US News examined the 100 most populous cities in the country to identify the best places to live in 2017. In order to create their list, US News took into account several factors: affordable housing, access to well-paying jobs, a low cost of living and good schools. The data was then arranged into 5 categories: Job Market, Value, Value, Quality of Life, Desirability, and Net Migration.
*The Gasparilla Pirate ship rests next to the Tampa Convention Center at sunset
Tampa ranked 35th, the second best ranked city in Florida behind only Sarasota. The website noted a high quality of living, a steady job market and good salaries as reasons for Tampa’s position on the list. Our burgeoning downtown area continues to attract large companies as the destination for their headquarters, all while still maintaining our status as one of the premier spots for startups in the US. Incubators like Tampa Bay Wave have helped nurture and foster growth in the small business sector and inspire confidence in Tampa as a new hub for the tech industry.
*View of the iconic Tampa Theatre
While Florida remains a tourist destination, Tampa’s historic Ybor City, the rising Seminole Heights neighborhood and the ever-expanding Tampa Riverwalk give our city a signature that can’t be imitated. It is a destination to live, work and play, as has been touted many times over the past few years.
*View from the Bay Harbor Hotel in Tampa
US News also noted Tampa’s proximity to the internationally renowned shores of St. Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach as added benefits. Tampa offers the thrills of a large city with the luxury of a beach escape. Our neighbors in St. Pete have also helped build up Tampa Bay as a whole. Foodie spots, breweries, distilleries and major sports/arts events are popping up on both side of the Howard Frankland, which have helped instill a sense of regionalism. Those who live in St. Pete are spending their weekend exploring the Burg and South Tampa. Tampa residents are catching the sunrise on Bayshore Boulevard and watching the sunset at North Shore Park.
*University of Tampa’s historic minarets burst into the sky
Other aspects that played into Tampa’s ranking were out bike share program, water taxi system, consistent activation of downtown parks and the number of new housing developments, along with home values. You can see the full list here.
*Article by Andrew Harlan ([email protected]), writer/editor of That’s So Tampa