These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Tampa


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

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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:

  1. Harbour Island
  2. Parkland Estates
  3. Palma Ceia
  4. Sunset Park
  5. Bayshore Beautiful
  6. Belmar Gardens
  7. Davis Island
  8. Beach Park
  9. Swann Estates
  10. Golf View

Read on to see how we determined the places around Tampa that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Tampa?

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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 70 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, Harbour Island.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Tampa 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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1. Harbour Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,868
Median Home Price: $339,100
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%

2. Parkland Estates

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,106
Median Home Price: $619,575
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%

3. Palma Ceia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,538
Median Home Price: $347,138
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

4. Sunset Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,282
Median Home Price: $580,950
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%

5. Bayshore Beautiful

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,576
Median Home Price: $458,511
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

6. Belmar Gardens

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,594
Median Home Price: $296,000
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

7. Davis Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,618
Median Home Price: $580,450
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

8. Beach Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,974
Median Home Price: $534,943
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

9. Swann Estates

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,787
Median Home Price: $435,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

10. Golf View

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,508
Median Home Price: $469,725
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,204
Unemployment Rate: 0.1%

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Tampa

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

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Tampa:

  1. Orient Park
  2. Highland Pines
  3. East Ybor

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Tampa

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Harbour Island 1 2,868 $339,100 1,204 1.3%
Parkland Estates 2 2,106 $619,575 1,204 2.7%
Palma Ceia 3 4,538 $347,138 1,204 2.4%
Sunset Park 4 3,282 $580,950 1,204 1.9%
Bayshore Beautiful 5 6,576 $458,511 1,204 4.2%
Belmar Gardens 6 1,594 $296,000 1,204 3.6%
Davis Island 7 3,618 $580,450 1,204 3.4%
Beach Park 8 3,974 $534,943 1,204 3.0%
Swann Estates 9 1,787 $435,800 1,204 3.7%
Golf View 10 1,508 $469,725 1,204 0.1%
Tampa-Bayshore Gardens 11 1,432 $352,475 1,204 4.3%
Culbreath 12 1,539 $527,760 1,204 1.1%
Courier City 13 3,445 $247,100 1,560 1.5%
Ballast Point 14 4,857 $272,633 1,204 5.0%
Cory Lake Isles 15 4,336 $332,167 1,204 3.8%
Virginia Park 16 4,974 $300,138 1,204 6.1%
North Hyde Park 17 10,253 $307,613 1,273 5.4%
Bon Air 18 2,221 $290,300 1,661 4.9%
Channelside 19 2,034 $254,150 1,204 2.7%
Palma Ceia West 20 1,566 $278,100 1,628 0.0%
Bayside West 21 4,443 $183,350 2,795 4.4%
Riverside Heights 22 2,981 $159,325 2,991 4.3%
Hunters Green 23 6,038 $259,950 1,283 6.0%
Tampa Palms 24 15,404 $311,308 1,303 5.1%
Tampa International Airport Area 25 1,984 $282,000 1,485 4.0%
Oakford Park 26 3,934 $166,871 3,193 5.5%
Gandy-Sun Bay South 27 13,791 $137,025 3,021 7.1%
Bon Air North 28 1,076 $133,700 3,555 4.3%
West Meadows 29 9,395 $290,200 1,521 8.0%
Fairoaks 30 3,810 $189,400 2,556 8.6%
Seminol Heights 31 7,046 $162,289 3,370 8.6%
West Shore Palms 32 1,324 $158,133 2,995 5.3%
South Seminol Heights 33 4,070 $153,683 3,481 7.0%
Macdill Afb Area 34 1,614 $0 0 2.9%
New Tampa 35 2,151 $211,767 2,576 8.1%
Old West Tampa 36 6,578 $154,375 3,756 6.4%
Wellswood 37 7,149 $149,110 3,640 6.2%
Interbay 38 3,125 $146,900 3,485 8.1%
Historic Ybor 39 2,039 $175,050 3,030 9.0%
Downtown 40 1,317 $174,467 3,075 5.7%
Tampa Heights 41 6,107 $137,800 3,816 6.9%
Old Seminol Heights 42 7,259 $133,323 3,608 9.4%
Riverside 43 5,163 $114,100 3,921 8.4%
Lowry Park Central 44 12,868 $133,079 3,855 9.2%
Forest Hills 45 7,606 $139,677 3,562 11.7%
Plaza Terrace 46 7,235 $152,829 3,778 6.9%
Northeast Macfarlane 47 8,689 $140,022 3,984 7.9%
Temple Crest 48 8,625 $123,314 4,123 11.0%
North Tampa 49 6,035 $177,412 3,862 18.7%
Rattlesnake 50 2,046 $92,700 3,605 7.7%
Port Tampa City 51 4,426 $122,520 3,563 9.8%
River Grove 52 2,310 $142,033 3,822 8.0%
West Riverfront 53 1,543 $177,900 3,926 8.7%
University Square 54 7,253 $104,620 4,396 12.8%
Temple Park 55 11,095 $125,271 4,107 8.3%
Drew Park 56 1,588 $142,800 4,008 7.5%
Carver City 57 2,266 $123,700 3,606 9.5%
Palmetto Beach 58 1,754 $120,975 4,079 6.7%
East Tampa 59 20,525 $111,952 4,321 12.5%
Ybor City 60 4,099 $114,357 4,250 15.8%
Woodland Terrace 61 1,365 $125,567 4,196 7.5%
Sulphur Springs 62 11,990 $87,850 4,567 13.0%
Live Oaks Square 63 2,935 $123,050 4,284 14.3%
Northview Hills 64 1,641 $109,640 4,364 9.2%
College Hill 65 1,450 $99,133 4,562 12.3%
Grant Park 66 1,332 $90,650 4,638 12.6%
Northeast 67 1,930 $101,275 4,379 12.3%
East Ybor 68 1,459 $118,250 4,370 8.5%
Highland Pines 69 1,121 $96,550 4,527 14.4%
Orient Park 70 1,731 $66,833 4,816 8.8%

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