Tampa is a city in the county of Hillsborough County, Florida. It is located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of MexicoAs of 2012 the city had a population of close to 350,000 people. Tampa is part of the metropolitan area commonly known as the Tampa Bay Area. The icty is a part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Area.
This four county area is composed of close to three million residents, making it the 2nd largest metropolitan area in the state, behind only Miami. Tampa was ranked as the fourth best outdoor city by Forbes in 2009. The city also ranks as the fourth most popular American city, based on where people want to live (this according to a Pew Research Center study in 2010).