Tampa is a large coastal city. It is the county seat of Hillsborough County. It is located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay and is part of the Greater Tampa Bay area. The city has a total area of 170.6 square miles and half the housing are single-family homes with the rest being high rises and small condo. Tampa is one of the most popular destinations in Florida. The city has a population of 358,699 and is the third largest community in Florida.
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The city boasts many museums, including the Museum of Science and Industry, The Tampa Museum of Art and the former World War II Victory Ship, now a museum ship, the SS American Victory, docked in downtown’s Channel District. Tampa has much to offer in the way of fine dining, with cuisine from all over the world. The city of Tampa has over 156 parks and 2,286 acres of beaches within the city limits and 42 more in the surrounding suburbs, totaling 70,000 acres, including the Hillsborough River State Park. The city is also home to a number of attractions and theme parks, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, Lowry Park Zoo, and Florida Aquarium.
Tampa has a mayor and city council.