The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Tampa For 2021


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

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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

Population: 2,674
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

Population: 3,273
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

Population: 6,623
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

Population: 4,502
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

Population: 1,578
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

Population: 5,721
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

Population: 2,764
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

Population: 5,484
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

Population: 1,712
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

Population: 3,781
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

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 Ballast Point 5,721 $317,267 $73,914
7 Bon Air 2,764 $296,467 $88,854
8 Virginia Park 5,484 $361,625 $99,392
9 Culbreath 1,712 $508,020 $139,733
10 Beach Park 3,781 $523,414 $113,685
11 Tampa-Bayshore Gardens 1,308 $150,950 $65,210
12 Davis Island 3,796 $503,200 $96,298
13 Golf View 1,427 $517,400 $115,844
14 Swann Estates 1,851 $445,033 $73,527
15 Hunters Green 6,409 $361,617 $97,597
16 Bayside West 5,110 $178,486 $52,413
17 Ridgewood Park 556 $203,600 $50,750
18 North Hyde Park 10,888 $254,353 $74,292
19 Palma Ceia West 1,486 $288,100 $96,251
20 Courier City 3,426 $249,750 $57,064
21 Channelside 3,154 $288,175 $78,576
22 Cory Lake Isles 4,484 $335,400 $99,862
23 Riverside Heights 2,958 $151,350 $60,344
24 Tampa Palms 16,608 $254,647 $75,022
25 Fairoaks 4,354 $208,340 $52,138
26 Gandy-Sun Bay South 14,906 $139,428 $57,714
27 West Meadows 10,690 $258,322 $89,702
28 South Seminol Heights 4,510 $153,117 $49,576
29 New Tampa 2,178 $244,500 $62,074
30 Oakford Park 3,912 $154,514 $35,818
31 Rattlesnake 2,084 $117,640 $49,875
32 Interbay 2,958 $152,080 $40,860
33 Seminol Heights 6,280 $131,633 $44,243
34 Bon Air North 932 $166,350 $51,793
35 Port Tampa City 4,512 $118,940 $55,133
36 Riverside 5,182 $115,417 $36,274
37 Lowry Park Central 14,235 $119,727 $38,960
38 Tampa International Airport Area 2,291 $164,500 $61,907
39 Wellswood 6,899 $131,140 $34,884
40 Forest Hills 7,882 $98,023 $44,221
41 West Shore Palms 1,273 $190,700 $49,959
42 Old Seminol Heights 7,487 $123,331 $43,396
43 Temple Crest 8,485 $100,100 $30,518
44 Plaza Terrace 7,420 $115,812 $31,637
45 River Grove 2,523 $92,100 $35,906
46 Northeast Macfarlane 8,612 $92,590 $35,937
47 Tampa Heights 6,548 $119,817 $37,011
48 Old West Tampa 5,943 $73,390 $28,904
49 Historic Ybor 1,999 $141,700 $39,158
50 University Square 7,120 $57,150 $33,567
51 Carver City 3,187 $102,100 $45,796
52 East Tampa 21,044 $80,783 $30,418
53 Temple Park 12,569 $87,375 $25,494
54 Ybor City 5,216 $82,486 $26,792
55 Downtown 1,897 $122,140 $30,119
56 Palmetto Beach 1,940 $86,125 $29,998
57 Sulphur Springs 11,408 $71,192 $31,421
58 North Tampa 7,465 $63,738 $24,792
59 Grant Park 1,303 $80,100 $26,924
60 West Riverfront 1,515 $21,625 $22,667
61 Beasley 292 $77,100 $26,007
62 Florence 584 $63,500 $26,806
63 Drew Park 1,613 $94,540 $28,344
64 East Ybor 1,145 $85,633 $23,582
65 Northview Hills 1,896 $43,620 $26,859
66 Northeast 2,256 $87,100 $24,771
67 Live Oaks Square 3,060 $84,425 $17,948
68 College Hill 1,225 $69,333 $25,735
69 Woodland Terrace 1,437 $98,067 $25,805
70 Highland Pines 1,170 $62,100 $28,848
71 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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