There’s no doubt about it—Florida is the place to relocate.
Take a look at the numbers. Every day, up to 900 people are moving to the Sunshine State, many of whom are fleeing high taxes in other states. The population in Florida grew by 2.7 million people over the past ten years.
People had already been flocking here for personal reasons, and those numbers only went up over the last year. That includes more than retirees, but also young adults, new families, entrepreneurs. Similarly, there are several companies relocating to Tampa, a nod to its potential.
And of all the places to be, the Tampa Bay area specifically offers several compelling arguments for being your new home. Don’t take our word for it; keep reading to see why moving to Tampa is a no-brainer.
1. Its Diversity Nods to Its Rich Heritage
There’s no lack of culture to be found in Tampa. Its history dates back to the Spanish exploration days, which led to Tampa’s founding in 1513 by Ponce de Leon.
If you’ve ever wanted to live somewhere with a rich ancestry, Tampa is your spot. It’s truly a home for everyone, with 134 different international ancestries. Many of its residents come from places such as Italy, Greece, Spain, Cuba, and Germany.
One prominent culture in Tampa is Cuban, as a cigar factory was established in 1886. This secured one of Tampa’s nicknames, Cigar City, which it still goes by to this day. While Cuban heritage runs deep in this area, you’ll find much more.
For example, the quaint Tarpon Springs is a Greek haven while L’Unione Italiana gives a home to countless Italians.
2. It’s Business-Forward in Nature, Making It Rife With Opportunity
Just like Tampa’s housing market is hot, so is its business market.
According to a recent study by WalletHub, Tampa and its neighbor St. Petersburg are two of the best large cities to start a business in. This study specifically analyzes the start-up environment in 100 US cities, considering factors such as the business environment, the costs of business, access to resources, and more.
This is fantastic news for entrepreneurs, students, heads of household, and those looking for a career swap. Tampa provides opportunities, whether you want to buy a business, work for a business, or open your own. Don’t miss out on these chances!
3. You’ll Want to Relocate for the Beaches Alone, But There’s Even More
When thinking about moving to beautiful, sunny Tampa, one can’t forget to mention the beaches. Whether you enjoy the soft, white sand of Clearwater’s beaches or prefer the rocky, textured bottom at Honeymoon Island, you’ve got bodies of water in any direction.
Beyond the beaches, though, you’ll find several other activities to enjoy as an outdoor lover. From floating at Rainbow River to kayaking the natural springs at Weeki Wachee, you’ll never grow bored. Grab your sunscreen and prepare to head outside every weekend.
4. Delicious Food, Great Drinks, and Southern Hospitality
One thing you’ll never run out of in Tampa is fantastic places to eat or drink. The diversity in food and drink is phenomenal and accessibility is there, too. No matter your tastebuds, no matter the occasion, you’ll be able to wine and dine somewhere in Tampa, Florida, whatever time it is.
Tampa Bay is home to several iconic restaurants worth visiting, such as:
- The world-famous Bern’s Steakhouse, a classic since 1956
- The Columbia Restaurant, a city block-long space in Ybor City selling Cuban sandwiches since the early 1900s
- El Cap, the hamburger heaven in close-by St. Petersburg, FL
- La Teresita, the Cuban- and Spanish-inspired restaurant on West Columbia
- Frenchy’s in Clearwater, because that’s the Florida way
Food aside, Florida is also home to several bars—from dive-y to classy, polished to positively wild. Beer lovers have no lack of craft breweries to choose from as well.
5. There Are Plenty of Wonderful Places to Live
Just as Tampa Bay offers a fantastic array of options when it comes to restaurants, there are several neighborhoods meant to suit a variety of living arrangements.
Some of the best neighborhoods in Tampa include:
- Ybor City, only a mile from downtown
- The upscale, up-and-coming West Tampa, perfect for those who want to be close to the mall, major hospitals, and business districts
- Seminole Heights, a “boho” community that’s filled with antique shops, charming bungalows, and culinary gems
- Downtown Tampa, a perfect balance of everything Tampa—museums, water, art, outdoor spaces, and much more
Where will you live?
That depends on your situation. Needless to say, Tampa has the ability to accommodate several wants and needs, so give it a chance, no matter your circumstances or preferences.
6. Education Is a Priority
Food isn’t the only thing Tampa’s good at. You’ll also find a rich education system in place here.
Tampa offers several private school opportunities for K-12 students, such as Tampa Preparatory School or Jesuit High School. The Academy of Holy Names, a 4.5-star school, is rated one of the best private high schools in Florida. The public school system is also rife with options, depending on your district.
You’ll also find several colleges and schools for continuing education—Hillsborough Community College, The University of Tampa, University of South Florida. Whether you’ve got a child in middle school or you’re a young adult looking to start their college track, Tampa can accommodate.
Relocation, Relocation, Relocation
The Tampa Bay area has so much to offer, from its scenic views and beachy landscape to the city vibes and hip neighborhoods. Whether you want a quiet paradise or prefer the bustling city life, Tampa has it all. It’s the perfect spot to raise a family, start a career, buy your first home.
When it comes time to relocate, don’t forget to consider Tampa and all its greatness. After all, why do you think 900 people move to Florida every day? Will you be next?
When you’re ready, contact me, Alex Plotkin—a Tampa area real estate agent who wears all the hats. I look forward to working with you to secure your goals!