A recent segment on NBC's "Today" show highlighted the 10 best places to live after the Covid-19 pandemic ends, as ranked by a New York Realtor, and Tampa landed on the list for its weather, culture and arts scene featuring a plethora of festivals and its proximity to beaches.
City attractions including ZooTampa and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay were also highlighted.
A spot on these kinds of lists can go a long way to attracting new people to Tampa, especially as many major companies are beginning to offer full-remote positions. Many workers will no longer be tied to cities near their jobs, allowing them to move wherever they want.
Tampa is already expected to see a large influx of people this year with Zillow highlighting it as a hot housing market even as prices rise due to decreased inventory. Tampa Bay saw the fourth-largest net inflow of residents last year beating out competitor cities like Austin, Texas and Atlanta, and that trend is expected to continue in 2021.
Here is what "Today" had to say about Tampa:
"Tampa seems to have all the right ingredients to make it a great city to live in after the pandemic: affordability, safety, job market, education and culture. Weather also plays a big role in determining where people want to live year-round, and Tampa does not disappoint. Even the ocean is warmer since it’s located on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida. Additionally, you can live by a beach without feeling stretched financially. Exciting festivals, Tampa Bay History Center, art and music performances, Busch Gardens and ZooTampa offer an abundance of outdoor activities. The city is also a great place to raise a family, and there are more job opportunities than ever before, especially for those who are bilingual. Did we mention there is no state income tax?"
Other cities highlighted in the report included Raleigh, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; Phoenix and Nashville, Tennessee.
The article can be found here.