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Tampa: A Popular American City

Tampa is a city in Hillsborough County, Florida. It is located on the west coast of Florida along the Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico. Today, Tampa is part of the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the “Tampa Bay Area.” Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes in 2008. It also ranks 5th as the most popular American city based on where people want to live. Tampa is home to a variety of stage and performing arts venues and theaters including The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, the Tampa Theatre, and the Gorilla Theatre. The museums in the Tampa area cover a wide array of subjects and studies. From the Museum of Science and Industry to the Tampa Museum of Art, there is a subject for everyone to enjoy. For foodies, Tampa has a diverse culinary scene that features everything from small cafes and bakeries to bistros and farm-to-table restaurants. If you’re a sports fan, you won’t be disappointed: the NFL’s The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays, and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning all reside within the city. With an avid arts and culinary scene and a solid athletic foundation, Tampa appeals to people from every walk of life!