THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Tampa For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Tampa.
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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

Population: 2,674
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $646,375 (First best)
Median Income: $142,082 (First 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.

Population: 3,273
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $322,600 (14th best)
Median Income: $96,380 (11th best)
More on Harbour Island: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,623
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $377,222 (Ninth 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.

Population: 4,502
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $409,775 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $112,029 (Sixth 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.

Population: 1,578
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $375,650 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $106,292 (Seventh 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.

Population: 3,394
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $561,050 (Second best)
Median Income: $135,728 (Third 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.

Population: 5,721
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $317,267 (15th best)
Median Income: $73,914 (20th best)
More on Ballast Point: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,764
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $296,467 (16th best)
Median Income: $88,854 (16th best)
More on Bon Air: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,484
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $361,625 (11th best)
Median Income: $99,392 (Ninth best)
More on Virginia Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,712
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $508,020 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $139,733 (Second best)
More on Culbreath: Homes For Sale | Data

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".

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.

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 2020

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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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