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It's not very often that we come across a major U.S. city with 339,124 residents and a crime rate almost 20% below the national average. So, if you haven't thought about living in one of Tampa's super safe neighborhoods, you should start. There's no better place to start than HomeSnacks' list of the best neighborhoods in Tampa for 2020; and for your convenience, we've provided the list below.
But, before we give you the goods, you should know how we determined The Big Guava's best neighborhoods. Since median income is usually a major factor in picking an affordable neighborhood, we took those numbers as well as median home prices for each area and ran them through our SnackAbility formula. Included in this formula were also things like jobs, safety, and amenities. The competition was fierce -- only one neighborhood scored less than perfect. And since Tampa's 1,500 members of law enforcement are working hard at to keep Tampa one of the safest cities in the country , it sounds like you'll be happy in any one of Tampa's 72 neighborhoods--it's just going to be a matter of preference at this point.
So, here are a few pointers:
If you want to live where there are pocket parks, top notch schools, close to water Ballast Point is a great option. If you have a job that pays you at least $150,000/year, the homes in the Culbreath neighborhood are easy on the eye and the bank account. And if you want a neighborhood with other young professionals, Harbour Island is an urban playground that's both walkable and bikeable.
Want to know more? We suggest you grab a freshly squeezed OJ, find a sunny spot at the bay, and read on.
Besides the great people who live in this west coast Florida city, one of the best things about Tampa's neighborhoods is that you can hop on the TECO Streetcar anytime to check out what's happening around the city. Heck, if you live in the Palma Ceia or Bayshore Beautiful neighborhoods, you can use it to cruise Bayshore Boulevard all day.
So, what is the best neighborhood in Tampa? That distinct honor goes to Parkland Estates.
To see the Tampa neighborhoods that gave Parkland Estates a run for their money, take a look below.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Tampa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How We Determined The Best Tampa, FL Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Tampa, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- 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.
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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