Tampa Population 2017

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 Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the racial and ethnic breakdown of Tampa was:

  • White: 62.9% (non-Hispanic: 46.3%)
  • Black or African American: 26.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 23.1%
  • Asian: 3.4%
  • Native American or Native Alaskan: 0.4%
  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Two or more races: 3.2%
  • Other race: 3.8%

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 originally 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 1880's 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.

A number of 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 powerful through the 1950s. Tampa saw record-setting population growth during the 1950's and 60's, 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. There are two areas that 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 growth 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.

Year Population Change
2015 369,075 9.90%
2010 335,709 10.60%
2000 303,447 8.40%
1990 280,015 3.10%
1980 271,577 -2.20%
1970 277,714 1.00%
1960 274,970 120.50%
1950 124,681 15.00%
1940 108,391 7.10%
1930 101,161 96.00%
1920 51,608 36.60%
1910 37,782 138.50%
1900 15,839 186.30%
1890 5,532 690.30%
1880 700 -12.50%
1870 800 0.00%

Tampa Population in 2017 Source: Alvesgaspar

Tampa Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 222,020 63.63%
Black or African American 90,298 25.88%
American Indian and Alaska Native 2,758 0.79%
Asian 13,024 3.73%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 290 0.08%
Some Other Race 9,902 2.84%
Two or More Races 10,642 3.05%

Population Pyramid

Tampa Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 161,527
Owner-Occupied Units 69,770
Renter-Occupied Units 72,462
Median Home Value $160,300
Median Rent $960
Vacancy Rate 11.9%
Houses With Mortgage 46,744
Houses Without Mortgage 23,026
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 4.9

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Tampa for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 6.8% and the labor force participation rate is 64.7%.

Tampa Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.42
Average Family Size 3.22
Married Couple Families 48,213
Male Householder (no wife) Families 6,907
Female Householder (no husband) Families 22,794
Non Family Households
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex) 6.2%
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex) 0.9%