Historically, Tampa has been an integrated city. American Indians called the area Tanpa, which means 'sticks of fire.' has since been mispelled as 'Tampa' In 1885, Don Vincente Martinez Ybor moved his cigar factory from Key West to Tampa. Until the Cuban Revolution and subsequent American ban on Cuban exports, Ybor City housed 200 factories and employed 12.000 people making and wrapping cigars. Today, 18 and 19% of Hillsborough County and Tampa City residents are Hispanic with Blacks making up another 25% of the population.
Large companies headquartered in the area include Tech Data, Jabil Circuit, Outback Steakhouse, and Raymond James Financial. Companies with large presences in the area include Bank of America, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase Manhattan. Major sports team include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (football), Devil Rays (baseball), and Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey). Tampa and its Legends Field is the spring training home to Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. A major amusement park is Busch Gardens.
Tampa is also home to MacDill Air Force Base. MacDill AFB is home to the 6th Air Base Wing supporting US Central Command. Approximately 6000 airmen and civilians are housed on 5000 acres. The MacDill AirFest is a large airshow in May that attracts 750.000 observers annually.
In 1891 Peter Demens arrived in the Iamosa Colony. A former captain of the Imperial Guard at the palace of Czar Alexander II, Demens named St. Petersburg, Florida, after the city where he had been born located in the current Russian Federation.
The city holds the Guiness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine, 768 days, beginning in 1967. The average temperature is 23.1c/73.7f. With an average of 361 days of sunshine, St Petersburg truly earns the title of 'The Sunshine City.
Among the attractions is an area known as The Pier, the Sunken Gardens and the United States Open Air Post Office. Listed on the National Register in 1975, the Post Office is a 1916 Mediterranean Revival building. It is open on three sides to allow access to services and boxes at all times. In 1969, one of the walls was reconfigured to allow for air-conditioning and heating. This was the brainchild of a retired Canadian/Scottish architect named Stuart.
The term Snow Birds is used by local residents to describe the influx of retirees moving south for the winter, following the migratory pattern of birds. Given the warm year-round climate, not surprisingly, the majority of these individuals settle in Pinellas County, Florida. Pinellas County is the St. Petersburg side of Tampa Bay. Proportionally, there are more pensioners living in Pinellas County, including Clearwater and St Petersburg than Miami-Dade County and Miami.