a settlement, and archaeological evidence reveals a total collapse of native cultures in the region after European contact, likely from infectious disease from the Europeans. Tampa was depopulated for over 200 years.

There were no permanent European or American settlements in the city limits under after the U.S. acquired Florida from Spain in 1819. During the Civil War, Florida seceded from the Union and martial law was declared in Tampa in 1862. At the end of the war in 1865, Tampa's fort was occupied as part of Reconstruction. This was a hard period for Tampa, with a population of less than 800 in 1870. It was in the 1880s that the city took a turn for the better. Phosphate was discovered, then the railroad arrived to boost development in the region. By 1900, Tampa became one of the largest cities in the state.

Many Spanish and Cuban cigar workers moved to the city to work in cigar factories, with over 10,000 immigrants arriving in the city of 5,000 by 1900. The city then became a resort destination for celebrities. During Prohibition, several organized crime factions developed in Tampa, which remained influential through the 1950s. Tampa saw record-setting population growth during the 1950s and '60s, which has since dwindled, but the population continues to grow.

Tampa Population Growth

By 2015, the state of Florida may surpass New York as the third most populous state in the country. Two areas have become the focus of growth through 2060: the Tampa Bay area through Orlando to the Atlantic and the Tampa Bay area to Jacksonville. The new population growth in Tampa is expected to make the city younger and more urban. Tampa's growth is due not only to a higher number of births over deaths -- which has caused 30% of the increase between 2010 and 2014 -- but also high net migration, which has added 70% of the new population.

The Tampa region is currently growing at about 2% per year, outpacing the national average of 1.5% per year.

Tampa Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Tampa was:

  • White: 65.23%
  • Black or African American: 24.19%
  • Asian: 4.21%
  • Two or more races: 3.43%
  • Other race: 2.58%
  • Native American: 0.31%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%

Tampa, Florida's estimated population is 385,430 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Tampa, Florida is the 3rd largest city in Florida based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 3398.36 people/mi² (1312.11 people/km²), with a household density of 564.01 people/km² (1460.79 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 35.6 years, 35.2 years for males, and 35.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.4 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 165,678 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.4%, with a median rent of $1031/month. The median house has 4.9 rooms, and has a value of $190,300.

The median income for households in Tampa, Florida is $48,245, while the mean household income is $78,953.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017385,4309,3832.50%
2016376,0478,3792.28%
2015367,6688,7092.43%
2014358,9596,5721.86%
2013352,3873,8671.11%
2012348,5202,0250.58%
2011346,4959,7292.89%
2010336,76633,3191.05%
2000303,44723,4320.81%
1990280,0158,4380.31%
1980271,577-6,137-0.22%
1970277,7142,7440.10%
1960274,970150,2898.23%
1950124,68116,2901.41%
1940108,3917,2300.69%
1930101,16149,5536.96%
192051,60813,8263.17%
191037,78221,9439.08%
190015,83910,30711.09%
18905,5324,83222.96%
1880700-100-1.33%
18708000.00%

Tampa Population in 2018Source: By D'Arcy Norman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dnorman/3087161485/) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White240,097
Black or African American89,032
Asian15,506
Two or More Races12,615
Some Other Race9,481
American Indian and Alaska Native1,128
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander228

Tampa Population Pyramid 2019

Tampa Median Age

35.6


Total

35.2


Male

35.8


Female

Tampa Adults

There are 288,383 adults, (44,880 of whom are seniors) in Tampa.

Tampa Age Dependency

51.2

Age Dependency Ratio

18.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Tampa Sex Ratio

Female

190,309

51.70%

Male

177,778

48.30%

Tampa Households and Families

Tampa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Tampa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.4%29.6%
All48.3%51.7%
Male44.6%55.4%
Non Family36.3%63.7%
Female35.6%64.4%

48.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All147,2502.4248.3
Non Family66,7391.336.3
Married50,3763.270.4
Female22,5843.6935.6
Male7,5513.3344.6

3.24

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

6.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.8%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Tampa Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade12,6515.12%
9th to 12th Grade19,1707.76%
High School Graduate64,02525.92%
Some College41,48816.79%
Associates Degree20,3228.23%
Bachelors Degree54,56822.09%
Graduate Degree34,81114.09%

Tampa Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White121,271114,62060,105
Hispanic58,19844,42012,109
Black54,34644,4759,124
Asian11,1099,6997,068
Other Race6,1454,5311,265
Multiple Races5,2044,3681,558
Native American751699161
Islander16616614

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 63.62%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,338$41,622$32,182
Less Than High School$19,815$21,866$16,628
High School Grad$25,352$27,212$22,341
Some College$32,298$36,624$30,314
Bachelors Degree$50,997$61,137$42,268
Graduate Degree$74,568$95,944$57,581

$36,338

Average Earnings

$41,622

Average Male

$32,182

Average Female

Tampa Language

Tampa Language by Age

Tampa Language

73.13% of Tampa residents speak only English, while 26.87% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 19.51% of the population.

Tampa Poverty

Tampa Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black87,28329,68034.00%
Hispanic90,39323,26125.73%
White158,80217,26810.87%
Multiple12,1512,80723.10%
Other9,2362,38525.82%
Asian15,1361,4359.48%
Native1,11616614.87%
Islander2283013.16%

20.02%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.49%

Male Poverty Rate

21.46%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tampa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tampa is Black, with 34.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tampa is Asian, with 9.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.75%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School35.62%
High School21.00%
Some College14.64%
Bachelors or Greater6.02%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed48.19%
Male Unemployed40.09%
Female Employed10.79%
Male Employed7.59%

Tampa Income

Tampa Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$48,245$78,953
Families$60,988$97,208
Married Families$88,248$123,898
Non Families$34,559$54,541

Tampa Marital Status

Tampa Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.7%

Male Marriage Rate

35.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Tampa Married by Age and Sex

Tampa Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Tampa Marital Status by Race

Tampa Veterans

21,467

Number of Veterans

18,623

Male Veterans

2,844

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam6,673
First Gulf War5,955
Second Gulf War5,311
Korea1,401
World War II760
Age Group Veterans
35 to 546,679
55 to 644,370
65 to 744,366
75+3,447
18 to 342,605

Tampa Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White15,6858.05%
Black4,6487.28%
Hispanic2,7183.95%
2 or More5407.39%
Other2823.95%
Asian2572.13%
Indian445.29%
Hawaiian116.63%

Tampa Veterans by Education

11.59%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tampa Employment Status

65.4%

Labor Force Participation

59.4%

Employment Rate

8.1%

Unemployment Rate

Tampa Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

42.36%

Born in Florida

83.81%

Native Born

16.19%

Foreign Born

8.43%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

83.81% of Tampa residents were born in the United States, with 42.36% having been born in Florida. 8.43% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.