Tampa Ranked #1 Place to Live in Florida 2023

Jan 6, 2023 | Good News Tampa, Popular, Tampa Bay Guides

Tampa is starting off the year strong by being named Forbes #1 best place to live in Florida. If you’re local to the area, this probably comes as no surprise – Tampa is full of business opportunities, extracurricular activities, city events and more! Whether you’re a foodie, beach lover, or sports fan, life in the city provides something for everyone.

Tampa is home to numerous award winning organizations which serves as a display of the quality of the area. Awards from the last two years alone include:

and the list goes on!

As far as Forbes is concerned, they rated each city in Florida based on several factors, some of the main ones included population, median home price, and community well-being score. Here is what they cited on the overall ranking of Tampa, “Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater has many positive aspects for young adults and families. First, there are several pristine beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. The area is also home to major sports teams, history museums, platforms promoting the arts and impressive public transportation options. Tampa has experienced an influx of employers across industries, from advanced manufacturing to financial services and life sciences. Tourism and MacDill Air Force Base also play pivotal roles.”

As the years go on, more and more people are flocking to the area. So if you’re new and looking to get the true Tampa experience here are some of our recommendation’s on things you don’t want to miss:


Arguably the biggest and most “Tampa” celebration of the year is the Gasparilla Parade! This is an annual festivity in which pirate ships flood the bay and reenact the invasion of the city! Most people come dressed as pirates and enjoy the boat parade along with street parades where you can catch as may beads as you can hold!

Busch Gardens

A theme park with animal encounters located right inside the city! Spend some time enjoying the rides and attractions, see all sorts of different species of animals and catch some of the world class shows!


The featured zoo of National Geographic’s Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa, ZooTampa let’s you tap into your wild side! Come face to face with amazing wildlife, witness Florida manatees receiving life-saving care, take a thrilling ride through Africa and so much more!

Ybor City

Dive into Cuban culture by taking a visit to the historic Ybor City, a neighborhood in Tampa. There are restaurants, bars, shops and more to explore. You can even go on guided tours to learn about the rich history!

Tampa Theatre

The Tampa Theatre is a historic U.S. theater and city landmark in Downtown Tampa. Designed as an atmospheric theatre-style movie palace by architect John Eberson, it opened on October 15, 1926. The theatre features a wide range of independent, foreign, and documentary films.

Henry B. Plant Museum

The Museum ignites thought and transports visitors to another era through exhibits and innovative programs, so that they may be educated and inspired by the lifestyles, times and experiences of Florida’s early tourist industry. Original furnishings, artifacts and a dynamic self-guided audio tour immerse visitors in the opulence of the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel and its rich history.

Tampa Riverwalk

A walk along the Hillsborough river that connects the downtown riverfront parks, museums, attractions and businesses of the Tampa area. This is an inviting outdoor destination and a great way to spend your time!

Armature Works

A top destination for foodies, this is a 73,000 square foot warehouse that is home to dozens of places to eat as well as having multiple bars. In the main shared space you can find all sorts of different types of food in a more food-truck style. While on the exterior of their building there are also traditional restaurants.

As you can see, there is so much to enjoy about Tampa. So, congratulations to the city on being ranked the #1 city in Florida!


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