Considering Moving to Tampa?
When the Spaniards got to what is now Tampa in the 1520s, they found scattered Native American villages that rejected the new visitors. Nevertheless, the area on Florida's west coast was controlled by Spain until 1821, when Florida was purchased by the U.S.
Twenty-four years later, Tampa and the rest of Florida became the nation's 27th state. Modern-day Tampa, a city of about 370,000, welcomes tourists and new residents alike to its beaches, restaurants, and museums. Look for a variety of architectural styles reflecting the city's heritage. Finance, healthcare, insurance and tourism, among other industries, fuel the city's economy. Among the national companies based here are Raymond James Financial and OSI Restaurant Partners, which operates Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grille and other restaurants. MacDill Air Force Base is an important part of the nation's defense establishment. Get started exploring what the city has to offer with a walk or bike ride on the 2.4-mile Tampa Riverwalk.
Why Tampa? One expert’s opinion
"Our community, rich in culture and steeped in history, has long been one of the nation’s most desirable areas to live, work and play. Tampa Bay has a robust business community, great educational system, picturesque neighborhoods, five professional sports teams … and an overall feeling of local warmth.
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Each part of the city is distinct, with its own culture. Check out these popular neighborhoods, courtesy of Zillow, to narrow down your target destination in Tampa:
|Neighborhood||Average % of homes that increased in value last year|
|Neighborhood Plaza Terrace||Rating 97.70|
|Neighborhood Wellswood||Rating 96.73|
|Neighborhood Terrace Park||Rating 95.92|
|Neighborhood Riverside Heights||Rating 95.63|
|Neighborhood Downtown||Rating 95.31|
|Neighborhood South Seminole Heights||Rating 94.99|
|Neighborhood Historic Ybor||Rating 94.17|
|Neighborhood Lowry Park Central||Rating 93.40|
|Neighborhood Seminole Heights||Rating 93.19|
|Neighborhood University Square||Rating 92.93|
Things to Do
What's there to do in Tampa? That depends on whether you like sports, music, the outdoors, shopping or something else. Some favorites among Tampa residents, according to Yelp:
|Name Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park||Rating 4.5||Address 600 N Ashley Dr|
|Name The Tampa Riverwalk||Rating 4.5||Address 200 N Ashley Dr|
|Name Lowry Park Zoo||Rating 4||Address 1101 W Sligh Ave|
|Name Manatee Viewing Center||Rating 4.5||Address 6990 Dickman Rd|
|Name Busch Gardens||Rating 4||Address 10165 N Malcolm McKinley Dr|
Best Restaurants & Bars
Tampa's food scene is a combination of, among others, Cuban, Caribbean, Spanish, Italian cuisine, but you'll also find Vietnamese, Puerto Rican, Columbian and more, including barbecue. Here's a sampling of the city's most popular restaurants and bars, according to Yelp:
|Name Yolk, White & Associates||Rating 5||Address 100 N Ashley Dr|
|Name Sulphur Springs Sandwich Shop||Rating 5||Address 9000A N Florida Ave|
|Name Mangú Latin Café||Rating 5||Address 9005 East Adamo Dr|
|Name Loli's Mexican Cravings||Rating 4.5||Address 8005 Benjamin Rd|
|name Happy Fish||Rating 4.5||Address 4046 N Armenia Ave|
Dog Friendly Places
You're not the only one moving to Tampa; your dog is making the transition, too. Here are some places in the city, provided by Yelp, where your pooch will feel welcome:
|Name Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park||Rating 4.5||Address 600 N Ashley Dr|
|Name Tampa Waterworks Park||Rating 4.5||Address 1710 N Highland Ave|
|Name Rowlett Dog Park||Rating 4.5||Address 2401 E Yukon St|
|Name Davis Island Dog Beach||Rating 4||Address 1002 Severn St|
|Name Al Lopez Park||Rating 4||Address 4810 N Himes Ave|
Get plugged into Tampa in a snap. Check out GoodCall®'s list of newspapers and other online publications covering the city.
|Name Tampa Bay Times||Link http://www.tampabay.com/|
|Name Daytona Times||Link http://daytonatimes.com/|
|Name Florida Courier||Link http://flcourier.com/|
|Name Jewish Press of Tampa||Link http://jewishpressoftampa.our-hometown.com/|
|Name Tampa Bay Business Journal||Link http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/|
|Name Tampa Tribune||Link http://tbo.com/|
Moving with Pets
When moving with pets, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you are following the rules and regulations of your new city.
1 year unaltered animal = $40
1 year spayed/neutered animal = $20
1 year ferret = $5
|License or registration required?||Dogs: Yes||Cats: Yes||Ferrets: No||Birds: No||Rabbits: No|
|Additional details||Dogs: Certificates of Veterinary Inspection required. CVI must state the dog is free from signs of infectious or communicable disease, did not originate within a rabies quarantine area, and are not known to have a history or exposure to a rabies-infected animal prior to importation. Dogs 4 months and older must have current rabies vaccination.||Cats: CVI required. CVI must state the cat is free from signs of infectious or communicable disease, did not originate within a rabies quarantine area, and are not known to have a history or exposure to a rabies-infected animal prior to importation. Cats 4 months and older must have current rabies vaccination.||Ferrets: N/A||Birds: N/A||Rabbits: N/A|
Arts & Culture
There's no lack of arts and cultural opportunities in Tampa, including museums, theaters and performing arts venues. Residents tell Yelp these places are the best when they want to get their culture on:
|Name The Dali Museum||Rating 4.5||Address 1 Dali Blvd|
|Name Tampa Bay History Center||Rating 4||Address 801 Old Water St|
|Name Sunken Gardens||Rating 4||Address 1825 4th St N|
|Name Dinosaur World||Rating 4||Address 5145 Harvey Tew Rd|
|Name MOSI - Museum of Science & Industry||Rating 3||Address 4801 E Fowler Ave|
Don't already have a job in Tampa? You'll likely need one. See information on jobs, salaries and top employers in the city, courtesy of GlassDoor.
|Name University of South Florida||Link http://www.usf.edu||Rating 4.1||Industry Colleges & Universities|
|Name Raymond James Financial||Link http://www.raymondjames.com||Rating 3.8||Industry Brokerage Services|
|Name Ultimate Medical Academy||Link http://www.ultimatemedical.edu||Rating 3.7||Industry Colleges & Universities|
|Name PwC||Link http://www.pwc.com||Rating 3.7||Industry Accounting|
|Name Publix||Link http://www.publix.com||Rating 3.7||Industry Grocery Stores & Supermarkets|
|Name J.P. Morgan||Link http://www.jpmorgan.com||Rating 3.6||Industry Investment Banking & Asset Management|
|Name Citi||Link http://www.citigroup.com||Rating 3.4||Industry Investment Banking & Asset Management|
|Name HSN||Link http://www.hsni.com||Rating 3.3||Industry Department, Clothing, & Shoe Stores|
|Name Walmart||Link http://corporate.walmart.com||Rating 3.1||Industry General Merchandise & Superstores|
|Name WellCare||Link http://www.wellcare.com||Rating 3.1||Industry Insurance Carriers|
Average Commute Time and Walk Score
How long does it take, on average, for Tampa residents to commute to their jobs? Here's what the Census Bureau has to say.
Transportation in Tampa, Florida
Population with commute time under 30 minutes
Out of 10,490 cities, Tampa is in the top
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Cost of Living
One overlooked factor in moving to any city, even Tampa, is its cost of living. Numbeo takes into account the prices of housing, groceries, transportation, utilities and other factors based on the cost of goods and services in New York City. A score of 82 for a city means this category costs 82 percent of what it would cost in the Big Apple.
Cost of Living in Tampa, Florida
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