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Thinking of Moving to Tampa Bay?

Discover what living in America's next greatest city is like.

If you're considering moving to Tampa Bay, and in the process of researching the area, you in the correct place. This page has been put together to help you become more familiar with the Tampa Bay area and to give you a good idea of what the area offers year-round residents in terms of employment, lifestyle, amenities and healthcare. We would also encourage you to reach out to Geoff Fahey, our Tampa Bay relocation expert as he is glad to answer any specific questions you may have about the area, including the Tampa Bay real estate market, housing and living costs.

About Tampa Bay, FL

The Tampa Bay region, which includes the cities of Tampa, St Petersburg and Clearwater, is one of the fastest growing area in all of Florida. With a population of just over 3.1 million people, Tampa Bay offers a strong business climate and is home to professional sports teams, museums and attractions, theme parks as well as top-rated beaches. With an average temperature of 73 degrees year-round, Tampa Bay offers residents an outdoor playground for activities including boating, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, golf, bicycling, roller-blading and many more!

Experience Tampa Bay and the natural beauty of the area in the below video. Make sure your volume is on.

Tampa Bay Awards & Accolades

The Tampa Bay region commonly receives accolades and awards for its top-rated beaches, thriving business community, quality healthcare and high-quality of life for millennials, young families and retirees alike. View recent awards below.

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Tampa Bay

  1. Top-Rated Clearwater Beach
    Tampa Bay, which spans Clearwater and St Petersburg along Florida’s gulf coast, is home to popular beaches including Clearwater Beach, St Pete Beach and the state park beaches of Caladesi Island and Fort DeSoto Park. Top-rated Clearwater Beach was names as the #1 Beach in the entire US by TripAdvisor in 2018 and 2016. This beach offers a powder-like sand which stays cool to the touch, even on the hottest of Florida’s summer days. View Clearwater Beach at Sunset.
  2. Tampa Bay is a Year-Round Outdoor Playground
    With 246 sunny days each year and an average temperature of 73 degrees year-round, Tampa Bay is the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. If you enjoy a great workout while being in the water, experience stand-up paddle boarding or kayak through the natural Florida mangroves to see native wild birds and abundant sea life. The 3.7 mile Riverwalk Trail along Tampa’s waterfront is also a popular destination for walking, jogging, bicycling, roller-blading and for exercising your pets.
  3. Tampa Bay Offers Affordable Real Estate
    The Tampa Bay real estate market offers very attractive housing prices for both young families and retirees alike. In the fall of 2021, the median Tampa bay home price is $339,425 and the median Tampa Bay monthly rent price is $1,950 per month. If you prefer to live downtown, on a golf course or near a waterway, the cost of housing would obviously be more. To find out exact housing costs and the best Tampa Bay neighborhoods to live in, contact Geoff Fahey, our Tampa Bay relocation expert listed on this page.
  4. Tampa Bay Has a Strong Job & Employment Market
    Tampa Bay's employment and job market has been very robust with an unemployment rate at only 3.7% (well below the nation’s average). Tampa Bay’s top sectors of employment in the include the military, healthcare, education, and various professional services. The largest employers of Tampa Bay, located in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, include local School Districts, MacDill Airforce Base, HCA West Florida Hospital, Tampa General Hospital, Publix Supermarkets, Bloomin Brands as well as local county governments.
  5. Tampa Bay Offers Great Local Cuisine & Dining Options
    Tampa Bay offers residents a myriad of dining options including casual eateries, open-air sidewalk cafes and elegant five-star restaurants. There are also many new trendy craft breweries and beer gardens to check out. Many of are pet-friendly and provide for daily live entertainment. The trendy places you’ll definitely want to check out include Downtown Tampa, South Tampa, Ybor City, Downtown St Pete, St Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach.
  6. Tampa Bay Has Top-Rated Hospitals & Healthcare
    Residents of Tampa Bay have access to quality hospitals and medical services. The top hospitals in Tampa Bay include Tampa General Hospital (TGH), St Joseph's Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. Tampa General Hospital was recently ranked as the #2 Best Hospital in all of Florida in 2017 by US News & World Report. View Tampa General Hospital Ranking
  7. Tampa Bay is a Great Area to Retire In
    There are many great reasons to consider Tampa Bay as your retirement destination, including many of the reasons listed on this page. In 2017, Wallet Hub ranked Tampa Bay ranked as the #5 Best Place to Retire in the entire state of Florida. This study was centered upon 28 important factors including housing affordability, the happiness of local residents, local tax rates and accessibility to healthcare quality. View Wallet Hub Rankings.
  8. Tampa Bay Offers Endless Events and Festivals
    The Tampa Bay area provides residents an active year-round scene of outdoor events, festivals and performances to continually check out. There are also many events that take place each year such as the popular Gasparilla boat parade, The Sugar Sand Festival, Havana Nights, The St Petersburg Grand Prix, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Margarita Fest, Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ and the Off Shore Power Boat Races just to name a few. View Current Tampa Bay Events.
  9. Tampa Bay is Home to Theme Parks and Museums
    Many family-oriented theme parks and museums are located in Tampa Bay. Popular theme parks include Busch Gardens, Adventure Island Water Park, The Florida Aquarium, Big Cat Rescue and Dinosaur World. The Tampa Bay region also contains top educational museums including MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry), The Tampa Museum of Art, The Glazer Children's Museum and The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.
  10. Tampa Bay Has an Expanding Millennial Population
    Tampa was recently named as the #21 Top City in the entire US where Millennials are moving to according to a study by Time Magazine (2017). Millennials are defined as those born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 22 to 37 in 2018). Top reasons why Tampa Bay is seeing an increase in their Millennial population are the strong employment and job market, an expanding scene of technology startups and incubators such as Tampa Bay Wave as well as the growing local craft beer market including popular brewers such as Cigar City, Coppertail and Angry Chair Brewing.

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Tampa Relocation Reviews:

  • "Geoff is a wealth of knowledge in the local market. He'll make anyone’s relocation transition smooth, as he can not only provide recommendations on where to live, but also for fun, eclectic places to eat, where to spend time, and other hotspots in the area."
    Camille G.
    Home Buyer
  • "While I was considering many homes, Geoff helped me narrow down the number of homes to the exact criteria that was most important to me. Geoff reduced the hassle and made it about me, and what I wanted, rather than just selling me a random house. Loved working with him and already referred two of my other international friends his way!"
    Maggie M.
    Home Buyer
  • "Geoff is trustworthy and knows that advising people without worrying about commissions and pushing a sale, will come back around with referrals tenfold. I love that he donates a portion of income from referrals to charity."
    Brendan M.
    Home Buyer
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Map of Tampa Bay

Your Guide to Understanding the Tampa Bay Region

The following map displays the popular regions of Tampa Bay that people are relocating to. Further down this page, the residential neighborhoods within each of these regions are listed, as well as Tampa Bay's popular beaches and airports. When you connect with Geoff Fahey, our Tampa Bay relocation expert listed on this page, she can show you the most popular residential communities and best housing opportunities that meets your lifestyle needs and overall budget.

Your Guide to Tampa Bay Real Estate, Shopping, Area Attractions & Employment

Tampa Bay Real Estate

Below are the top communities that people are moving to in the greater Tampa Bay area.

Top Communities Downtown Tampa

  • Ybor City
  • Channelside District
  • University of Tampa Area

Top Communities in South Tampa

  • Davis Island
  • SoHo
  • Hyde Park
  • Bayshore
  • Port of Tampa
  • Virginia Park
  • Palma Ceia
  • Ballast Point

Top Communities in North Tampa

  • Tampa Heights
  • Carrollwood
  • Northdale
  • Seminole Heights

Top Communities in NW Tampa

  • Westchase
  • Oldsmar
  • Citrus Park
  • Town N' Country

Top Communities New Tampa

New Tampa is a popular residential community located in Northeast Tampa (east of I-75). Popular residential neighborhoods in this community include the following.

  • Hunter's Green
  • Tampa Palms
  • Cross Creek
  • Wesley Chapel
  • Pebble Creek

Top Communities in Brandon (east Tampa)

  • Lithia
  • Seffner
  • Progress Village
  • Dover
  • Valrico
  • Bloomingdale

Top Communities in Clearwater

  • Dunedin
  • Clearwater Beach
  • Belleair
  • Safety Harbor

Top Communities in St Petersburg

  • Downtown St. Pete
  • Historic Kenwood
  • Historic Old Northeast
  • Old Southeast

Top Beaches in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is home to several of top-rated beaches in Florida including the following.

  • Clearwater Beach
  • St Pete Beach
  • Caldesi Island State Park Beach
    (North end of Clearwater Beach)

Popular Tampa Bay Area Attractions

  • MOSI ( Museum of Science & Industry)
  • Busch Gardens
  • Adventure Island
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Florida Aquarium
  • Glazer Children's Museum
  • Croc Encounters
  • Tampa Museum of Art
  • Dinosaur World
  • Dali Museum
  • Giraffe Ranch
  • Big Cat Rescue

Tampa Bay Shopping Centers

The Tampa Bay area has popular shopping centers on Florida's west coast including the following.

  • International Plaza
  • Town Square Center
  • Northgate Shopping Center
  • North Bay Shopping Center
  • Westfield Brandon
  • Westfield Cistrus Park
  • University Mall

Tampa Bay Relocation Reviews

"Geoff made our Tampa relocation and investment in our beautiful, new pool home very easy. He took time to schedule appointments for us with various local service providers to help make the move-in process hassle free. He also introduced us (in person) to a local family-owned furniture company after we closed to help us save money."
Andy Z.
Tampa Home Buyer

"As a single woman that is cautious about investments and meeting with people outside my close knit group of family and friends, I’m very comfortable working with Geoff because of his professionalism and business acumen. I am relieved that he has my back, even if it means he's not earning a commission."
Jeri C.
Tampa Investor
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Tampa Bay Employers

Tampa Bay is home to many of the best and top employers in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, many of which are headquartered here. I've also listed the largest local employers by county. View Tampa Jobs.

Top Medical Companies in Tampa Bay

  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
  • St. Joseph's Hospitals
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Morton Plant Hospital

Top Healthcare Companies in Tampa Bay

  • WellCare Health Plans
  • Healthesystems
  • Parallon

Top Technology Companies in Tampa Bay

  • Vology
  • Tech Data
  • TriBridge
  • ConnectWise

Top Financial Services Companies in Tampa Bay

  • The Progressive Group
  • USAA
  • Humana
  • Capital One
  • New York Life
  • Citigroup

Top Business Solutions Companies in Tampa Bay

  • Accenture
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP

Top Manufacturing Companies in Tampa Bay

  • Bausch & Lomb
  • Jabil Circuit
  • Kimball Electronics
  • ConMed

Hillsborough County Largest Employers

  • HCA West Florida
  • Hillsborough County SchoolS
  • Tampa International Airport
  • MacDill Airforce Base
  • Hillsborough County Government
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Citibank
  • Bloomin Brands
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Pinellas County Largest Employers

  • Pinellas County Government
  • Pinellas County School District
  • Times Publishing Corp.
  • Home Shopping Network (HSN)
  • City of St. Petersburg
  • Bay Pines VA Medical Center
  • Nielsen Media Research, Inc.
  • Raymond James and Associates
  • Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
  • Morton Plant Hospital