Ruskin, Florida Real Estate and Community Information
Ruskin is located in Hillsborough, Florida and is included in the 33570 and 33575 zip codes. The population of the community is 17,208 residents according to 2014 population count.
The community is coastal in location with seven neighborhoods and with the presence of the coastline and inlets many people, both residents and visitors visit the area and take in the scenery or water related activities. The cost of living in the Ruskin area is considerably less than the national and state average.
The economy in Ruskin and the surrounding area is strong and continues to thrive due to an ever changing and attractive downtown and the proximity to cruise ship terminal. The business friendly climate is attractive to both small and large businesses and that helps to keep the economic engine running.
The winter months in Ruskin are mild and that feature is attractive for those who desire warmer climates and an escape from snow, ice and freezing cold temperatures.
Ruskin is a mixed white collar/blue collar community and enjoys a low unemployment rate which means the area successfully attracts skilled and experienced workers. Residents will find employment opportunities in the surrounding area that employ 3,000 or more include Hillsborough County School District, MacDill Airforce Base, Busch Gardens, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Publix Supermarkets and the Hillsborough County Government.
The community is within the Hillsborough County Public School district and provides educational opportunities for children in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. It is the 8th largest school district in the nation. Of the 297 schools in the district there are elementary, middle and high schools located within the Ruskin community. The overall district goal is to empower its students to strive to reach their fullest academic potential by constantly challenging students with rigorous class work that leads to college readiness and careers. The district educates children from Kindergarten to grade 12. The school district is highly rated by students, parents and educational professionals. The district has 13 A-rated high schools where students consistently score high grades on state mandated tests. There is also a private school in Ruskin offering educational opportunities for children in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. For more information about the public schools, please visit here.
There are more than 20 colleges and universities with 25 miles of Ruskin and include Hillsborough Community College, Eckerd College, the University of South Florida (St. Petersburg Campus) and the University of Tampa and the International Academy of Design and Technology. The colleges and universities offer a variety of career and tech opportunities, as well as a variety of diplomas, certificates and degrees.
The educational opportunities for children, including elementary, middle and high school and college help to make the community attractive to families with school age children.
Perspective residents will find a variety of real estate available in the community and it includes single and multi-family homes, condominiums and townhouses, modular and mobile homes and undeveloped property suitable for residential development. Prices for the real estate vary, but are in the affordable range especially for first time home buyers and retirees. The median home price in Ruskin is less than the national and state average
Many of the homes in Ruskin were built recently in family friendly neighborhoods and with the influx of residents in recent years demonstrate a robust economy and employment and amenities are conveniently located.
Perspective residents who would rather rent than purchase property will find a variety of units for rent. Renters will find rents less than the national and state average. People searching for real estate in the community should contact Bethany Ezell and Kesia Thompson real estate agents. They have the experience to help home buyers find just the right home to fit their needs and their budget. They will be especially helpful to the first time home buyer as they navigate their way through the home buying process.
Parks and Recreation
Residents that like to stay active, especially out of doors will appreciate the facilities and programs the community and the surrounding area has to offer. Residents will find a variety of community and neighborhood parks, sports fields and courts, playgrounds and tot lots, barbecue and picnic areas with and without shelters, and restrooms in some locations. There are also hiking trails and walking and bicycling trails, bird watching and nature observation areas, wetlands areas and scenic beauty.
Many of the sports fields and courts are suitable for league play and families will find a variety of sports programs for children, youth and adults. Several of the recreational areas offer camping, fishing and boating and other water related activities. Residents and visitors will also find community gardens, historic sites, fitness centers, picnic shelters and meeting rooms for rent and designated pet areas. For more information, please visit here.
Attractions and Events
It is important to check out things to do and community events when considering a home in a new location. Residents will find a variety of things to do in Ruskin and they include an Outdoor Learning Center, fishing, drive-in movie theaters, U-Pick Produce and Fruit Farms, family fun centers, barbeque centers, beaches, charter fishing expeditions and other water related activities, horseback riding, museums and theater. Sports fans will appreciate McKechnie Field, home to minor league baseball and the practice field for the Pittsburg Pirates. Families will also find activities suitable for children.
Community events often tell the story of the neighborhoods and the community and are often the tie that binds it all together. The Ruskin community and area offer a variety of annual events for the entire family and include seasonal and holiday parades and celebrations, holiday craft fairs, food and music festivals, charitable events and anniversaries and day of remembrance.
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