Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders pose during a boat parade on February 10, 2021 after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida.

It’s not exactly a secret. Tampa is the best city in Florida to call home. Even Forbes agrees. They measured things like home affordability, employment opportunities, crime, cost of living, diversity, public transit, healthcare and population growth. We certainly know firsthand about that last one.

Forbes says Tampa has everything you need for daily life. For anything Tampa might be missing, they mentioned that Miami and Orlando are within driving distance. Forbes liked our beaches, sports teams, and somehow we got some praise for our public transportation system. They did visit, right!?

Here was the full top 10.

  • #10: Pensacola

    Pensacola got props for their naval air station, home to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

  • #9: Tallahassee

    Maybe some of the analysts were Seminoles fans?


  • #8: Sarasota

    They loved how Sarasota is family friendly and close to the beach.

  • #7: Melbourne

    Forbes gave The Space Coast props for year-round rocket launches and beach vacations.

  • #6: Miami

    It’s Florida’s biggest city and Forbes loved Miami’s beaches and colorful architecture.



  • #5: Orlando

    For Disney fans, this one’s the obvious choice.

  • #4: Cape Coral

    Their low crime rate helped them beat out the big cities.

  • #3: Gainesville

    Surprised they ranked so high on the list? They loved the area’s state parks and hiking trails, but they scored big points for a lower cost of living.

  • #2: Jacksonville

    Jacksonville’s employment opportunities helped them almost reach the top of the list. Lots of beaches didn’t hurt too.

  • #1: Tampa

    We’re biased. It’s home for us.  But we love our Florida life… and it’s clear with how many keep moving here that others do too.

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