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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 108,287
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 54,440
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 44.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.3%
Median Earnings25+ $36,794
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,775
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,254

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,081
% Above Poverty Level 88.6%
% Below Poverty Level 11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 27%
Median Gross Rent $1,083
Median House Value $147,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.3%
Irish 10%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station PLANT CITY
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
Station TAMPA INTL AP
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
Station PARRISH
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lakeland 101,302 $47,929
Mulberry 3,900 $44,163
Plant City 36,382 $49,821
Tampa 355,603 $54,280
Temple Terrace 25,354 $67,290
Zephyrhills 14,275 $51,966

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brandon Hospitals

BRANDON REGIONAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
119 OAKFIELD DR
(813) 681-5551
Emergency Service: Yes

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Brandon High Schools

BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL
1101 VICTORIA STREET
813-744-8120
Serves 2,039 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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