Clearwater is a city located in Pinellas County, Florida, United States, northwest of Tampa and St. Petersburg. To the west of Clearwater lies the Gulf of Mexico and to the southeast lies Tampa Bay. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 107,685. Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County and is the smallest of the three principal cities in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area. Clearwater encompasses the zip codes 33763, 33764, 33758, 33755, 33759, 33757, 33766, 33761, 33769, 33762, 33760, 33756, 33767, and 33765.
Median house prices in Clearwater and Clearwater Beach range from $150,000 – $3.6 million.
St. Petersburg College
Clearwater High School
Delphi Academy of Florida
Clearwater Academy International
Originally part of Hillsborough County, the first road joining Clearwater and Tampa was built in 1849, which dramatically reduced the prior day-long commute between the cities. In 1915, a bridge was built across Clearwater Harbor, joining the city with Clearwater Beach to the west. Clearwater Beach, although located on a separate barrier island, belongs to the city of Clearwater and fronts the Gulf of Mexico. A new, much higher bridge now arcs over the bay, replacing the former drawbridge; the connecting road is part of State Road 60 and is called Clearwater Memorial Causeway. Tampa International Airport serves Clearwater and the rest of the Tampa Bay Area as the primary means of air travel. St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport has also seen its usage increase. The city owns Clearwater Air Park.
Clearwater’s downtown has been undergoing major redevelopment in recent years. General beautification has been done along with completion of several high-rise condos and a large marina. New bars, restaurants and other amenities are coming to the area, renamed the “Cleveland Street District”. Royalty Theatre is also slated to be renovated. Spectrum Field in Clearwater is the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies, as well as their High-A affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers. Another feature is Coachman Park which hosts events throughout the year. The city is separated by the Intracoastal Waterway from Clearwater Beach. Clearwater is the home of Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where bottlenose dolphins Winter and Hope live. The downtown core is approximately 2 miles (3 km) from Clearwater Beach and 6 miles (10 km) from downtown Dunedin. The drive to both places and many parts of downtown itself feature views of the water and the Clearwater Memorial Causeway. Moccasin Lake Nature Park is a 51-acre nature preserve with a 5-acre lake that is owned and operated by the city. The Center features live rehabilitated birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians and aquatic wildlife. The City of Clearwater contains five pools: Ross Norton, North Greenwood, Morningside, the Longcenter, and Clearwater Beach. These pools have participated in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson.
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