TAMPA — Tampa is now the 53rd largest city in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Tampa's new population estimate, 340,882 people, is based on the recently released population estimate from July 1, 2008.
The city's population growth from 2007 to 2008 of 5,404 people surpassed the Santa Ana, Calif., growth of 1,863, Tampa city officials said in a statement.
Santa Ana was ranked 53rd last year and is now ranked 54th with 339,130 people. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Tampa's population increased by 37,418, or 12.3 percent, since the 2000 count.