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Why Is Tampa in Many Best Cities Lists?

Updated on January 12, 2011

There must be reasons why Tampa is in many lists of Best Cities.

Let's find out why, as we look at the Best Cities lists that have included Tampa.

Highest in Growth Rate in Florida

Tampa surpassed Miami and Orlando in economic growth rate in the 2009-2010 period, according to Brookings Institution's Global Metro Monitor. Tampa's economy grew by 2.5 percent, while those of Orlando and Miami grew by 1.7 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.

Of the 150 cities surveyed, Tampa ranked 74th in growth rate. Miami and Orlando ranked 78th and 85th, respectively. Istanbul in Turkey topped the rankings and cities in China and other
developing countries followed.


5th Best City for Military Retirees

Tampa ranked fifth among cities where more than 5,000 active military members are stationed.

It's not only USAA or that chose Tampa as among the Ten Best Cities for Military Retirees. It's also the military members themselves -- those commenting on forums and on the comment portions of blogposts. The top reasons Tampa is popular among military personnel considering retirement places are the following:

  • The MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa has a commissary and other facilities for veterans.
  • There's no tax for military pensions.
  • There's a VA medical facility in Tampa -- the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital.
  • The median home price is lower than those of other cities and the national median price. Recently, the median home price in Tampa was $131,600, much lower than the national median of $170,000.
  • Tampa has two large universities: University of South Florida and the University of Tampa.There are also community colleges in the area.
  • Florida has no state tax.


Second Best Airport -- Zagat Rankings

Tampa International Airport was second in a 2010 ranking of U.S. airports by travel guide publisher Zagat. In the 2009 rankings, Tampa also ranked second.

Zagat based its rankings from a survey of 8,000 travelers, mostly businesspeople, who took a combined total of 139,300 flights in 2009. The Tampa airport received high ratings in direct routes, ticket prices, past experiences with the airport, and airport services in general.

It was the Portland International Airport which topped the chart. The airports of Salt Lake City, Detroit and Denver rounded out the top five.

3rd Best Airport -- Conde Nast Rankings

To a majority of almost 26,000 Conde Nast readers surveyed, the Tampa International Airport is the third best airport in the country. They also rated the airport as the best in comfort, design, location and access

The airport's restaurant View at CK was also lauded as a favorite dining spot. Overall, the Tampa airport was ranked third, following first-placer Portland and second-placer Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.


Host of the 2012 Republican National Convention

Tampa was finally chosen by the Republican National Committee to host the Republican National convention in August 2012. It beat out Salt Lake City and Phoenix for the privilege.

In 2004 and in 2008, the city competed for the right to host the convention, but New York City and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St.Paul, respectively, were the ones chosen. The convention will further rejuvenate the city and its businesses, as more than 50,000 people are expected to converge in Tampa to attend the convention. 


Tenth Most Searched City by Prospective Homebuyers

According to Move Inc.'s, Tampa real estate was among the most searched properties from January to December 2010 compared to those of other cities. The listing was based on the number of online users searching homes in various cities on

49th Smartest City

Daily Beast ranked Tampa as the 49th smartest city in the U.S. in 2010, giving it an IQ score of 56.68. Of the city's total population of nearly 2.8 million, 16 percent have bachelor's degrees and 8 percent have graduate degrees. A total of 2.24 million adult nonfiction books were also sold in Tampa in 2010.

In 2009, Tampa was the 33rd smartest city.

Tampa Has More...

Sunshine for more than 300 days of the year, beaches, sports events, parks, gorgeous views of waters and sky, waterfront homes -- these are some of the things people like about Tampa.

If you're looking for someone to help you find a home to buy in Tampa, contact, and this team will help you find the best Tampa real estate for you and your family.


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      myawn 6 years ago from Florida

      I live in Florida have visited Tampa relatives there it is a very nice place Nice hub!

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      ed77burns 7 years ago

      Keep on hubbing.

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      ImChemist 7 years ago

      This is nice place , may in i visit it future if i have time and money.

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      Nora Tamba 7 years ago

      What an encouraging comment. Thanks, BkCreative, for taking the time to share your experience. Now, I've 301 days of sunshine!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      When I visited a friend in Tampa a few years ago - coming from NYC - all I could say was wow! I could see why she relocated - beauty and a quality of life that we should all get to enjoy.

      I could use 300 days of sunshine. Thanks for the hub!