Clearwater 1Clearwater is a city located in Pinellas County, Florida. Located west of Tampa, across Old Tampa Bay, the city is a part of the Tampa Bay metropolitan area and is home to over 107,600 residents, and is actually the third-largest city in the Tampa Bay metro area. It is also the county seat of Pinellas County. Clearwater was first incorporated in 1891, and then again in 1915. During World War II Clearwater was used as a training ground for troops going off to fight in the war; every hotel in the city was continuously booked by the army and used as troop barracks, and vehicular traffic was often disrupted by soldiers marching in drill. The army, however, has long since left Clearwater, and the city today is a popular snowbird destination, making it a popular area for carriers and customers alike.

Basic Facts About Clearwater

  • Current population: 107,600
  • Current mayor: George N. Cretekos
  • Total area: 39.2 sq mi
  • Official website:
  • Located in: Pinellas County
  • Founded in: 1891 (first incorporation)
  • Zip codes: 33755-33766, 33769
  • Area codes: 727

Auto Transport Tips to and from Clearwater

Clearwater is a popular snowbird destination. The term snowbird is used for customers that own winter homes in Florida and other southern states and summer homes in New England and other northern states, and switch between the two during the appropriate seasons. Abandoning the harsh northern winters for the milder climes of Florida is actually a pretty popular thing to do; snowbirds make up the majority of the routes during the fall and early winter, and they are a driving factor behind lower prices into and out of Florida during the fall and spring, respectively.

Though Clearwater is a large part of the Tampa Bay metro area, and a popular snowbird destination due to its location on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s not the most popular destination for auto shippers. The Tampa Bay metro area is – don’t get us wrong here. But there are other parts of the metro area that, on the whole, are far easier for auto shippers to get into and out of than Clearwater. Carriers will likely be willing to travel there, and it likely won’t cost a lot more, but shipping to somewhere like Tampa proper may save you a bit of cash, if you’re shipping on a budget, and it may also speed up pickup by a day or two, if you’re pressed for time.

Of course, this is mostly speculative; depending on the conditions of the industry at the time of your move, things may change. Auto shippers may be going into and out of Clearwater in droves for some reason, and there are dozens of factors that can affect price and carrier availability that can change as quickly as day-to-day. Talk to your auto transport representative to get all the facts on your shipment and to discuss options for lowering your price or getting your vehicle picked up more quickly. If you need to get in touch with someone, fill out our free online quote form; you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen.

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