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:
- Parkland Estates (Homes)
- Sunset Park (Homes)
- Palma Ceia (Homes)
- Bayshore Beautiful (Homes)
- Culbreath (Homes)
- Golf View (Homes)
- Swann Estates (Homes)
- Tampa Palms (Homes)
- Belmar Gardens (Homes)
- 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
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
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
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
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
Median Income: $126,237
Median Home Value: $481,420
6. Golf View
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
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
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
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
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:
- West Riverfront
- Woodland Terrace
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Tampa
|15||Palma Ceia West||1,562|
|19||North Hyde Park||10,618|
|21||Cory Lake Isles||4,568|
|26||Tampa International Airport Area||2,137|
|27||Gandy-Sun Bay South||14,109|
|28||South Seminol Heights||4,549|
|32||Old Seminol Heights||7,443|
|37||Bon Air North||1,152|
|42||West Shore Palms||1,282|
|46||Lowry Park Central||12,989|
|50||Port Tampa City||4,199|
|52||Live Oaks Square||3,043|
|59||Old West Tampa||6,778|