Brandon is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a total population of 103,483.
Its history began on January 20, 1857, when John Brandon (1809–1886) arrived at Fort Brooke (now Tampa) from Mississippi with his first wife Martha (1813–1867) and six sons. At first he moved his family to what is now the Seffner area. Then in August 1858, John Brandon, purchased 40 acres (160,000 m2) in the New Hope area (now Brandon) and 160 acres (0.65 km2) later on and then named his land Brandon. John and his second wife Victoria’s house was located on what would become the corner of Knights and Victoria Street. Four years later, the New Hope Church was built on land donated by Brandon. Besides being the first church in the community, it also served as Brandon’s first school.
Brandon, like the Tampa Bay area, has a humid subtropical climate. Unlike Tampa and Pinellas County, Brandon will typically have a few nights below freezing each year due to its greater distance from the coast. The summers are long and hot, and average 85 degrees; winters are mild and dry, averaging 62 degrees. Brandon, like the rest of the Tampa Bay area, receives abundant rainfall, as it receives 44 inches (1,100 mm) of rain annually. Brandon’s winters may have low temperatures in the 30s for more than four days while Tampa can have low temperatures in the 40s and 50s in that same period of time.
Known for being a bedroom community for Tampa, Brandon boasts many characteristic establishments that have lasted over a quarter of a century. Brandon is the birthplace of Beef O’Brady’s, a family-oriented bar and grill chain restaurant with locations throughout the southeastern United States.
Brandon is home to Westfield Brandon (originally Brandon Town Center), AMC the Regency 20 movie theatre and the Florida Academy for the Performing Arts based at Music Showcase. It also has a running club called the Brandon Running Association.
Be sure to spend some time in Brandon on your next visit to Florida.