Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh 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 335,730 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 2021; 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 71 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
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $646,375 (best)
Median Income: $142,082 (best)
More on Parkland Estates: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $322,600 (13th best)
Median Income: $96,380 (Tenth best)
More on Harbour Island: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $377,222 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $95,240 (13th best)
More on Bayshore Beautiful: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $409,775 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $112,029 (Fifth best)
More on Palma Ceia: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $375,650 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $106,292 (Sixth best)
More on Belmar Gardens: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $317,267 (14th best)
Median Income: $73,914 (19th best)
More on Ballast Point: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $296,467 (15th best)
Median Income: $88,854 (15th best)
More on Bon Air: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $361,625 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $99,392 (Eighth best)
More on Virginia Park: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $508,020 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $139,733 (Second best)
More on Culbreath: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $523,414 (Second best)
Median Income: $113,685 (Fourth best)
More on Beach Park: Homes For Sale | Data
How We Determined The Best Tampa, FL Neighborhoods In 2021
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 71 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 2021
||North Hyde Park
||Palma Ceia West
||Cory Lake Isles
||Gandy-Sun Bay South
||South Seminol Heights
||Bon Air North
||Port Tampa City
||Lowry Park Central
||Tampa International Airport Area
||West Shore Palms
||Old Seminol Heights
||Old West Tampa
||Live Oaks Square