Health Assessment Of Hillsborough County, Fl

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With great attractions like Busch Gardens, Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa Lowry Park and Zoo and plenty of fine and cultural dining locations, Hillsborough County makes an exciting place not only to visit but live. It is located on the west coast of central Florida. Even though Hillsborough County has 3,671 cities, towns, and other populated areas, Hillsborough County has 10 cities which includes Tampa, Brandon, Town ‘n’ Country, Greater Carrollwood, Egypt Lake-Leto, University, Plant City, and Lake Maga, but only three are incorporated cities which include Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace.
With a population of 1,277,746 in 2012 from 646,939 in 1980 and expected to grow up to 1,439,000 in 2020, this area has grown double in 32 years. There are slightly more women compared to men at 51.8% to 48.2%. This is near the national average. In 2010, the median age of the area was 36.1 years old and the highest percentage age group ranged from 45-49 years old. The majority of the population at 71.8% is Caucasian then Hispanics is 25.1%. The Hispanic or Latino population includes Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban. The strong history of Cuban migrants leads to 5.3 % of Hillsborough county population. African American or Black is 16.9 %. The diversity in the area is also noted with a mixture of American Indian and Alaska Natives, Asians, Asian Indians, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Mexican and Puerto Ricans as a small minority.
A variety of industries in the area provide diversity in employment for the residents of major Federal interstates I-4, I-75, and I-275 which run through Hillsborough County, in
International Tampa Airport, Port of Tampa, and Amtrak station, it makes sense that Trade, Transportation, and Utilities would make the largest of 19.5% of employment in the area. A close second of employment is Professional and Business Services at 18.1%. PricewaterhouseCoopers alone provides employment to approximately 2,200 people. The University of South Florida, University of Tampa, and School District of Hillsborough County (SDHC) all require a large amount of employees. SDHC is 3rd largest school district in Florida and 8th largest district in the United States. Being one of the hot spots for vacationing in sunny Florida, Leisure and Hospitality follow in 4th with 10.3%. The rest of employment range from Financial Activities, Public administration, Construction and others which only include 9% or less for each. Even with so many employment opportunities in the area, the unemployment rate is still at 10.5%. In addition, 15.1 % of residents live in poverty. This is slightly higher than the Florida average of 14.9. African-Americans or Black residents being the largest at 30.5% and Hispanics being 20.2%. Fifty-five percent of those in poverty in the age of 18-64 years old. With so many in poverty, public assistance is being used to help those in need. Supplemental Nutritional...

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