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Overview

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 History

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).

People

Total Population59,769
Male Share of the Population46.3%
Female Share of the Population53.7%
Senior Citizens26%
Employed Population 16+27,348
Age of the Population50

Families

% of people married51.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.8%
Median Earnings25+$38,606
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,941
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,389

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,753
% Above Poverty Level91.6%
% Below Poverty Level8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home7.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone35.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,095
Median House Value$169,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.7%
US/American0.1%
English11.8%
Irish16.4%

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

Palm Harbor Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City20 miles NW of Tampa, Florida
CountyPinellas
Metro AreaTampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater
Standard Zip Codes34683, 34684, 34685
P.O. Box Zip Codes34682
Phone Area Codes727
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude28.077
Longitude-82.763

Palm Harbor Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationTARPON SPRINGS SWG PLNT
Distance5.1 miles
Jan Temp50 to 72 F
Apr Temp61 to 81 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp65 to 85 F
Annual Precip52.4 inches
StationTAMPA INTL AP
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp52 to 70 F
Apr Temp62 to 81 F
Jul Temp75 to 90 F
Oct Temp68 to 84 F
Annual Precip44.7 inches
StationSAINT LEO
Distance35.1 miles
Jan Temp48 to 72 F
Apr Temp58 to 84 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp63 to 85 F
Annual Precip53.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belleair3,941$90,972
Clearwater110,381$59,547
Dunedin35,712$60,808
Oldsmar13,860$59,181
Safety Harbor17,142$76,402
Tarpon Springs24,003$60,646

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

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1900 OMAHA STREET
727-669-1131
Serves 2,325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

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