Livability Score

80
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities B-

There are some amenities close to this location.
Coffee (62) F
Entertainment (138) F
Food and Drink (278) D-
Fitness (45) F
Groceries (56) A+
Parks (288) A+
Shops (327) C+
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 2.3% take public transportation in Tampa.
Public Transit Stops (2516)
Stops & Stations
A+
Workers Taking Public Transit
2.3%
F
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cost of living A+

The cost of living in Tampa is 99/100 - which is 1% higher than Florida.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
C+
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
A+
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crime D+

Tampa crime rates are 2,170 per 100k, which is 19% higher than Florida
Property Crime
1,674 crimes per 100k
B
Violent Crime
497 crimes per 100k
D-
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employment C-

The median income in Tampa is $55,634 - which is 14% higher than Florida.
Med. Household Income
$55,634
D
Unemployment Rate
3.8%
F
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health A+

There are some hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (112)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
B+
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
B-
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housing A+

Tampa home prices are $254,600 - which is 53% higher than Florida
Home Price
$254,600
B+
Home Appreciation Rate
32%
A+
Home Affordability
4.6x (home price to income ratio)
F
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schools C

The Tampa graduation rate is 83% - which is equal to Florida
School Test Scores
49%
F
High School Grad. Rates
83%
C-
Elementary Schools (225) F
High Schools (74) F
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ratings B-

Tampa has an overall rating of 68% from 37 reviews.
User Reviews (5)
From AreaVibes
C+
User Surveys (32)
From AreaVibes
B+
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Getting very pricey 3 rating By Anonymous ( Jan 18, 2021) Tampa has great vibes and views, but I think what this site fails to take into consideration is how fast the housing and rent prices are increasing. Just as an example, my rent increased by 50% in the past 3 years of living here. Literally. This is because there are so many new p ...Read More eople moving into the area, and it's not a cheap place to be despite not many jobs. Read Less
Bruce B. Downs Blvd - Tampa 0.5 rating By BobSa ( May 29, 2018) Tampa's Bruce B. Downs Blvd - Dangerous Intersection: 25,000+ Viewsby Robert F. Sawallesh, US Army Retired, USF Family Member Please sign and support this free petition to make the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, iQ Apartments and USF intersection more safe to enter and exit ...Read More . Google: . Over 25,000 views and 700+ signers. Active duty wounded and injured are treated at this Veterans hospital. USF students run and skateboard across this dangerous intersection. Please forward this Email to the USF and Veterans communities. To see video of this dangerous intersection go to YouTube and search "Sawallesh." Thank you! PS: Star rating for traffic engineering: Traffic engineering only receives half a star. A great community, otherwise to live in. Read Less
Tampa City Florida: The Perfect Winter City 3.5 rating By Anonymous ( Dec 19, 2014) I spent a few years living in Tampa in my early twenties when I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. I like the heat so I thought this was the perfect place to get away from snowy, cold grim New Jersey. When I lived in Tampa after I relocated from grey Patterson, I f ...Read More elt as if I had come alive. I later left because my husband got a job in Boston, but we still happily go back to visit Tampa at least once every two years.

Anyone who is looking to move here should know that the city climate is hot. Not a little bit hot but really, really hot. It's also quite humid. So if you can't stand really warm weather, this is not the place for you.

But if you love to swim in winter and hate the cold, this is an awesome choice. Unlike Miami about two hours to the east, Tampa is not quite the big city. It's a big city for Florida but not by world standards. But it is fairly compact and easy to get around in. You don't have to worry about a place to park on most days.

Mostly this is a town where you can stay outdoors for much of the year, enjoy beautiful public beaches and be around nature. I've seen at least a dozen birds in any given trip. I've also been able to have my pick of local bathing spots. Try Indian Shores to spend an entire day on the boardwalk next to the sand and the sea. The beach is only a quick walk from the boardwalk. There's lots of fun games kids can play if they get bored. Read Less
Tropical & Historic Tampa, FL 5 rating By Anonymous ( Nov 25, 2011) Being from a small town in Tennessee I just didn't think a trip to Florida would be that big of a deal, but it was. Vacation time is for going somewhere new and I found that going from one Southern state to another could be like going to another world.

My daughter and I chose Ta
...Read More mpa, Florida because of all the historic places nearby and in Tampa. The Ybor city district, which is a distinct neighborhood inside Tampa, Ybor has been declared a true National Historic Landmark because of the amount of historic places. One of the most beautiful buildings is the Old Tampa Bay Hotel and it is now a part of the University of Tampa. The building has huge arches and a very uncommon spire that you won't see just anywhere.

There are plenty of other tourist attractions such as Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and Lowry Park Zoo. Tampa also has over 2,000 acres of beaches just inside the city limits.

A variety of interesting food choices is available for every taste in this small part of tropical Florida. It isn't just the typical, touristy burgers, steaks and seafood. This is a place where you can satisfy a craving for the exotic, such as Cuban, Latin or authentic Greek cuisine which is what we did. Although the restaurant atmosphere is enjoyable you can enjoy most any meal outside on a patio or at the many sidewalks, table cafés.

Tampa is the fourth largest city in the Southeastern U.S. but like most Southern states you will experience all the down-home hospitality of a small town. Read Less
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Tampa City Florida: The Perfect Winter City 3.5 rating By Anonymous ( Dec 19, 2014) I spent a few years living in Tampa in my early twenties when I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. I like the heat so I thought this was the perfect place to get away from snowy, cold grim New Jersey. When I lived in Tampa after I relocated from grey Patterson, I f ...Read More elt as if I had come alive. I later left because my husband got a job in Boston, but we still happily go back to visit Tampa at least once every two years.

Anyone who is looking to move here should know that the city climate is hot. Not a little bit hot but really, really hot. It's also quite humid. So if you can't stand really warm weather, this is not the place for you.

But if you love to swim in winter and hate the cold, this is an awesome choice. Unlike Miami about two hours to the east, Tampa is not quite the big city. It's a big city for Florida but not by world standards. But it is fairly compact and easy to get around in. You don't have to worry about a place to park on most days.

Mostly this is a town where you can stay outdoors for much of the year, enjoy beautiful public beaches and be around nature. I've seen at least a dozen birds in any given trip. I've also been able to have my pick of local bathing spots. Try Indian Shores to spend an entire day on the boardwalk next to the sand and the sea. The beach is only a quick walk from the boardwalk. There's lots of fun games kids can play if they get bored. Read Less
Tropical & Historic Tampa, FL 5 rating By Anonymous ( Nov 25, 2011) Being from a small town in Tennessee I just didn't think a trip to Florida would be that big of a deal, but it was. Vacation time is for going somewhere new and I found that going from one Southern state to another could be like going to another world.

My daughter and I chose Ta
...Read More mpa, Florida because of all the historic places nearby and in Tampa. The Ybor city district, which is a distinct neighborhood inside Tampa, Ybor has been declared a true National Historic Landmark because of the amount of historic places. One of the most beautiful buildings is the Old Tampa Bay Hotel and it is now a part of the University of Tampa. The building has huge arches and a very uncommon spire that you won't see just anywhere.

There are plenty of other tourist attractions such as Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and Lowry Park Zoo. Tampa also has over 2,000 acres of beaches just inside the city limits.

A variety of interesting food choices is available for every taste in this small part of tropical Florida. It isn't just the typical, touristy burgers, steaks and seafood. This is a place where you can satisfy a craving for the exotic, such as Cuban, Latin or authentic Greek cuisine which is what we did. Although the restaurant atmosphere is enjoyable you can enjoy most any meal outside on a patio or at the many sidewalks, table cafés.

Tampa is the fourth largest city in the Southeastern U.S. but like most Southern states you will experience all the down-home hospitality of a small town. Read Less
Tampa, FL - By the Beautiful Bay 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( Apr 30, 2010) If I ever move to Florida, I'll definitely choose Tampa, FL. I've vacationed there several times, and find it irresistible. This beautiful, modern city curves around Tampa Bay; the bridges and palm-tree lined avenues offer stunning views, and it's so close to the Gulf Coast, that ...Read More it's a water lover's paradise. Sailing, fishing, watching gorgeous Gulf Coast sunsets, enjoying the plentiful fresh seafood, or just sitting by the water letting the breeze blow through your hair-there's always something to do and attractions to see in Tampa.

Within a 30 minute drive there are two baseball parks, the Tarpon Springs sponge docks, Heritage Village, and uncountable beaches. Take a dolphin cruise, a dinner cruise, or visit Haslam's, my favorite, fabulous book store in next-door St. Petersburg.

Yes, there are tourists in Tampa, and I can't complain because I've been one, but natives say that there are plenty of times during the year when Tampa is peaceful. The climate is great year-round, and Tampa is easy to reach by highway or air. Read Less

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Tampa, FL

Tampa is one of the largest cities in Hillsborough County, and is located on Florida’s West Coast. Situated on Tampa Bay, and near the Gulf of Mexico, close to 400,000 people call Tampa their home. The home and rental prices, plus the cost of living, are lower than the national average, making it an ideal place in which to move. The Tampa Bay Area is one of the largest metro areas in the county, and adds to the bustling feeling of the city.

If you are used to snow and ice, Tampa’s climate is much milder. It is warm and sunny during the spring and winter, but be prepared for humidity and lots of rain in the summer and the fall. The average year-round temperature is 60 degrees, though, so pack your bathing suit and rain gear!

Tampa has plenty of public transportation options, including streetcars and buses, and is nearby multiple airports and train stations. Consult maps if you think you will want to take these frequently. Those who like to travel by foot may like Bayshore Boulevard, a waterside walkway, or the River Walk, a pedestrian trail in Downtown Tampa.

There are plenty of attractions in Tampa. Downtown offers the Riverwalk, plus plenty of museums, cafés and shops. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, which features shows such as nationally-known musical acts and touring Broadway performances such as Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hansen and Anastasia, is located nearby, so you can stroll and then experience dinner and a show. See animals at the Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa, Busch Gardens Tampa or on a dolphin cruise. Get a taste of history at the Henry B. Plant Museum and in Ybor City as you see buildings from a time gone by, cobblestone streets and plenty of roosters. If you love the outdoors, go to Lettuce Lake Regional Park or the Courtney Campbell Trail. End the day by taking in an NHL game at the Amalie Area, or by going out to eat for classic Cuban sandwiches, crabs, shrimp or another dish for which Tampa is known. If you are in the city in January, do not miss Gasparilla Pirate Day and Fest.

It is easy to get used to life in the Sunshine State. People are friendly, the weather is ideal and there are plenty of things to see and do. Southern hospitality meets modern amenities in Tampa. You can ask for directions, if you ever get lost, and know that others will return the favor. It is easy to know your neighbors here, but big enough to never feel a lack of job, cultural or recreational opportunities. Move there for a change of pace and a more relaxing lifestyle.

B- Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Tampa? Yes, there are some amenities close to this location.

Parks

Riverside Park
Unknown Name
Oakdale Playground
Plymouth Park
Drew Playground
Rey Park
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Complex
Phillips Park

Entertainment

Downtown Rotary Pavillion
Rialto Theater
Raymond James Stadium
Pirate Ship
Straz Center for The Performing Arts
R. K. Bailey Art Studios
Scarfone/Hartley Gallery
Tampa Museum of Art

Food & Drink

McDonald's
Dunkin'
The Cotton Club
China Wok
Winn-Dixie Liqour Store
Bay Cannon Beer Company
Popeyes
Astro Craft Ice Cream

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Tampa? Of all people who commute, 2.3% take public transportation in Tampa.
Drive to Work
74%

2% lower than the US average

Take Public Transit
2%

3% lower than the US average

Walk to Work
2%

equal to the US average

A+ Health & Safety

Is Tampa a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

Bayshore Doctors' Offices
Tampa General Hospital
Eye Institute
MacDill Air Force Base Clinic
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Kindred Hospital - Bay Area -Tampa
HCA Florida - South Tampa Hospital

Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
Publix
Walgreens
CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
Express Specialty Pharmacy

Doctors

Tampa General Hospital Family Care Center Kennedy
Sue H. Schler, M.D.
Malcolm Root, MD and Howard B. Heidenberg, DO, Urology
Meridian Research
Dr. Angie Pei
BioDesign Wellness Center | Functional Medicine Clinic
MinuteClinic
Childrens Medical Services

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