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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,244
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens30.1%
Employed Population 16+9,476
Age of the Population52

Families

% of people married47.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.1%
Median Earnings25+$31,715
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,428
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,809

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,860
% Above Poverty Level85.8%
% Below Poverty Level14.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone33.9%
Median Gross Rent$805
Median House Value$166,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.7%
Irish14.9%
German14%
Greek11%
Italian10.2%
English7.8%
Dutch3.1%
French Except Basque3.1%
Polish3%
Scottish2.5%
Arab0.9%
Czech0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Swedish0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Lithuanian0.6%
Syrian0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Russian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Turkish0.4%
Serbian0.4%
US/American0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Guyanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Tarpon Springs Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pinellas County, Pasco County
Standard Zip Codes34688, 34689, 34690, 34691
Phone Area Codes727
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude28.15
Approximate Longitude-82.68

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)

StationTARPON SPRINGS SWG PLNT
Distance0.5 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
Distance18.4 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
Distance32.6 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
Dunedin35,882$60,100
New Port Richey15,503$39,970
Oldsmar14,023$66,196
Palm Harbor60,236$72,572
Port Richey2,731$49,620
Safety Harbor17,268$77,500

Tarpon Springs Hospitals

Florida Hospital North Pinellas
(Non-profit)
1395 S Pinellas Ave
(727) 942-5000

Tarpon Springs Public Schools

Brooker Creek Elementary School
3130 Forelock Rd
ZIP: 34688
(727) 943-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 507
East Lake High School
1300 Silver Eagle Dr
ZIP: 34688
(727) 942-5419
High
Total Enrollment 2091
East Lake Middle School Academy Of Engineering
1200 Silver Eagle Dr
ZIP: 34688
(727) 942-5419
Middle
Total Enrollment 388
Plato Academy Charter School Tarpon Springs
2795 Keystone Rd
ZIP: 34688
(727) 793-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Sunset Hills Elementary School
1347 Gulf Rd
ZIP: 34689
(727) 943-5523
Primary
Total Enrollment 543
Tarpon Springs Elementary School
555 Pine St
ZIP: 34689
(727) 943-5500
Primary
Total Enrollment 644
Tarpon Springs Fundamental Ele
400 E Harrison St
ZIP: 34689
(727) 943-5508
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Tarpon Springs High School
1411 Gulf Rd
ZIP: 34689
(727) 943-4900
High
Total Enrollment 1402
Tarpon Springs Middle School
501 N Florida Ave
ZIP: 34689
(727) 943-5511
Middle
Total Enrollment 873

Tarpon Springs Private Schools

First Christian Academy
2795 Keystone Rd
ZIP: 34668
Elementary
Total Enrollment 97
Solid Rock Community School
1350 E Lake Rd N
ZIP: 34688
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 104
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