Living in Tampa / St. Petersburg 🌴 Things To Do, Job Opportunities, Where to Live

Moving to Tampa / St. Petersburg? Sharing lots of helpful information from things to do, where to live, cost of living, job opportunities, and more.


Primary counties are Hillsborough (Tampa) and Pinellas (St. Petersburg / beaches). If you’re considering a move here and prefer urban areas – you can choose between downtown Tampa and downtown St. Petersburg. Housing ranges from luxury high rise condos to historic bungalows.

Other communities throughout the area include Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Hyde Park Village, Seminole Heights, and Ybor City.


The Tampa Bay area is home to the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies such as: Tech Data, Publix, Jabil, WellCare, and Raymond James.

Other companies with a presence here include: Bloomin’ Brands, Citigroup, Humana, USAA, JP Morgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Progressive Insurance, Mosaic & HCA West Florida.

There are endless opportunities here for anyone in healthcare, education, and the service industry.


From beaches to water activities including boating, fishing, kite surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and scuba diving.

Museums – The Salvador Dalí Museum, Tampa Art Museum, Glazer Children’s Museum, Museum of Science and Industry.

Aquariums & Zoos – Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Amusement Parks – Busch Gardens, Adventure Island

We have festivals for just about everything and everyone.

Breweries – the Tampa Bay area is very quickly becoming a destination for those who enjoy a great craft beer.

Music – Amalie Arena, Raymond James Stadium – these two host many of the most popular tours. Plus, we have the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Yuengling Center by the University of South Florida, Jannus Live, Mahaffey Theater – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Capitol Theatre, and Ruth Eckerd Hall. Plus lots of bars and restaurants with live music.


Home to three major sports teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (football), Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey), Tampa Bay Rays (baseball). Plus, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, an American professional soccer team. If you’re a spring training fan, three MLB teams train here including the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Philadelphia Phillies. For golf fans, the Valspar Championship is a professional golf tournament in Palm Harbor.

Tampa has hosted big sporting events such as the Super Bowl, NCAA Women’s Final Four, NHL All-Star Game & College Football National Championship.

TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – consistently ranked one of the top in the nation.


The Tampa Bay area is very affordable in comparison with other cities in Florida. Our average housing costs are lower, and transportation is reasonable. Florida in general is an expensive state for all types of insurance, but at least you’re not paying state income tax here!

The Tampa Bay area is one of the fastest growing regions in the country for all of the reasons I listed above, and so many more that I haven’t gotten to yet!

If you’re moving here and need help finding a home – please give me a call! I’m happy to help you.

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