Palm Harbor, Florida

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Palm Harbor, Florida

Introduction to Palm Harbor, Florida

Palm Harbor is an unincorporated community located in the northern part of Pinellas County, Florida. It is situated on Florida's Gulf Coast, about 23 miles northwest of Tampa and 25 miles north of St. Petersburg. Surrounding communities include Tarpon Springs (to the north), Dunedin and Clearwater (to the south), Oldsmar (to the east), and Ozona (to the west).

Palm Harbor and its neighboring community of Ozona were originally settled by J.C. Craver in 1877. Known at first as Sutherland (a contraction of Southern Land and Development Company, the group responsible for the original formation of the community in 1888), the community's name was switched to Palm Harbor in 1925. Despite its humble beginnings in citrus farming, Palm Harbor has in recent years become one of the most affluent communities in the Tampa Bay area.

Arts and Entertainment in Palm Harbor

Palm Harbor is home to the North Pinellas Historical Museum, an historic home built around 1915 by Judge Thomas William Hartley, one of the area's early settlers. The museum features a variety of exhibits on the history of Palm Harbor and surrounding communities, focusing on the period comprising first settlement in the 1800s up to the present day. Outdoor recreation is also plentiful in Palm Harbor. Due to its direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Palm Harbor offers facilities for fishing, boating, and diving. For land recreation, the Pinellas Trail offers 34 miles of jogging, biking, strolling, and other forms of outdoor activities. There are also public parks for barbecues and picnics, as well as fields for baseball, softball, and soccer.

The Tampa Bay area offers a wide variety of popular attractions, including the following:

  • Adventure Island (Tampa)
  • Busch Gardens (Tampa)
  • The Florida Aquarium (Tampa)
  • Gulf Coast Museum of Art (Largo)
  • Florida Museum of Natural History (Tampa)
  • Florida Strawberry Festival (Plant City)
  • Florida International Museum (St. Petersburg)
  • Gasparilla Pirate Festival (Tampa)
  • Lowry Park Zoo (Tampa)
  • Salvadore Dali Museum (St. Petersburg)
  • The Florida Botanical Gardens (Largo)

The Tampa Bay area is also home to some of Florida's top sports teams, including football's Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays (MLB), and hockey's Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL). Baseball of the minor league variety can be found in Tampa, home of the Tampa Yankees (Class single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees) and in Clearwater, home of the Clearwater Threshers (Class single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies). Springtime visitors can catch some Grapefruit League action at the following nearby Spring Training sites:

  • Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Legends Field in Tampa (New York Yankees)
  • Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 13% Palm Harbor Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 17% Palm Harbor People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Palm Harbor, Florida

Comparing Palm Harbor 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
Age of the Population 10 8
Senior Citizens 10 8
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 8
Male Share of the Population 2 4
Racial Diversity 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 8
Average Household Size 2 4


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 8
Short Commute Times 4 4
Walking and Biking to Work 4 4
Public Transportation Use 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 6
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 4
People Living Alone 6 5
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 5

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Palm Harbor Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 20 miles NW of Tampa, Florida
County Pinellas
Metro Area Tampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater
Standard Zip Codes 34683, 34684, 34685
P.O. Box Zip Codes 34682
Phone Area Codes 727
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.077
Longitude -82.763

Palm Harbor Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.1 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
Distance 16 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 35.1 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 72 F
Apr Temp 58 to 84 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 63 to 85 F
Annual Precip 53.8 inches
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Palm Harbor Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 59,248 100%
Male 27,855 47%
Female 31,393 53%
Under 18 12,320 20.8%
18+ 46,928 79.2%
65+ 13,837 23.4%
Median Age 43.2
Average Family Size 2.79
White 56,780 95.8%
African-American 574 1%
Asian 760 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 112 0.2%
Other 358 0.6%
Mixed Race 650 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,047 3.5%

Palm Harbor 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
German 15.2%
Italian 13%
Irish 12.9%
English 11%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.6%
US/American 7.3%
Polish 4.3%
French (except Basque) 3.2%
Greek 3.1%
Scottish 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
Dutch 1.6%
Swedish 1.6%
Hungarian 1.2%
French Canadian 1%
Norwegian 0.9%
Russian 0.9%
Welsh 0.8%
European 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Canadian 0.7%
British 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Portuguese 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Egyptian 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Palm Harbor 59,248 $52,925
Belleair 4,067 $96,400
Clearwater 108,787 $46,228
Dunedin 35,691 $47,620
Oldsmar 11,910 $53,142
Safety Harbor 17,203 $59,911
Tarpon Springs 21,003 $46,316

Starbucks in Palm Harbor

(As of 2005)
4940 Ridgemoor Blvd.
Hwy 19 & Nebraska Ave.
33840 U.S. Hwy. 19 North

Wal-mart in Palm Harbor

(As of 2006)
35404 Us Highway 19
(727) 784-8797
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