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Overview

Introduction to Tarpon Springs, Florida

Tarpon Springs, Florida, in Pinellas county, is 4 miles N of Palm Harbor, Florida (center to center) and 22 miles NW of Tampa, Florida. The city is part of the Tampa-Saint Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Tarpon Springs History

The earliest settlers at Tarpon Springs came in around 1880s and consisted mostly of Greek immigrants. The seabed in this area has huge colonies of sponges which attracted the Greeks, for whom sponge diving was a traditional occupation. The coast is also abundant with the Tarpon fish, hence the name of the city. The sponge industry flourished so much that Tarpon Springs went on to be known as the "Sponge Capital of the World." But the industry declined when contamination due to certain bacteria destroyed the sponge beds. The industry was revived again in the 1980s and continues to flourish.

Tarpon Springs and Nearby Attractions

  • Fred Howard Park.
  • A.L. Anderson Park.
  • Highland Nature Park.
  • Spongeorama.
  • Old Tarpon Springs City Hall.
  • Tarpon Springs Historic District.

Things To Do In Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs is blessed with enchanting bayous and parks. People enjoy fishing in fresh water, as well as in the deep sea. The beach is frequented by residents for swimming, beach games, picnic and boat launching. One can also visit the art galleries and antique shops at Tarpon Avenue. Many Greek festivals are held around the year, the most interesting being the Orthodox Epiphany Celebration, held in January.

Tarpon Springs Transportation

Air transportation is available at St Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport.

Tarpon Springs Higher Education

The Pasco-Hernando Community College serves the area.

People

Total Population 24,003
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 30.2%
Employed Population 16+ 9,214
Age of the Population 52

Families

% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,882
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,933
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,936

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,646
% Above Poverty Level 86%
% Below Poverty Level 14%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $814
Median House Value $164,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.4%
US/American 0.3%
English 8.3%
Irish 14.3%

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

Tarpon Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Palm Harbor, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles NW of Tampa, Florida
County Pinellas
Metro Area Tampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater
Standard Zip Codes 34688, 34689, 34690, 34691
Phone Area Codes 727
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.145
Longitude -82.756

Tarpon Springs 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 0.5 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 18.4 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 SAINT LEO
Distance 32.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dunedin 35,712 $60,808
New Port Richey 15,260 $38,575
Oldsmar 13,860 $59,181
Palm Harbor 59,769 $71,753
Port Richey 2,699 $56,250
Safety Harbor 17,142 $76,402

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

Tarpon Springs Hospitals

HELEN ELLIS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1395 S PINELLAS AVE
(727) 942-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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1300 SILVER EAGLE DRIVE
727-942-5419
Serves 2,252 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

TARPON SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL
1411 S GULF ROAD
727-943-4900
Serves 1,883 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

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