Key findings

  • Brandon has a Livability Score of 79/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Brandon crime rates are 19% higher than the Florida average
  • Cost of living in Brandon is 3% lower than the Florida average
  • Brandon real estate prices are 7% lower than the Florida average
  • Rental prices in Brandon are 8% higher than the Florida average

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      Brandon, FL

      Brandon is technically an unincorporated city in Florida. It is part of the greater Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater metropolitan area. It is part of Hillsborough County and has a population of around 80,000 people. Brandon does not have beaches like its neighboring cities, but it does still have plenty of activities to keep you and your family engaged. It is close to the west coast to allow for short commutes to the Gulf of Mexico year-round.

      There are both affluent neighborhoods and more family-friendly neighborhoods throughout Brandon. More affluent living is found on streets such as Bell Shoals Road, Grand Isle Drive and Provide Run Boulevard. Family-friendly homes are found among Lakewood Drive, East Brandon Boulevard and West Bloomington Avenue. Many neighborhoods offer enhanced security to keep you and your loved ones safe a swell such as the neighborhood found along the Town Center.

      Brandon offers a significantly lower cost of housing than the rest of Florida and the rest of the nation. The average price of a home in the city is only around $120,000. The average price of rent including amenities is about $750 a month. There are so many ways to save money in this beautiful town.

      Brandon also hosts a significantly lower cost of living on other bills as well. Utilities are significantly lower on average than those in the rest of the country and Florida as well. Groceries are slightly more expensive, however. Transportation costs are also slightly more expensive due to the location that Brandon is in, with it being in close proximity to some of the major cities in Florida.

      The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit offers public bus routes that assist locals in getting around Brandon and in commuting. The bus routes are able to service both the specific city and the other cities among Hillsborough County. The buses that travel to other areas are express buses. There is also an airport which is under 30 minutes away called the Tampa International Airport.

      Brandon's most popular sport is professional wrestling. Currently, NXT Wrestling calls Brandon home. Fitness is a theme throughout the city, however, with the Brandon Running Club. There are multiple outdoor sites for recreation as well including Paul Sanders Park. Sports-related activities are not all there is to do, however. There are also shows to be seen at the Brandon Ballet Company or the Florida Academy for Performing Arts.

      Brandon, Florida is a city with a great location and great costs of living. It is within a short distance to many of the largest metropolitan areas in Florida, and it remains one of the safest cities in Florida. Fitness is of top priority to locals of Brandon, though there are also exquisite shows to be seen at the multiple performing arts centers.

      Top Rated Schools in Brandon

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Limona Elementary SchoolPK - 565466%
      Burns Middle School6 - 81,29964%
      Brooker Elementary SchoolPK - 598263%
      Mintz Elementary SchoolPK - 587757%
      Kingswood Elementary SchoolPK - 547253%
      Schmidt Elementary SchoolPK - 565045%
      Mann Middle School6 - 896842%
      Yates Elementary SchoolPK - 572541%
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      Brandon Reviews

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      urban sprawled mess
      Attractions2/10
      Community2/10
      Nightlife2/10
      Dining2/10
      Shopping5/10
      The growth in Riverview, Brandon and Valrico Florida is unsustainable for the existing infrastructure. The last 5 years has brought an extreme rise in insurances and rent costs. The urban sprawl has contributed to dangerous roadways and increased crime. You got to be crazy to move here.
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      Brandon, FL - A Great Place To Live
      Attractions9/10
      Community7/10
      Nightlife8/10
      Dining8/10
      Shopping9/10
      My family lived in Brandon, Florida for about five years. I truly enjoyed living there. There was so much to do and so many attractions to see in Brandon and in the surrounding areas. Brandon has the beach and a lot of great nearby attractions. If you are someone who likes to shop and love to find great bargains, you should check out Brandon Town Center. People come from all over just to experience shopping at the town center.

      I used to really enjoy attending the Brandon Hot Balloon Festival. People from all over the United States gather at the festival and you are able to check out all of the really cool looking high air balloons. The really cool thing about the city of Brandon, Florida is that Tampa is just minutes away, this is pretty cool because if you just want to experience a good time in a city that is not really as big as some other well-known cities in Florida, then Brandon is the place to be. If you want to experience that big city living, then you can head on over to Tampa. The people of Brandon are very friendly, so don't be afraid to speak to strangers, they are always very accommodating.
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      Source: The Brandon, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).