Brandon, Florida

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Brandon, Florida

Introduction to Brandon, Florida

Brandon is an unincorporated community located in Hillsborough County, Florida. The community is situated about 10 miles east of Tampa, near Florida's Gulf Coast. Easily accessible from Interstates I-4 and I-75, Brandon is the largest unincorporated community in the state of Florida.

Named for founder and landowner John Brandon, the community originated in the late-nineteenth century and has since grown in spurts; at first sporadically until around 1950, when a real growth period began. By the early 1960s, Brandon's population was around 8,000 and it was estimated that on average a new family moved into town every day. By the late 1980s, the population had climbed to around 100,000 with over 2,500 businesses having sprung forward. Although still unincorporated, Brandon has grown by leaps and bounds and today could well be considered a major urban area, with an ongoing influx of new public schools, corporate centers and industries.

Things to Do in Brandon

Located within minutes of downtown Tampa, Brandon combines small town living with easy access to the big city. There is plenty to do within Brandon itself, but even more when including the beaches and attractions nearby. Brandon is home to Westfield Shoppingtown (originally known as Brandon Town Center), a 900,000+ square-foot shopping facility and the Tampa area's premier shopping destination. One of Brandon's most notable annual events is the Brandon Balloon Classic. Held every April, the two-day celebration features over 50 hot air balloons from all over the country.

The city of Orlando is about 90 minutes away from Brandon. In addition to Walt Disney World, attractions in the Orlando area include Universal Studios and Sea World Florida. The Tampa area, only minutes away, has its own share of popular attractions, including the following:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: An African-themed family entertainment park with a combination of world-class animal habitats, thrilling rides, live entertainment, dining, and shopping.
  • The Florida International Museum (St. Petersburg): Features a permanent Kennedy Exhibition in addition to a variety of changing exhibits.
  • The Florida Aquarium: Includes over 10,000 plants and animals, plus exhibits featuring Australian sea dragons and invertebrates.
  • Florida Holocaust Museum: The fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the country.
  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI): The largest science center in the Southeast with 450 interactive activities.
  • Tampa Museum of Art: Exhibitions range from contemporary to classic with a permanent collection of Greek and Roman antiquities.
  • WildLife on Easy Street: More than 200 big cats and other animals.

Sports fans can enjoy professional action of both the major league and minor league variety in nearby Tampa, home to the following teams:

  • Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
  • Baseball: Tampa Bay Devil Rays (MLB)
  • Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
  • Arena Football: Tampa Bay Storm (AFL)
  • Minor League Baseball: Tampa Yankees (Single-A affiliate of the N.Y. Yankees)

Tampa is also the Spring Training site of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. The city of Lakeland, less than 30 minutes away, is home to the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Lakeland also serves as the Detroit Tigers Spring Training site.

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High Points

Brandon strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Florida):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 12% Brandon Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 14% Brandon People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Brandon, Florida

Comparing Brandon to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Florida (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 8
Female Share of the Population 6 4
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Male Share of the Population 5 7
Well-Paid Single Men 5 7
Age of the Population 5 2
Senior Citizens 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 9
Average Household Size 7 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
Median Family Income 6 9
College Educated Adults 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 6
Short Commute Times 4 3
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Public Transportation Use 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 4
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
People Living Alone 3 2

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Brandon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Hillsborough
Metro Area Tampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater
Standard Zip Codes 33510, 33511
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33508, 33509
Phone Area Codes 813
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.937
Longitude -82.286

Brandon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 72 F
Apr Temp 59 to 83 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 70 F
Apr Temp 62 to 81 F
Jul Temp 75 to 90 F
Oct Temp 68 to 84 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 72 F
Apr Temp 59 to 81 F
Jul Temp 72 to 90 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 52 inches
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Brandon Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 77,895 100%
Male 37,743 48.5%
Female 40,152 51.5%
Under 18 20,943 26.9%
18+ 56,952 73.1%
65+ 6,801 8.7%
Median Age 34.3
Average Family Size 3.1
White 63,798 81.9%
African-American 7,213 9.3%
Asian 1,865 2.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 315 0.4%
Other 2,668 3.4%
Mixed Race 1,964 2.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 9,882 12.7%

Brandon Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.2%
German 11.6%
US/American 10.5%
Irish 10%
English 9.8%
Italian 6.9%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
Polish 2.5%
Scottish 2.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
European 1.3%
Dutch 1%
Norwegian 0.9%
Jamaican 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
British 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Russian 0.5%
Portuguese 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
African 0.2%
Trinidadian and Tobagonian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Brandon 77,895 $56,931
Lakeland 78,452 $40,468
Mulberry 3,230 $28,860
Plant City 29,915 $43,328
Tampa 303,447 $40,517
Temple Terrace 20,918 $56,809
Zephyrhills 10,833 $33,502

Brandon Hospitals

(813) 681-5551
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Brandon

(As of 2005)
Brandon Town Center
459 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon Town Center Dr.
11045 Causeway Blvd
Target Brandon T-812
187 Brandon Town Center Dr

Wal-mart in Brandon

(As of 2006)
949 East Bloomingdale Ave.
(813) 681-8136
11110 Causeway Blvd
(813) 661-4426
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Brandon High Schools (2004)

Serves 2,039 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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City, State Similarity   1 Person Houses 65+ College Grads Commute Minutes Family Income Kids 0-4 Non White Pop. Poverty Prop. Crime Seasonal Housing Viol. Crime
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1. Katy, Texas 90.8   17.8% 8.1% 23.5% 34 $57,741 7.5% 16% 11,775 8.4% 56.2 0.4% 9.9
2. Ocoee, Florida 89.1   13.8% 7.3% 22.5% 30 $56,865 8.4% 18.5% 24,391 5.6% 53.7 0.5% 5.7
3. Apopka, Florida 88.9   18.9% 10.1% 22% 31 $49,380 8.5% 26.2% 26,642 9.5% 60.9 1.3% 9.5
4. Longwood, Florida 87.2   19.8% 12.4% 22.3% 26 $55,758 6.2% 12.7% 13,745 6.6% 43.7 0.3% 7.1
5. Arlington, Texas 85.4   24.8% 6.1% 30.4% 28 $56,080 8.3% 32.3% 332,969 9.9% 58.8 0.3% 5.7
6. Vallejo, California 82.4   22.8% 11.2% 21.1% 37 $56,805 7.2% 64% 116,760 10.1% 49.8 0.3% 8.5
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