In a time when a presidential candidate can launch a campaign based on a single complaint – i.e. “The Rent Is Too Damn High,” – the Tampa Bay area once again offers a cause for hope.
Among comparable metropolitan areas, Tampa’s housing and utility costs (and its overall cost of living) are the lowest, according to a report published earlier this year.1 The nonprofit Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation surveyed a number of factors in communities nationwide to come to this conclusion, including groceries, housing, transportation, healthcare, and more.2
The average cost of living was ranked on the report’s scale as a “100”; Tampa received an overall score of 89.1.3 The only category where costs in the Bay area exceeded the national average was for groceries. Cities that Tampa beat out for the top spot in its peer group include Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, Austin, Nashville, Atlanta, and Dallas.4
So consider coming to join us in a city where the living is great… and affordable! And if you’re here, know that it’s unlikely that the grass is greener on the other side… not only because we’re close to the tropics, but because the Bay is easier on your pocketbook compared to most cities in the U.S.
Danielson, Richard. “New Report: Tampa Bay Area Still a Bargain Compared to Other Regions.” Tampa Bay Times, 4 Feb. 2019, www.tampabay.com/business/new-report-tampa-bay-area-has-low-cost-of-living-compared-to-other-metro-areas-20190204/.