The 10 Best Tampa, FL Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Tampa are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Tampa.
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Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Tampa, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Tampa neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Tampa are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Tampa for 2019:

  1. Parkland Estates (Homes)
  2. Harbour Island (Homes)
  3. Bayshore Beautiful (Homes)
  4. Palma Ceia (Homes)
  5. Belmar Gardens (Homes)
  6. Sunset Park (Homes)
  7. Ballast Point (Homes)
  8. Bon Air (Homes)
  9. Virginia Park (Homes)
  10. Culbreath (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Tampa for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Parkland Estates looks to be the best Tampa neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Tampa that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Tampa.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Tampa hoods in 2019

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Tampa, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 72 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Tampa.” We’re lookin’ at you, Parkland Estates.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Tampa, Florida has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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10
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Population: 2,674
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $646,375 (1st best)
Median Income: $142,082 (1st best)
More on Parkland Estates: Homes For Sale | Data

Parkland Estates is a neighborhood within the city limits of Tampa, Florida. As of the 2000 census, the neighborhood had a population of 1,040. The ZIP Codes serving the neighborhood are 33606, 33609, and 33629.

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10
/10

Population: 3,273
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 15)
Median Home Value: $322,600 (14th best)
Median Income: $96,380 (11th best)
More on Harbour Island: Homes For Sale | Data

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10
/10

Population: 6,623
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $377,222 (9th best)
Median Income: $95,240 (14th best)
More on Bayshore Beautiful: Homes For Sale | Data

Bayshore Beautiful is a neighborhood within the city limits of Tampa, Florida. As of the 2010 census the neighborhood had a population of 5,931. The ZIP Codes serving the area are 33611 and 33629.

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10
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Population: 4,502
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $409,775 (8th best)
Median Income: $112,029 (6th best)
More on Palma Ceia: Homes For Sale | Data

Palma Ceia is a neighborhood located southwest of downtown Tampa, Florida and is bounded by Miguel Street West of MacDill Avenue and Neptune Street East of MacDill Avenue to the north; Bay to Bay Boulevard from Dale Mabry to Himes and El Prado between Himes and the Crosstown Expressway to the south; MacDill Avenue between Neptune and San Miguel, Dale Mabry Highway between San Miguel and Bay to Bay and Himes between Bay to Bay and El Prado to the west; and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway to the east. The street names throughout Palma Ceia are of Cuban origin, coming from streets in the old section of Havana. Historians say the most likely explanation is that Angel Cuesta, president of Cuesta, Rey Cigars, shared a map of Havana with developer Thomas Palmer while discussing the area.

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10
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Population: 1,578
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $375,650 (10th best)
Median Income: $106,292 (7th best)
More on Belmar Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data

Bel Mar Shores is a neighborhood within the city limits of Tampa, Florida. As of the 2010 census the neighborhood had a population of 438. This neighborhood is located within the ZIP Code 33629.

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10
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Population: 3,394
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $561,050 (2nd best)
Median Income: $135,728 (3rd best)
More on Sunset Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Sunset Park is a neighborhood within the city limits of Tampa, Florida. As of the 2000 census the neighborhood had a population of 3,520. The ZIP Code serving the neighborhood is 33629.

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10
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Population: 5,721
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $317,267 (15th best)
Median Income: $73,914 (20th best)
More on Ballast Point: Homes For Sale | Data

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10
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Population: 2,764
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $296,467 (16th best)
Median Income: $88,854 (16th best)
More on Bon Air: Homes For Sale | Data

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9.5
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Population: 5,484
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $361,625 (11th best)
Median Income: $99,392 (9th best)
More on Virginia Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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10
/10

Population: 1,712
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $508,020 (5th best)
Median Income: $139,733 (2nd best)
More on Culbreath: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Tampa

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Tampa where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Tampa aren’t all good. Orient Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Tampa.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Tampa For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Parkland Estates 2,674 $646,375 $142,082
2 Harbour Island 3,273 $322,600 $96,380
3 Bayshore Beautiful 6,623 $377,222 $95,240
4 Palma Ceia 4,502 $409,775 $112,029
5 Belmar Gardens 1,578 $375,650 $106,292
6 Sunset Park 3,394 $561,050 $135,728
7 Ballast Point 5,721 $317,267 $73,914
8 Bon Air 2,764 $296,467 $88,854
9 Virginia Park 5,484 $361,625 $99,392
10 Culbreath 1,712 $508,020 $139,733
11 Beach Park 3,781 $523,414 $113,685
12 Tampa-Bayshore Gardens 1,308 $150,950 $65,210
13 Davis Island 3,796 $503,200 $96,298
14 Golf View 1,427 $517,400 $115,844
15 Swann Estates 1,851 $445,033 $73,527
16 Hunters Green 6,409 $361,617 $97,597
17 Bayside West 5,110 $178,486 $52,413
18 Ridgewood Park 556 $203,600 $50,750
19 North Hyde Park 10,888 $254,353 $74,292
20 Palma Ceia West 1,486 $288,100 $96,251
21 Courier City 3,426 $249,750 $57,064
22 Channelside 3,154 $288,175 $78,576
23 Cory Lake Isles 4,484 $335,400 $99,862
24 Tampa Palms 16,608 $254,647 $75,022
25 Riverside Heights 2,958 $151,350 $60,344
26 Fairoaks 4,354 $208,340 $52,138
27 Gandy-Sun Bay South 14,906 $139,428 $57,714
28 West Meadows 10,690 $258,322 $89,702
29 South Seminol Heights 4,510 $153,117 $49,576
30 New Tampa 2,178 $244,500 $62,074
31 Oakford Park 3,912 $154,514 $35,818
32 Interbay 2,958 $152,080 $40,860
33 Rattlesnake 2,084 $117,640 $49,875
34 Seminol Heights 6,280 $131,633 $44,243
35 Bon Air North 932 $166,350 $51,793
36 Port Tampa City 4,512 $118,940 $55,133
37 Riverside 5,182 $115,417 $36,274
38 Lowry Park Central 14,235 $119,727 $38,960
39 Tampa International Airport Area 2,291 $164,500 $61,907
40 Wellswood 6,899 $131,140 $34,884
41 Forest Hills 7,882 $98,023 $44,221
42 West Shore Palms 1,273 $190,700 $49,959
43 Old Seminol Heights 7,487 $123,331 $43,396
44 Temple Crest 8,485 $100,100 $30,518
45 River Grove 2,523 $92,100 $35,906
46 Plaza Terrace 7,420 $115,812 $31,637
47 Northeast Macfarlane 8,612 $92,590 $35,937
48 Tampa Heights 6,548 $119,817 $37,011
49 Old West Tampa 5,943 $73,390 $28,904
50 Historic Ybor 1,999 $141,700 $39,158
51 University Square 7,120 $57,150 $33,567
52 East Tampa 21,044 $80,783 $30,418
53 Carver City 3,187 $102,100 $45,796
54 Temple Park 12,569 $87,375 $25,494
55 Ybor City 5,216 $82,486 $26,792
56 Downtown 1,897 $122,140 $30,119
57 Palmetto Beach 1,940 $86,125 $29,998
58 Sulphur Springs 11,408 $71,192 $31,421
59 North Tampa 7,465 $63,738 $24,792
60 Grant Park 1,303 $80,100 $26,924
61 West Riverfront 1,515 $21,625 $22,667
62 Beasley 292 $77,100 $26,007
63 Florence 584 $63,500 $26,806
64 Drew Park 1,613 $94,540 $28,344
65 East Ybor 1,145 $85,633 $23,582
66 Northview Hills 1,896 $43,620 $26,859
67 Northeast 2,256 $87,100 $24,771
68 Live Oaks Square 3,060 $84,425 $17,948
69 College Hill 1,225 $69,333 $25,735
70 Woodland Terrace 1,437 $98,067 $25,805
71 Highland Pines 1,170 $62,100 $28,848
72 Orient Park 720 $49,367 $23,805

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