Aggressive drivers. Dog parks. Best places to live. Here are rankings that define Tampa Bay.

How does Tampa Bay compare other cities?
The Tampa Bay area is included in many rankings and lists.
The Tampa Bay area is included in many rankings and lists.
Published Apr. 18, 2019

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’

The City of Tampa skyline on a warm, clear day on January 7, 2019 in Tampa. [Monica Herndon | Times]

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

Tampa ranked No. 12 on’s best places to live list. Its hidden gem was Wat Thai Temple, which has a market and dance performances on Sundays. Pictured is the temple. [Handout photo]

A similar ranking from — 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

Aerial drone photo of the neighborhood in Reddington Beach. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA the town of Reddington Beach would be entirely flooded with a two-foot sea level rise. [Luis Santana | Times]

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

The Tampa Police Department are investigating a drive-by shooting that took place inside of the Robles Park Village complex on Friday, October 19, 2017. [Octavio Jones | Times]

According to a list by security system review site, 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

Stephanie Sanderson, a volunteer with Play 4 Kay looks on while Matt Permuth shoots hoops with his daughter Sydney, 9, and Gabby before the start of the NCAA Women's Final Four at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on April 7, 2019. [Octavio Jones | Times]

According to, 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

Unidentified pedestrians cross Whiting Street at the intersection of Franklin Street while carrying umbrellas Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in Tampa. [Chris Urso | Times]

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

Cars at a full stop on the Howard Frankland Bridge closed lanes in January. [Times 2018]

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

Dog trainer and walker, George Gagalis, 68, of Hyde Park prepares to throw a tennis ball as several dogs wait in anticipation near the water's edge Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the dog park located along Davis Islands in Tampa. [Chris Urso | Times]

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

Solar panels on the roof of the home owned by Brenda Probasco, 56, who went live with her solar panels in December and her monthly power bill is now $5.49, at her home in Gulfport. [Dirk Shadd | Times]

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

A Florida police officer's wife has confessed to stealing packages containing kids' Christmas gifts from a neighbor's porch after being caught on surveillance video, according to the Polk County Sheriff's office. The alleged porch pirate, 42-year-old Dana Hager from Lakeland, Florida. [Photo from Polk County S.O.]

Tampa Bay is among the Top 10 metro areas where porch pirates strike the most, according to a ranking by home security company SafeWise.

Other Florida rankings:

Florida was the No. 1 state for bad drivers in 2018

Florida ranks No. 3 for the most student debt

Florida ranks No. 15 in the nation for growing consumer debt

Florida ranks second in most expensive state for car insurance


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