Tampa, Florida Population 2021

404,636
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Tampa is a city located in Florida. With a 2020 population of 404,636, it is the 3rd largest city in Florida (after Jacksonville and Miami) and the 47th largest city in the United States. Tampa is currently growing at a rate of 0.61% annually and its population has increased by 20.53% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 335,709 in 2010. Tampa reached it's highest population of 404,636 in 2021. Spanning over 176 miles, Tampa has a population density of 3,549 people per square mile.

The average household income in Tampa is $87,818 with a poverty rate of 18.60%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,131 per month, and the median house value is $238,900. The median age in Tampa is 35.7 years, 35 years for males, and 36.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.2 males.

Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida near the Gulf of Mexico on Tampa Bay. 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.

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 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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 65.41%
  • Black or African American: 23.62%
  • Asian: 4.31%
  • Two or more races: 3.86%
  • Other race: 2.46%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Tampa, Florida is 404,636, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 397,232.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 335,709.

Tampa, Florida Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20213,275,20040,1901.23%
20203,235,01040,1801.24%
20193,194,83040,1801.26%
20183,154,65047,7301.51%
20173,106,92057,9601.87%
20163,048,96065,0302.13%
20152,983,93056,5301.89%
20142,927,40046,8601.60%
20132,880,54036,9001.28%
20122,843,64030,3701.07%
20112,813,27024,9000.89%
20102,788,3700.00%

Tampa Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White253,73865.41%
Black or African American91,62723.62%
Asian16,7084.31%
Two or More Races14,9603.86%
Some Other Race9,5432.46%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0680.28%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2720.07%
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Tampa Population by Race

Tampa Population Pyramid 2021

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Tampa Median Age

35.7


Total

35


Male

36.2


Female

Tampa Adults

There are 304,728 adults, (47,774 of whom are seniors) in Tampa.

Tampa Age Dependency

51

Age Dependency Ratio

18.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Tampa Sex Ratio

Female

199,782

51.50%

Male

188,134

48.50%

Tampa Population by Age

Tampa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Tampa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.8%29.2%
All48.6%51.4%
Male42.7%57.3%
Non Family36%64%
Female35.4%64.6%

48.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Tampa Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All152,2962.4748.6
Non Family68,4601.3236
Married53,9663.2570.8
Female22,1713.7935.4
Male7,6993.4142.7

3.28

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

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Tampa Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade12,8034.86%
9th to 12th Grade19,1947.28%
High School Graduate67,42525.59%
Some College42,20016.02%
Associates Degree20,1897.66%
Bachelors Degree61,43923.32%
Graduate Degree40,24715.27%
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Tampa Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Tampa Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White127,250120,91167,901
Hispanic65,90551,63015,460
Black56,29446,6549,431
Asian12,39110,7487,812
Multiple Races6,8205,6412,311
Other Race6,6985,0601,731
Native American645542141
Islander24524572

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 asian people with a rate of 63.05%.

Tampa Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,689$45,445$33,567
Less Than High School$21,178$24,583$16,781
High School Grad$26,274$29,573$22,124
Some College$35,530$41,250$31,687
Bachelors Degree$53,223$63,591$45,364
Graduate Degree$80,130$100,271$62,428

$39,689

Average Earnings

$45,445

Average Male

$33,567

Average Female

Tampa Earnings by Educational Attainment

Tampa Language by Age

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Tampa Language

71.98% of Tampa residents speak only English, while 28.02% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.71% of the population.

Tampa Language

Tampa Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black89,72127,17230.28%
Hispanic100,12323,93223.90%
White166,12517,13310.31%
Multiple14,4182,96620.57%
Other9,3402,58727.70%
Asian16,3331,88211.52%
Native1,04230329.08%
Islander2644617.42%

18.60%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.91%

Male Poverty Rate

20.19%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tampa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tampa is Black, with 30.28% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tampa is White, with 10.31% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.37%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.85%.

Tampa Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School35.77%
High School20.45%
Some College14.29%
Bachelors or Greater5.80%

Tampa Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed46.94%
Male Unemployed42.36%
Female Employed9.50%
Male Employed6.29%

Tampa Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Tampa Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,833$87,818
Families$69,097$110,193
Married Families$97,154$140,842
Non Families$37,912$57,651
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Income by Household Type

Tampa Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.6%

Male Marriage Rate

36.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Tampa Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Tampa Marital Status

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21,464

Number of Veterans

18,696

Male Veterans

2,768

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War6,192
Vietnam6,002
Second Gulf War5,994
Korea1,009
World War II614

Tampa Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 546,602
55 to 644,621
65 to 744,311
75+3,491
18 to 342,439

Tampa Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White15,4557.50%
Black4,9397.50%
Hispanic3,0463.97%
2 or More4184.68%
Asian3282.45%
Other3064.13%
Indian182.31%

Tampa Veterans by Race

Tampa Veterans by Education

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10.39%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tampa Veterans by Education

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65.7%

Labor Force Participation

60.9%

Employment Rate

6.3%

Unemployment Rate

Tampa Employment by Age

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Tampa Employment by Race

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Tampa Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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42.23%

Born in Florida

82.77%

Native Born

17.23%

Foreign Born

8.93%

Non Citizen

8.30%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.77% of Tampa residents were born in the United States, with 42.23% having been born in Florida. 8.93% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Tampa Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021404,6362,4680.61%
2020402,1682,4680.62%
2019399,7002,4680.62%
2018397,2326,2061.59%
2017391,02610,6822.81%
2016380,3448,8802.39%
2015371,4648,8002.43%
2014362,6647,4922.11%
2013355,1727,0822.03%
2012348,0905,5011.61%
2011342,5895,5361.64%
2010337,05333,6061.06%
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 by Year