These Are The 10 Best Tampa Suburbs


We analyzed over 25 places around Tampa to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Tampa are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around Tampa:

  1. Redington Shores
  2. Safety Harbor (Photos)
  3. St. Pete Beach (Photos)
  4. South Pasadena
  5. Indian Rocks Beach
  6. Temple Terrace (Photos)
  7. Treasure Island (Photos)
  8. Belleair
  9. Belleair Bluffs
  10. Seminole (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Redington Shores, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Tampa ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Tampa

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Tampa was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Tampa–St. Petersburg, Fl Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 25 suburbs to evaluate around Tampa.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 25 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Tampa.” We’re lookin’ at you, Redington Shores.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. Redington Shores

Redington Shores, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,093
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $315,400
Median Income: $54,898

2. Safety Harbor

Safety Harbor, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,017
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Median Home Price: $204,400
Median Income: $58,375

3. St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,408
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $330,500
Median Income: $63,071

4. South Pasadena


Population 2014: 4,993
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Median Home Price: $166,900
Median Income: $36,896

5. Indian Rocks Beach

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,153
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Median Home Price: $385,100
Median Income: $57,282

6. Temple Terrace

Temple Terrace, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,098
Unemployment Rate: 8.9%
Median Home Price: $164,400
Median Income: $50,978

7. Treasure Island

Treasure Island, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,749
Unemployment Rate: 11.7%
Median Home Price: $345,100
Median Income: $62,432

8. Belleair

Belleair, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,903
Unemployment Rate: 13.7%
Median Home Price: $319,300
Median Income: $67,132

9. Belleair Bluffs


Population 2014: 2,098
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%
Median Home Price: $155,400
Median Income: $41,842

10. Seminole

Seminole, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,477
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Median Home Price: $138,800
Median Income: $47,588

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Tampa, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Tampa

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Redington Shores 1 2,093 2.9% $315,400 $54,898
Safety Harbor 2 17,017 6.4% $204,400 $58,375
St. Pete Beach 3 9,408 7.2% $330,500 $63,071
South Pasadena 4 4,993 7.5% $166,900 $36,896
Indian Rocks Beach 5 4,153 7.6% $385,100 $57,282
Temple Terrace 6 25,098 8.9% $164,400 $50,978
Treasure Island 7 6,749 11.7% $345,100 $62,432
Belleair 8 3,903 13.7% $319,300 $67,132
Belleair Bluffs 9 2,098 10.5% $155,400 $41,842
Seminole 10 17,477 7.3% $138,800 $47,588
Kenneth City 11 4,986 9.3% $97,400 $36,433
Dunedin 12 35,538 8.1% $151,500 $46,310
Madeira Beach 13 4,297 11.3% $343,300 $46,143
Clearwater 14 109,210 8.7% $153,900 $43,306
St. Petersburg 15 248,429 10.1% $140,100 $45,483
Oldsmar 16 13,730 9.6% $152,700 $54,186
Tampa 17 348,934 11.5% $157,500 $43,740
Pinellas Park 18 49,874 10.1% $108,200 $41,877
Largo 19 78,391 11.9% $90,000 $39,722
Plant City 20 35,866 10.7% $127,700 $45,794
Tarpon Springs 21 23,789 14.0% $161,700 $43,024
Gulfport 22 12,102 10.5% $135,000 $38,315
Port Richey 23 2,685 6.6% $116,700 $34,545
Lakeland 24 99,942 13.0% $109,700 $39,238
New Port Richey 25 15,063 13.8% $65,500 $30,660

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