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Tampa Bay area among top markets for renters looking to move from somewhere else

The region trails only Denver, Baltimore and San Diego for the percentage of people from outside the area searching for apartments on Apartment List.
More than 44 percent of people who searched on ApartmentList.com for the Tampa Bay area from June to December were outside the region, according to a report from Apartment List. Percentages in the “Top Three Sources” box represent the share of searches coming from outside the metro area. (Apartment List map) [Apartment List]
More than 44 percent of people who searched on ApartmentList.com for the Tampa Bay area from June to December were outside the region, according to a report from Apartment List. Percentages in the “Top Three Sources” box represent the share of searches coming from outside the metro area. (Apartment List map) [Apartment List]
Published Jan. 22

A lot of people are thinking about moving to the Tampa Bay area, according to an ApartmentList.com ranking of the metro areas with the largest percentages of people somewhere else researching apartments on the web site.

From June through December, 44.3 percent of searches on ApartmentList.com for bay area apartments came from outside Tampa Bay. That’s fourth only to Denver, Baltimore and San Diego on a company ranking released Wednesday. Orlando ranked 11th on the list of metros attracting the most renters from elsewhere. Miami was 24th.

Of those looking to rent in the bay area, the largest share — 38.9 percent — did their searches from Orlando, followed by Miami (7.9 percent) and Lakeland (4.5 percent).

Perhaps not coincidentally, Orlando topped the list of metro areas for searches done by people looking for apartments somewhere else. Tampa ranked 17th on that list. Among searchers looking to move out of the bay area, 16 percent researched apartments in Miami, followed by 9.6 percent considering Orlando and 7.3 percent looking at North Port.

Related: Tampa Bay apartment rents keep rising. Here are some of the reasons why.

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