Safety Harbor, Florida

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Safety Harbor is a city on the west shore of Tampa Bay in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. It was incorporated in 1917. The population was 17,203 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 17,550.[1]

It is governed by an elected Mayor and City Commission. City governmental departments are administered by a City Manager, who is appointed by the City Commission.



Safety Harbor is located at 28°0′17″N 82°41′43″W / 28.00472°N 82.69528°W / 28.00472; -82.69528 (28.004654, -82.695320)[3]. The harbor or bay of the same name on which it is located is the nearly-landlocked far northwestern extension of Tampa Bay, and the city is located on the west side of that bay.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.1 km² (5.1 mi²). 12.7 km² (4.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (2.57%) is water.

Safety Harbor's tree-lined streets and quaint, "small-town" appearance are unusual in heavily-urbanized Pinellas County.

The CSX railroad branch line from Tampa to St. Petersburg bisects Safety Harbor. Passenger trains last used the line in 1984.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 17,203 people, 7,084 households, and 4,845 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,350.0/km² (3,498.3/mi²). There were 7,483 housing units at an average density of 587.2/km² (1,521.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.23% White, 4.14% African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.65% of the population.

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