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Top 10 Reasons to Move to Tampa Bay

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If you recently visited the Tampa Bay region on a vacation and given some thought as to living here as a Floridian year-round, you're not alone.  There are so many great reasons to move to Tampa Bay!  Whether you’re a millennial seeking your first job out of college or you're searching for the perfect retirement destination, come see what Tampa Bay is all about. Below are my TOP 10 reasons to relocate to Tampa Bay.

Top 10 Reasons to Relocate to Tampa Bay

  1. Top-Rated Clearwater Beach
    The gorgeous white-sand beaches of Tampa Bay include Clearwater Beach, St Pete Beach and the State Park Beaches of Caladesi Island and Fort Desoto Park. The top-rated Clearwater Beach was recently named as the #2 Beach in Florida (Trip Advisor, 2024) as well as the #1 Beach in the South (USA Today's Reader Choice Awards, 2023). This popular beach has snow-like powder sand which stays cool to the touch even on a hot sunny Florida day. View Clearwater Beach at Sunset.
  2. A Year-Round Outdoor Playground
    With 246 sunny days per year and an average year-round temperature of 73', Tampa Bay is the ideal city for outdoor enthusiasts! If you enjoy a great workout outdoors, try stand-up paddle boarding or kayak through the natural Florida mangroves to see native wild birds and abundant sea life. If you are seeking a more relaxed outdoor activity, experience the fresh salt air and beauty of the Bay area by renting a boat for the day and explore the Intracoastal, the local islands and remote sand bars only accessible by water. View Johns Pass by Water.
  3. Tampa Bay Real Estate is Reasonably Priced
    The Tampa Bay housing market offers reasonably priced real estate for millennials and retirees alike. At the end of April 2024, the median Tampa Bay home price is now $385K and the median Tampa Bay monthly rent is now just over $2.2K per month. Living downtown Tampa on directly on the water will obviously cost you more for the location and amazing views. When you visit the area, I am glad to show you all housing options meeting your criteria and price range.
  4. A Strong Job & Employment Market
    The Tampa Bay job market has been very strong with an unemployment rate at 3.3% in 2024 (well below the national average). Top sectors of employment in the Tampa Bay include military, healthcare, education, and professional services. The largest employers in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties include the School Boards, MacDill Airforce Base, HCA West Florida, Tampa General Hospital, Publix Supermarkets, Bloomin Brands and County Governments.
  5. Great Local Cuisine & Dining Options
    The Tampa Bay area offers local residents endless dining options from casual eateries, sidewalk cafes and elegant five-star restaurants. You’ll also have plenty of trendy craft breweries and beer gardens to check out. Many of these places are pet-friendly and provide for daily live entertainment. Some of the local trendy places include South Tampa, Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, Downtown St Pete, St Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach.
  6. Top-Rated Healthcare & Hospitals
    When moving to a new area, it's important to have quality healthcare available for both preventative and emergency care. Tampa Bay's top area hospitals include Tampa General Hospital (TGH), St Joseph's Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. Tampa General Hospital was recently named as the #2 Best Hospital in Florida in 2017 by US News & World Report. View Tampa General Hospital Ranking
  7. Tampa is a Great City to Retire In
    Tampa was recently named the #1 Best Place to Retire in the nation by WalletHub for 2023-2024. This study was based upon a handful of criteria including housing affordability, quality of health care, quality of life and local activities. View the complete list of Best Places To Retire rankings.
  8. Endless Events and Festivals
    The Tampa Bay region provides an active scene of events, outdoor festivals and performances to continually explore. There’s also many popular annual events that take place each year such as Gasparilla, Havana Nights, The Sugar Sand Festival, The St Pete Grand Prix, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Margarita Fest, Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ and the Power Boat Races just to name a few. I'm glad to keep you posted on current events when you come to tour Tampa Bay. View Tampa Bay Events.
  9. Lots of Theme Parks and Museums to Explore
    Tampa Bay is home to many family-oriented theme parks and museums. Popular theme parks include Busch Gardens, Adventure Island Water Park, The Florida Aquarium, Big Cat Rescue and Dinosaur World. The Tampa Bay area also contains top 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. An Expanding Millennial Population
    In a recent study by SmartAsset (2022), Tampa was named as a "TOP 10" city in the entire nation where Millennials are relocating to. Millennials are defined as the generation born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 27 to 42 in 2023). Some of the top reasons why Tampa Bay is seeing an increase in this demographic is the strong employment market, a growing scene of technology startups and incubators such as Tampa Bay Wave as well as the growing local craft beer market including brewers such as Cigar City, Coppertail and Angry Chair Brewing.

Natalie Wetherington


Your Tampa Relocation Expert


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