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Overview

Introduction to Clearwater, Florida

First incorporated as a town in 1891, and then reincorporated as a city in 1915, Clearwater is located on the Florida's central Gulf coast in Pinellas County. It is the county seat of Pinellas county. Clearwater is thirty-five minutes west of Tampa, and thirty minutes northwest of St Petersburg.

The original inhabitants of what is now Clearwater were the Tocobagan Indian tribe. The first settlement of the area was around 1835 when the US Army built Fort Harrison as an outpost during the Seminole wars. During the civil war, Clearwater was repeatedly raided by Union gunboats after Clearwater's supplies.

Clearwater is conveniently located near two major airports: Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport. It is also near several major highways.

Clearwater was a "finalist community" for the coveted National Civic League "All-America City Award" in 2004. Clearwater is home to the worldwide "spiritual headquarters" of the Church of Scientology, also known as "Flag Land Base". Clearwater was also home to the first Hooters Restaurant. One Fortune 500 company, Tech Data, is headquartered in Clearwater. Many more are headquartered in nearby Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Clearwater High School has received the "Five Star School Award" from the Florida Department of Education as a school that has shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.

Clearwater Arts and Culture

Clearwater provides easy access to all of the fun and leisure attractions of nearby Tampa and St. Petersburg. Some attractions of note in and around Clearwater include:

  • Clearwater's magnificent beaches
  • The Clearwater Fine Arts Show
  • The Clearwater Pier 60 Make A Difference Children’s Fishing Tournament
  • The Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • The Dunedin Fine Art Center/ David L. Mason Children's Art Museum
  • The Florida Botanical Gardens
  • The Gulf Coast Museum Of Art
  • Heritage Village
  • The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
  • The Medieval Brass Rubbing Center and Museum
  • Moccasin Lake Nature Park
  • Sunsets at Pier 60, Pier 60, Clearwater Beach
  • The Pinewood Cultural Park

For sports fans, Clearwater is home to the Philadelphia Phillies for spring training. The Phillies play their spring exhibition games at Clearwater's Bright House Networks Field. Clearwater is also home to a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team, the Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League. The Threshers are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

There are many other sports attractions in nearby Tampa, including:

  • The Arena Football League's (AFL) Tampa Bay Storm
  • Major League Baseball's (MLB) Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • The National Hockey League's (NHL) Tampa Bay Lightning
  • The National Football League's (NFL) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For college sports fans, nearby Tampa is also home to college football's Outback Bowl.

People

Total Population 109,210
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 21.3%
Employed Population 16+ 49,344
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.9%
Median Earnings25+ $31,536
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,943
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,722

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,982
% Above Poverty Level 83.9%
% Below Poverty Level 16.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.4%
Median Gross Rent $957
Median House Value $153,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.3%
Irish 11.9%

Clearwater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 20 miles W of Tampa, Florida
County Pinellas
Metro Area Tampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater
Standard Zip Codes 33755, 33756, 33759, 33760, 33761, 33762, 33763, 33764, 33765, 33767
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33757, 33758, 33766
Company Zip Codes 33769
Phone Area Codes 727
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.965
Longitude -82.8

Clearwater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station TARPON SPRINGS SWG PLNT
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 50 to 72 F
Apr Temp 61 to 81 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 65 to 85 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches
Station TAMPA INTL AP
Distance 16.3 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
Station PARRISH
Distance 36.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Clearwater, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Clearwater Beach (33767)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belleair 3,903 $92,557
Belleair Beach 1,705 $90,893
Belleair Bluffs 2,098 $58,750
Dunedin 35,538 $59,495
Largo 78,391 $51,545
Safety Harbor 17,017 $77,290

Clearwater Public Libraries

Library
Pinellas Public Library Cooperative
1330 CLEVELAND STREET
Clearwater, Florida
(727) 441-8408
Library Web Site

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Clearwater Hospitals

MORTON PLANT HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
300 PINELLAS ST
(727) 462-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Clearwater High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

COUNTRYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
3000 STATE ROAD 580
727-725-7956
Serves 2,388 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

CLEARWATER HIGH SCHOOL
540 S HERCULES AVENUE
727-298-1620
Serves 2,131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

PAUL B. STEPHENS ESE CENTER
2935 COUNTY ROAD 193
727-725-7982
A Special Education School
Serves 228 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.2

HOSPITAL/HOMEBOUND
1960 DRUID ROAD E
727-462-1515
A Special Education School
Serves 199 students.

CALVIN A. HUNSINGER SCHOOL
1863 BETTY LANE N
727-469-4260
A Special Education School
Serves 158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

PTEC - CLEARWATER - TEAM
6100 154TH AVENUE N
727-538-7167
A Non-traditional School
Serves 88 students.

EWES - E-NINI-HASSEE CAMP
100 N STARCREST DRIVE
727-461-2990
Serves 68 students.

DEES - PTEC CLEARWATER
6100 154TH AVENUE N
727-588-6020
A Special Education School
Serves 64 students.

EWES - E-KEL-ETU CAMP
100 N STARCREST DRIVE
727-461-2990
Serves 61 students.

EWES - E-MA-CHAMEE CAMP
100 N STARCREST DRIVE
727-461-2990
Serves 56 students.

EWES - E-HOW-KEE CAMP
100 N STARCREST DRIVE
727-461-2990
Serves 55 students.

EWES-ECKERD YOUTH CONSERVATION
100 N STARCREST DRIVE
727-461-2990
Serves 49 students.

EWES-ECKERD YOUTH CHALLENGE
100 N STARCREST DRIVE
727-461-2990
Serves 49 students.

EWES - E-TU-MAKEE CAMP
100 N STARCREST DRIVE
727-461-2990
Serves 48 students.

EWES-ECKERD INTENSIVE HALFWAY
100 N STARCREST DRIVE
727-461-2990
Serves 31 students.

EWES-ECKERD LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
100 N STARCREST DRIVE
727-461-2990
Serves 30 students.

PTEC - CLEARWATER
6100 154TH AVENUE N
727-538-7167
A Vocational School
Serves 1 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0

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