The 10 Best Tampa Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 23 places around Tampa to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Tampa suburbs.

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...

What's the best suburb of Tampa? Redington Shores ranks as the best suburb of Tampa for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Florida:

The 10 Best Tampa Suburbs To Live For 2021

Redington Shores, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,176
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $78,375
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Redington Shores: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redington Shores is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Tampa area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Redington Shores."

Everyone here is rich; families average $78,375 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Tampa region. And only 1.61% are out of work. Homes average more than $443,500 each.

Safety Harbor, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,803
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $78,026
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.5%
More on Safety Harbor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Safety Harbor is the second best 'burb we looked at near Tampa for 2021.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 8.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Belleair, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 4,146
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $96,250
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Belleair: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Belleair, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Tampa metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Belleair.

Treasure Island, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,889
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $75,423
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Treasure Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Treasure Island ranks as the 4th best suburb of Tampa for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Treasure Island and the schools are some of the best around.

St. Pete Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,587
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $76,516
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
More on St. Pete Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is St. Pete Beach.

St. Pete Beach gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Tampa area, where houses sell for an average of $462,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,243
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Income: $71,532
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 11.9%
More on Indian Rocks Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Indian Rocks Beach is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 6.56% which is 18th best in the area.

According to online reports, Indian Rocks Beach is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Tampa area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Seminole, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 18,657
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $53,975
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
More on Seminole: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Seminole.

Seminole schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 20.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Gulfport, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,335
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Income: $52,705
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 9.6%
More on Gulfport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gulfport is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 9.41% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Madeira Beach, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,300
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $65,118
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
More on Madeira Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Madeira Beach?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Dunedin, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 36,381
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $50,356
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 10.2%
More on Dunedin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Dunedin.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Tampa for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs 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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Tampa.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 23 suburbs to evaluate around Tampa.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 23 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Tampa 'Burbs of 2021

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.

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Tampa Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Redington Shores, FL 2,176 $78,375
2 Safety Harbor, FL 17,803 $78,026
3 Belleair, FL 4,146 $96,250
4 Treasure Island, FL 6,889 $75,423
5 St. Pete Beach, FL 9,587 $76,516
6 Indian Rocks Beach, FL 4,243 $71,532
7 Seminole, FL 18,657 $53,975
8 Gulfport, FL 12,335 $52,705
9 Madeira Beach, FL 4,300 $65,118
10 Dunedin, FL 36,381 $50,356
11 Belleair Bluffs, FL 2,329 $47,326
12 St. Petersburg, FL 261,338 $56,982
13 Temple Terrace, FL 26,539 $63,018
14 Oldsmar, FL 14,657 $57,283
15 Largo, FL 84,130 $44,323
16 South Pasadena, FL 5,088 $33,718
17 Pinellas Park, FL 52,857 $49,652
18 Tarpon Springs, FL 25,176 $50,012
19 Clearwater, FL 115,159 $48,691
20 Mulberry, FL 4,124 $43,065
21 Port Richey, FL 2,831 $39,808
22 Zephyrhills, FL 15,573 $36,260
23 New Port Richey, FL 16,223 $35,384

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.