Tampa Ranked As One Of The Best Big Cities To Live In

Photo: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

It should come as no surprise that Tampa, FL is on the rise. In fact, the city was recently named as one of the best big cities to live in.

According to WalletHub’s 2017 Best Big Cities to Live in study, Tampa came in at 14th out of 62 big cities. The study was released in anticipation of July and August being the most popular months to move, and big cities grow tremendously during those months.

Analysts for the personal finance website studied 62 of the largest cities in the U.S. over 50 key metrics broken down into five dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economy, 3) Education & Health, 4) Quality of Life, and 5) Safety. Some of the metrics ranged from quality of public schools in the cities to job opportunities to annual property taxes.

Tampa was not only ranked in the top 20 but also came in as the number one best city for recreation. The city has seen a lot of activity over the past year and more to come. Last year the College Football Playoffs Championship was held at Raymond James Stadium, and Tampa left a lasting impression for sure.

“Each event enjoyed record attendance,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said. “The uniqueness of Tampa is that all of these events were connected and highlighted by Tampa’s Riverwalk.”

The big city will also be hosting the 2018 NHL All-Star game, and Super Bowl LV is coming to the Bay Area in 2021.

But Tampa isn’t the only city that made the list in Florida. Miami came in at number 54 and was ranked second for lowest household income average by cost of living.

Topping the list was Virgina Beach, VA followed by Seattle, WA.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.