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Cities in the Spotlight: Tampa

Tampa may be a good spot if you want to live on the Gulf Coast.

Tampa may be a good spot if you want to live on the Gulf Coast.

Florida is a popular destination for many people, and if you enjoy the city but still want a short ride to the beach, packing and moving to Tampa may be the right choice.

The city has a population of more than 346,000, which makes it the third-largest city in the state of Florida. When combined with St. Petersburg and Clearwater, it is the second-largest metropolitan statistical area in the Sunshine State.

Weather in Tampa Bay is similar to much of the rest of Florida. The average summer high temperature is 90 degrees, while the average winter low is 52 degrees, according to The Weather Channel. This area is highly rainy, especially during the summer months, which is a common trait in the state.

Those looking to live near the beach are in luck. The city is located on the Gulf Coast, as opposed to many areas on, or near the Atlantic Ocean. This gives a different offering of beach life. However, if you prefer the oceanside beaches, those are only a couple hours away.

There are multiple education options for those looking for a two-year or four-year college. The University of South Florida is located in Tampa, and the school is one of the many in the state university system. The University of Tampa is also located in the city, as well as St. Petersburg College, which is located nearby.

Tampa is the home of teams from three of the four major sports. The National Football League's Buccaneers play in Raymond James Stadium, while the National Hockey League's Lightning play in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Additionally, Major League Baseball's Rays play in Tropicana Field in nearby St. Petersburg. Those looking for college sports can also watch South Florida's teams, which play in and around the city.