From country to a nature-rich coastline Pasco County, Florida has a little bit of something for everyone. Pasco County features a pro-business government leadership in a right-to-work state with local incentives, low operating costs, and no personal state income tax, ranking the fourth best tax climate in the United States.
The location provides easy access to the Tampa Bay region which features Tampa International Airport, one of the top 5 international airports in the United States, as well as Port Tampa Bay, the closest U.S. deep-water port to the Panama Canal. All of this growth has attracted many new residents to Pasco County, about 150,000 over the past decade to be precise. It’s easy to see why they chose Pasco when the cost of living is an average of 54 percent lower than places like New York City and Silicon Valley.
This massive influx of people has brought workers with new skills and expertise that has traditionally only been seen in major metropolitan cities. Pasco’s workforce has increased by 37 percent over the last 10 years (American Community Survey 2011 and 2021)! This increase in experience and skill-level has drawn more advanced industries to Pasco County from companies like TRU Simulation + Training, a full-flight motion simulator company, as well as health research giants Moffitt Cancer Center. Moffitt is currently developing Speros FL, a 775-acre research and corporate innovation district that will bring an additional 14,500 high-skill, high-wage jobs to the area. Speaking of jobs, Florida ranks number one in the nation for attracting and developing a skilled workforce (Lightcast’s November 2022 annual Talent Attraction Scorecard ), with an education system ready to train students for these high-skill jobs.
BLUE SKIES AND GOOD TIMES
Twenty-one percent of young adults migrating to Tampa from outside Florida moved from major Northeast U.S. cities (migrationpatterns.org). Now where do all these young professionals live and enjoy their free time? They can choose from multiple vibrant historic downtowns or over 30,000 acres of master planned developments. These master planned developments are incorporating a mixture of residential living, small and large businesses, trails, and excellent dining and entertainment options, promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from dozens of parks and bike trails to explore throughout the county. The Suncoast trail is a 42-mile trail in Pasco County that connects users across Tampa Bay. It will eventually connect with trails all-across Florida through the Coast-to-Coast Trail. For those who like even more of a challenge, many cyclists enjoy the rolling hills of San Antonio and the historic downtown in Dade City.
If trails and inland parks aren’t your style, you can tackle your next unforgettable ﬁshing or scalloping trip on Florida’s Sports Coast in Pasco County with over 24 miles of coastline to explore. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, it is the perfect place for an angling adventure. With key sport ﬁsh like red drum, spotted sea trout and common snook, our temperate coastal waters have been luring scores of ﬁshermen here for years.
For a more relaxed waterfront experience, Anclote Island State Park is a tropical paradise just off the coast of Pasco County. Residents have been boating and exploring the island and nearby sand bars for years. A 15-minute boat ride makes you feel like you are on a tropical vacation in your own backyard, literally.