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.

- Bob Rohrlack, President & CEO, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Popular neighborhoods

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 Rating Address
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 Rating Address
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 Rating Address
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

Media Outlets

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Name Link
Name Tampa Bay Times
Name Daytona Times
Name Florida Courier
Name Jewish Press of Tampa
Name Tampa Bay Business Journal
Name Tampa Tribune

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.

License Fees:

1 year unaltered animal = $40
1 year spayed/neutered animal = $20
1 year ferret = $5

City Licensing Info

Animal Dogs Cats Ferrets Birds Rabbits
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 Rating Address
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

Top Employers

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 Link Rating Industry
Name University of South Florida Rating 4.1 Industry Colleges & Universities
Name Raymond James Financial Rating 3.8 Industry Brokerage Services
Name Ultimate Medical Academy Rating 3.7 Industry Colleges & Universities
Name PwC Rating 3.7 Industry Accounting
Name Publix Rating 3.7 Industry Grocery Stores & Supermarkets
Name J.P. Morgan Rating 3.6 Industry Investment Banking & Asset Management
Name Citi Rating 3.4 Industry Investment Banking & Asset Management
Name HSN Rating 3.3 Industry Department, Clothing, & Shoe Stores
Name Walmart Rating 3.1 Industry General Merchandise & Superstores
Name WellCare 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

69%

Out of 10,490 cities, Tampa is in the top

42%

Data by census.gov

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

Median Home Price

$260,000

35.00% higher

Increase compared to the national median

Data by zillow.com

Consumer Price Index
Cost of Living Index 77.50
Rent Index 44.61
Groceries Index 82.72
Restaurant Index 76.10
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index 61.55
Local Purchasing Power 106.51

Data by Numbeo.com

Top movers in Tampa

Our Ranking Criteria

  • Accreditation. We started by gathering certifications from American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB), as well as interstate licensing from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or a state Household Goods Mover/Intrastate Mover license.
  • Customer Satisfaction. We collected aggregate reviews from Google, Yelp, and MyMovingReviews along with the number of formal complaints filed, and weighted these based on the number of reviews (while also taking fleet size into account).
  • Professionalism. Finally we accounted for all-around professionalism, including polished websites, physical registered addresses and working phone numbers.
Coast To Coast Moving & Storage

5035 Uceta Road
Tampa, FL 33610
4.80
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Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Sam's Movers

16133 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618
4.55
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Brothers EZ Moving

12902 US-301
Riverview, FL 33578
4.55
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Christos & Christos Moving and Storage

6020 W Chelsea St
Tampa, FL 33634
4.50
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Beltmann Relocation Group

6917 Presidents Drive
Orlando, FL 32809
4.15
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
O'Laker's Moving Inc.

9207 Palm River Rd Ste 103
Tampa, FL 33619
4.00
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Strong College Students Moving inc (aka Inverse Solutions)

1717 E Busch Blvd STE 200
Tampa, FL 33612
3.90
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
First Class Moving Systems, Inc.

8110 Anderson Rd Ste 100
Tampa, FL 33634
3.77
Average
Rating
A+
BBB
Rating
Certified ProMover
Accredited Business
Big Boys Moving & Storage of Tampa Bay

13605 W Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33635
3.40
Average
Rating
NR
BBB
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Certified ProMover
Accredited Business

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