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Image of Clearwater BeachClearwater, Florida is a progressive city that is committed to enhancing residents' lives while preserving a heritage that is rich in culture and exquisite in landscape. Here you'll find everything you could expect from a tropical paradise - and much more.

Origins

Literally translated "Clear Water" from the native Indian "Pocotopaug", the area was named for its abundant fresh springs along the shore. Settled by colonists in the mid-1830s, it was not until the 1890s that Clearwater gained a reputation as a resort community.

For additional information, please visit the Clearwater Historical Society Web site.

Clearwater Today

Today, fun 'n sun lovers still come from around the world, and although Clearwater is a great spot to get away, it's an even better place to live. Our community is friendly and socially responsive, and our City government is economically active and environmentally conscious. The City provides citizens with the programs and resources they need, and the amenities they desire. 

Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County and is located on the highest coastal bluff in Florida. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Clearwater is over 108,000 residents (demographic profile)

Two major airports are conveniently nearby: Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport. In addition, Clearwater is also home to the Clearwater Coast Guard Air Station. The downtown area is the gateway to the beautiful Clearwater beaches and the Coast Guard Station on Sand Key. Public Transportation is available in the form of the Jolley Trolley (and the Jolley Trolley Tracker Mobile App) and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).