Clearwater is the home of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The aquarium is home to the bottle-nose dolphin featured in the movie, Dolphin Tale.
The global headquarters of the Church of Scientology is located in Clearwater. The Church refers to Clearwater as their “Flag Land Base.”
Clearwater has a total area of 39.2 square miles, of which 25.6 square miles is land and 13.7 square miles is water.
The original inhabitants of what is now Clearwater were the Tocobagan Indian tribe. The first settlement of the area was around 1835 when the US Army built Fort Harrison as an outpost during the Seminole wars.
Clearwater has city partnerships with the following cities Nagano, Japan; Kalamaria, Greece & Wyong, New South Wales, Australia.
Clearwater’s economy employs nearly 50,400 people. Major employers include Morton Plant Hospital, Tech Data, and Honeywell.
Clearwater was first incorporated as a town in 1891 and then reincorporated as a city in 1915.
Clearwater holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most consecutive days of sunshine at 768.
Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County and is the smallest of the three principal cities in the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater metropolitan area, most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Are.
Cleveland Street is one of the city’s historic avenues, and the city includes BayCare Ballpark and Coachman Park.