These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Tampa, FL For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Parkland Estates (Homes)
  2. Sunset Park (Homes)
  3. Palma Ceia (Homes)
  4. Bayshore Beautiful (Homes)
  5. Culbreath (Homes)
  6. Golf View (Homes)
  7. Swann Estates (Homes)
  8. Tampa Palms (Homes)
  9. Belmar Gardens (Homes)
  10. Courier City (Homes)

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.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Tampa for 2018?

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 69 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 has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Parkland Estates

Population: 2,608
Median Income: $140,223
Median Home Value: $577,000

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.
More on Parkland Estates: Real Estate | Data

2. Sunset Park

Population: 3,287
Median Income: $135,963
Median Home Value: $542,933

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.
More on Sunset Park: Real Estate | Data

3. Palma Ceia

Population: 4,165
Median Income: $89,148
Median Home Value: $345,175

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.
More on Palma Ceia: Real Estate | Data

4. Bayshore Beautiful

Population: 6,117
Median Income: $80,766
Median Home Value: $350,633

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.
More on Bayshore Beautiful: Real Estate | Data

5. Culbreath

Population: 1,478
Median Income: $126,237
Median Home Value: $481,420

More on Culbreath: Real Estate | Data

6. Golf View

Population: 1,374
Median Income: $106,958
Median Home Value: $492,625

Golf View is a neighborhood within the South Tampa district of Tampa. As of the 2010 census the neighborhood had a population of 226. The ZIP Codes serving the area are 33609 and 33629.
More on Golf View: Real Estate | Data

7. Swann Estates

Population: 1,724
Median Income: $86,705
Median Home Value: $400,567

Swann Estates is a neighborhood within the city limits of Tampa, Florida. As of the 2000 census the neighborhood had a population of 1,491. The ZIP Codes serving the neighborhood are 33609 and 33629.
More on Swann Estates: Real Estate | Data

8. Tampa Palms

Population: 15,639
Median Income: $82,480
Median Home Value: $249,693

Tampa Palms is a neighborhood within the New Tampa district of the city of Tampa, Florida. As of the 2010 census the neighborhood had a population of 13,515. The ZIP Codes serving the neighborhood are 33559, 33592, 33613, 33617, 33637, and 33647.
More on Tampa Palms: Real Estate | Data

9. Belmar Gardens

Population: 1,397
Median Income: $86,890
Median Home Value: $299,950

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.
More on Belmar Gardens: Real Estate | Data

10. Courier City

Population: 3,339
Median Income: $52,904
Median Home Value: $214,125

Courier City-Oscawana is a neighborhood within the city limits of Tampa, Florida. As of the 2000 census the neighborhood had a population of 1,531. The ZIP Codes serving the neighborhood are 33606 and 33609.
More on Courier City: Real Estate | Data

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. Northeast
  2. West Riverfront
  3. Woodland Terrace

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Tampa

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Parkland Estates 2,608 $577,000 1,033 2.9%
2 Sunset Park 3,287 $542,933 1,033 1.5%
3 Palma Ceia 4,165 $345,175 1,033 2.7%
4 Bayshore Beautiful 6,117 $350,633 1,033 3.4%
5 Culbreath 1,478 $481,420 1,033 0.5%
6 Golf View 1,374 $492,625 1,033 1.1%
7 Swann Estates 1,724 $400,567 1,033 2.8%
8 Tampa Palms 15,639 $249,693 1,411 4.4%
9 Belmar Gardens 1,397 $299,950 1,033 3.0%
10 Courier City 3,339 $214,125 1,524 2.3%
11 Ballast Point 5,304 $252,083 1,033 5.0%
12 Davis Island 3,707 $467,017 1,033 4.0%
13 Virginia Park 5,234 $320,488 1,033 6.4%
14 Bon Air 2,279 $233,433 1,173 4.2%
15 Palma Ceia West 1,562 $278,533 1,182 1.8%
16 Beach Park 4,040 $465,843 1,033 3.8%
17 Harbour Island 2,821 $307,450 1,033 1.8%
18 West Meadows 9,721 $249,133 1,526 6.2%
19 North Hyde Park 10,618 $251,473 1,327 5.4%
20 Channelside 2,592 $240,750 1,033 2.5%
21 Cory Lake Isles 4,568 $305,967 1,033 5.2%
22 Hunters Green 6,180 $315,567 1,033 4.1%
23 Bayside West 4,693 $161,943 2,451 3.0%
24 Tampa-Bayshore Gardens 1,258 $127,775 2,068 2.8%
25 New Tampa 2,032 $198,867 2,014 5.5%
26 Tampa International Airport Area 2,137 $152,460 1,864 3.9%
27 Gandy-Sun Bay South 14,109 $140,183 2,507 4.7%
28 South Seminol Heights 4,549 $141,717 2,938 5.6%
29 Riverside Heights 2,988 $142,525 2,649 6.1%
30 Fairoaks 4,159 $162,560 2,172 6.7%
31 Oakford Park 3,787 $138,443 2,940 4.4%
32 Old Seminol Heights 7,443 $115,538 3,199 10.0%
33 Seminol Heights 6,701 $139,367 2,959 6.8%
34 Interbay 3,312 $180,860 2,539 6.4%
35 Historic Ybor 2,130 $119,000 2,900 10.1%
36 Temple Crest 8,434 $98,029 3,714 14.1%
37 Bon Air North 1,152 $119,250 3,180 5.5%
38 Rattlesnake 2,233 $134,500 2,784 3.6%
39 East Tampa 20,706 $87,290 3,801 10.5%
40 Ybor City 4,708 $82,871 3,834 12.9%
41 University Square 6,788 $57,767 4,097 12.5%
42 West Shore Palms 1,282 $125,133 2,870 7.0%
43 North Tampa 7,304 $74,912 4,064 15.1%
44 Riverside 5,491 $99,433 3,460 8.1%
45 Wellswood 7,323 $119,230 3,317 6.8%
46 Lowry Park Central 12,989 $104,660 3,470 8.2%
47 Sulphur Springs 10,830 $68,958 4,011 14.6%
48 Downtown 1,611 $170,620 2,521 7.3%
49 Plaza Terrace 7,874 $131,488 3,313 5.5%
50 Port Tampa City 4,199 $113,320 2,782 9.7%
51 Tampa Heights 6,269 $131,892 3,219 8.8%
52 Live Oaks Square 3,043 $92,200 3,884 14.2%
53 Forest Hills 7,405 $115,300 3,209 8.6%
54 College Hill 1,050 $78,133 3,960 11.2%
55 Grant Park 1,311 $74,950 4,033 12.5%
56 Highland Pines 1,322 $77,650 3,956 11.9%
57 Drew Park 1,806 $87,940 3,822 5.9%
58 Northeast Macfarlane 9,533 $90,000 3,671 8.3%
59 Old West Tampa 6,778 $78,340 3,904 6.9%
60 Temple Park 11,472 $118,762 3,504 8.1%
61 Palmetto Beach 1,931 $87,825 3,758 6.2%
62 East Ybor 1,209 $134,875 3,560 9.9%
63 Carver City 2,462 $93,100 3,168 8.8%
64 River Grove 2,543 $104,500 3,596 8.4%
65 Northview Hills 2,030 $63,240 4,086 9.5%
66 Orient Park 1,235 $52,500 4,131 7.7%
67 Woodland Terrace 1,555 $93,733 3,852 9.0%
68 West Riverfront 1,612 $21,550 4,131 7.7%
69 Northeast 1,997 $78,500 3,952 9.5%

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