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Clearwater Facts

  • Geographic location is latitude 27.9655 and longitude -82.800
  • It is located on the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast of Florida
  • It was originally inhabited by the Tocobagan Indians
  • Settled by European colonists in the mid-1830s
  • The area started to gain reputation as a resort community in the 1890s
  • The Town of Clearwater was incorporated in 1891
  • Clearwater was re-incorporated as a city on May 27, 1915
  • 2022 population estimated at 119,000
  • Land area: 25 square miles (65 square km)
  • Clearwater Beach is about 3 miles (4.8 km) long
  • Clearwater Beach is separated from the Clearwater mainland by the intracoastal waterway
  • The climate type is humid subtropical
  • Almost half the annual rainfall occurs in four months from June to September
  • Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County
  • Nearby airports: Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport
  • Form of government: Council / Manager

  • From the 2021/2022 Annual Operating and Captial Improvement Budget report:
    • City property tax millage rate: 5.955
    • Taxable property value: $13 billion
    • General Fund budget: $165 million
    • General Fund revenues: $165 million
    • Capital Improvement Program budget: $134 million
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