America’s Best Places Rank: 47th
Mayor: Bob Buckhorn
Why it’s ranked: Tampa is a touch of paradise, with nearby beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and good weather for most of the year. The city might have scored higher had it not been for a relatively low median income and the second-worst air quality among these cities.
How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 31.2
Percent under poverty level: 18.6
Median household income: $43,215
Violent crime rate: 752.2
Property crime rate: 3,754
School score: 71.88
Pro sports teams: 3*
Foreclosure rate: .0122
Percent Unemployment: 11.1
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 9.8
Air Quality Index: 167
* Includes the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tampa Bay Lightning.