The Tampa Bay area is home to more than 3 million people, making it one of the larger metropolitan areas in the country.
Given that distinction, the region is often included in rankings and lists that try to measure just how great, or not so great, the area is compared to other places. In 2019, the Tampa Bay area has been featured in a slew of these rankings. From best places to live to cities with the most dog parks, here’s a look at rankings that mention Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay ranks No. 56 on U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Places to Live’
Tampa Bay ranked No. 56 on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Places to Live” list. The report looked at the 125 most-populated metro areas in the United States on factors like the unemployment rate, housing costs and quality of life. Ten other Florida metro areas were also included on this list. Sarasota ranked the highest at No. 18.
So, what makes Tampa Bay so special? In March, readers said that the warm weather and the lack of a state income tax are some of the many reasons they landed in Tampa Bay.
Tampa ranks No. 12 for best places to live, according to Livability.com
A similar ranking from Livability.com — which looked at factors like education, housing and health — ranked Tampa as No. 12 on its “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list. The list specifically cites the city’s high ratings in the economics category, noting that it has made a comeback since the 2008 recession.
Tampa and St. Petersburg rank in the top 25 cities susceptible to sea level rise by 2050
According to this list from the non-profit group Climate Central, St. Petersburg ranked No. 6 and Tampa No. 19 for cities most vulnerable to sea level rise. While it’s hard to predict how much sea levels will rise, the worst case scenario estimates that Tampa Bay could rise 37.8 feet in 100 years.
Tampa ranks No. 19, St. Petersburg 50th on list of safest cities
According to a list by security system review site SafeHome.org, Tampa ranked No. 19, while St. Petersburg ranked nearly last at the No. 50 spot for safest cities in the country. The report based its rankings on crime statistics, and examined 54 cities.
Tampa ranks among America’s most family-friendly cities, according to study
According to Homes.com, Tampa is one of the most family-friendly cities. It ranked No. 4 out of the 50 largest metro areas. In fact, Tampa was one of only two cities from last year’s analysis that increased its position. The other was Orlando, which is now ranked No. 7.
Tampa Bay is the ninth most dangerous metro area for pedestrians
The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region was ranked the ninth most dangerous metro area for walking in the United States. According to the report, the region had 900 pedestrian deaths over a 10-year period through 2016.
Tampa-St. Petersburg ranks within the top 20 on the list of most aggressive drivers
According to a study by tech firm GasBuddy, the Tampa-St. Petersburg area ranks 19th out of major metro areas for most aggressive drivers. This ranking was determined by looking at an array of factors such as speeding and acceleration patterns.
Tampa ranks fifth, St. Petersburg 15th on list of cities with the most dog parks per 100,000 residents
In less serious news, a ranking from the nonprofit Trust for Public Land ranked Tampa No. 5 on a list with the most dog parks per 100,000 people. According to the report, Tampa, which has a population of nearly 380,000, has about four dog parks or off-leash areas per 100,000 residents. St. Petersburg ranked 15th on the list.
Tampa Bay ranked No. 6 for solar jobs added in 2018
Data released in March by the Solar Foundation found that Tampa Bay added the sixth-most solar jobs of any metro area in the country. Miami ranked third.
Tampa-St. Petersburg area ranked No. 9 for package thefts around the holidays
Tampa Bay is among the Top 10 metro areas where porch pirates strike the most, according to a ranking by home security company SafeWise.
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