It doesn’t take a lot of thinking to figure out why so many people are moving to Tampa Bay in sunny Florida. In 2019, the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council reported that just under 150 people a day were moving to Tampa, and Livability reports that almost 300,000 new residents moved to the area between 2010 and 2017.
The main reason was, of course, the beautiful, balmy weather. Though it can get humid, and thunderstorms are fairly common, Tampa enjoys an average of 246 sunny days a year. That’s almost 70% of the year you can expect to top up your tan and catch some much-needed vitamin D. Plus, you’re never more than an hour away from your closest beach in Tampa.
There are also very attractive monetary benefits that come from living in Tampa. There’s no state income tax in Florida, perfect if you’re planning on moving to work. Property is also relatively inexpensive, making it the ideal place to move to if you’re looking to save a bit of money.
School districts in Tampa are large, so for those moving with little ones, there won’t be any issues with finding a great school that suits them perfectly. And for the older kids, there’s the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa for them to choose from.
Tampa Bay’s urban center has been reinvented in recent years. The Water Street Tampa development has given a much-needed facelift to the waterfront area, transforming it into a vibrant, culturally-diverse destination of choice. What’s more, the Riverwalk affords keen walkers the chance to see one of the most beautiful aspects of the area, which connects arts and cultural centers with stunning public parks, and a plethora of places to eat out.
The area also offers a rich, interesting history, so for those who are interested, there are plenty of places of interest dotted around Tampa Bay, like the two cannons on the University of Tampa campus, the only trace left of the Battle of Tampa, the Battle of Fort Brooke, and the Battle of Ballast Point.
There’s also been a steady growth in job opportunities in recent years, meaning there’s plenty of prospects for individuals working in many different sectors. Tampa was recently ranked fourth in the entire United States for job opportunities, and unemployment in the area is well below the state and national average.
There’s tons for you to do and see in Tampa, whatever the time of year. Tampa is extremely walkable – and bikeable! – or if you’re feeling a little lazy, you can hop on one of the city’s free TECO Line street cars. Whatever your interests, all you need to do is choose what you fancy doing on any given day. For the festival-goer, there’s Tampapalooza, the Sunset Music Festival and the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival. For family-friendly events, head to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, where you can even feed giraffes! Busch Gardens is close by for thrill-seekers.
Sports fans will be pleased to know that there are more sports teams to support in Tampa than there are in Orlando! Whether you’re into football, baseball or soccer, there’s a team for you to get behind and cheer on. Into golfing? You’ll be spoiled for choice with the many golf courses nearby. Hikers will enjoy spending hours exploring the Hillsborough Wilderness Reserve.
All this sounds great, right? You might be wondering how it can all be possible for you and your family. Ready Stays is a great resource to help families and business professionals with assistance for moving to the Tampa Bay area. There’s no need to stay in a cramped, dingy (not to mention expensive) hotel, Ready Stays offer a fully-furnished, ultra comfortable apartment home, on a month-to-month basis. All amenities are included, and this is by far the more luxury option when looking for short-term accommodation in Tampa.
Use one of our stunning, furnished apartments as a base while you get your new life in Tampa organized and, when you’re ready to move out, you’ll just need to give us 30 days notice (sometimes even less). Unlike traditional short-term rental apartments, there are no cancellation fees of twice the amount of rent, and we won’t ask you to pay any large security deposits. Renting one of our apartments means you can spend your time and money on what really matters; giving you and your family the best possible start in the Tampa Bay area.