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Why Choose Tampa Bay

Don’t just take our word for it. Tampa Bay is an impressive place to live, work and play! Check out our Tampa’s Top of the List – our rundown of the most recent top lists Tampa Bay has appeared on:

Top City for Veterans

Tampa ranked No. 9 for best places for military veterans in the U.S. due to Tampa's livability, affordability, and veteran friendliness, according to WalletHub.

Best Foodie City

"Craving something new and different in the world of gormet dining? Tampa holds the 12th spot on the list of Best Foodie Cities in America for 2018, according to WalletHub."

We're Number One!

"Tampa lays claim to one of the fastest growing economies in the US and is popular with both career seekers and retirees."

The Best Place to Live in Florida

Now being called the "best place to live" in Florida, Tampa Bay just keeps getting better and better. According to the ranking and review site Niche, four of the top five best places to live in Florida are part of Tampa's own backyard.

Top 5 Moving Destination

Named a top 5 moving destination, the Tampa Bay area proves yet again to be a highly coveted place to live.

#1 for Female Entrepreneurs

Tampa takes the number one spot when it comes to female entrepreneurs. Successful businesswomen will be the first to tell you that Tampa city leaders are helping cultivate their ideas, taking them to the next stratosphere.

Top for Amenities

Florida ranked first for restaurants, amusement parks and arcades per capita, and ranked third for most fitness centers per capita.

Most Affordable Market for First-Time Homebuyers

Tampa Bay is the most affordable market for first-time homebuyers, based on several variables including median home value, forecasted growth in home value and share of listings with a price cut.

Top "Tree City"

Tampa has been named the top “Tree City” in the world! Surprised? Researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab used Google Street View data to measure urban “green canopy” which they call the "aboveground portion of trees and vegetation."

Top 5 Buy Market

An online real estate transaction platform ranked Tampa among its top 5 “buy markets” in a report on U.S. office markets, making it ideal for property investors.

Best-Performing Large Cities

It isn’t just Tampa Bay’s skyline that’s growing. The metro area ranked No. 15 on the Milken Institute’s "Best-performing large cities" list for 2017, up 18 positions from 2016.

Best for Staycation

A recent study from WalletHub named Tampa as the country's sixth best overall city for a staycation, out of 182 of the nation's most populated cities!

Friendliest City

Tampa claims a spot on the friendliest cities list. It also was named one of the best cities for new parents to call home.

Tampa's Top Domestic Airport

Tampa ranks at the top for having one of the country's best domestic airports. Out of 10, Tampa came in at #4.

Tampa General Hospital

For the fifth year in a row, Tampa General Hospital has been named one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker's Healthcare. It’s the only hospital on Florida’s west coast, and one of only three hospitals in the state to make this year’s list.

Top 10 Most Affordable Cities

Named one of the top 10 most affordable cities in the country, Tampa’s low cost of living and higher salaries makes it a desirable place to live.

Top Startup Area

The Tampa Bay metro is among the top startup areas in the South. A study cites both the number of venture capital investments and dollar volume.

Most Affordable to Retire In

Florida tops the list for the most affordable state to retire in. The data studied includes factors such as cost of living, amenities, attractions and senior health services.

Best City to Find a Job

Tampa ranks in the top 20 for best cities to find a job in 2018. WalletHub compared 182 of the most populous US cities based on 26 metrics (like employment growth, median salary, unemployment rate, average work and commute time and housing affordability.)

St. Petersburg for Biking

St. Petersburg is the top-ranked city in the state for biking, 11th in the nation.

203 Parks

With 203 parks in Tampa, 62 percent of local residents are within a 10-minute walk to one – well above the national average.

Top 20 for Best Big Cities

Tampa receives a spot on WalletHub’s Top 20 list for Best Big Cities to Live. Two other Florida cities were ranked, but Tampa comes in highest at #16 while Jacksonville & Miami are further down on the list.

A Top City for First-Time Buyers

Tampa comes in second as a major destination for first-time home buyers. Using metrics from several different sources, Tampa's neighbors in St. Pete and Clearwater also made the list.