Best Cities 2010: Tampa, FL

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Best Cities 2010: Tampa, FL

Home to Busch Gardens and plenty of sunshine

City: Tampa

State: Florida

Best Cities Overall Rank: 81

About Tampa:

Sun lovers will dig the Tampa area — according to the Guinness Book of World Records this region has the most number of days of sunshine.

If your kids are into wild animals from Africa, shows and rides of all kinds, nothing beats Busch Gardens in Tampa. FL.

County: Hillsborough

Population: 340,882

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: St. Petersburg Times (Tampa/St. Petersburg)

Tampa blogs:
Steamy Kitchen
Whoa, Momma!
The Daily Loaf

Tampa‘s Facebook page: Follow Tampa on Facebook

Tampa‘s Twitter page: Follow Tampa on Twitter


Education rank: 32

High School graduation rate 2008: 81.20%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.88

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 42

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 12.32

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 264

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.1

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,914


Health rank: 17

Quality children’s hospitals: 4

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 1.17

Quality Pediatricians: 13

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 3.81

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1.67


Safety rank: 77

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2,975

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 872.74

Sex Offenders: 965

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 283.09


Economy rank: 99

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 23

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 13.1

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,295.94

Median Home Sale Price: $129,300

5-Year Home Value Index: -4.39%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 49.53%


Recreation Rank: 63

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3,038

Parkland per 100,000: 891.22


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