Overview of Tampa
Tampa apartments for rent may be the perfect fit for beach bums, outdoor enthusiasts and sports fanatics. Boasting an average winter temperature of 70 degrees and approximately 361 days of sunshine per year, it's not surprising that Tampa is considered extremely livable by Areavibes.com with a score of 79 out of 100. The Tampa Bay area is separated by bodies of water and linked together by bridges, adding a fresh, saltwater smell to the air and tropical vibe even within the center of the city. More than 332,800 people live in Tampa apartments and homes, all joined together by one common link: Sports. Home to the NFL Buccaneers, NHL Lighting and MLB Rays, as well as several collegiate teams, Tampa is arguably the biggest sports city in The Sunshine State.
Living in Tampa
It's not hard to find Tampa apartments in or near a National Historic Landmark District, as there are several in and around the city. Roughly 39 percent of homes in Tampa are renter occupied, as the majority of them are home to one or two people. It's possible to find a place to accommodate three or four people, but there are very few dwellings for more occupants.
Tampa apartments for rent, complexes and developments were built sporadically since the early 1900s, but the majority of them were constructed between 1970 and 1990.
Tampa Apartments and Cost of Living
While the city overall is only somewhat walkable, people who want to commute primarily on foot should look for apartments in Tampa neighborhoods such as Downtown, North Hyde Park, Historic Ybor and Courier City.
The cost of living in Tampa is fairly inexpensive and is 8 percent lower than the national average. Housing costs are 21 percent lower than the national average, but renters should consider the 6 percent higher rate of transportation.
Tampa Work and Study
Tampa apartments for rent are often occupied by students attending the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida, Saint Leo University or The Art Institute of Tampa. Students looking for apartments may want to consider the Northeast neighborhoods of the city.
The Tampa Bay area attracts tourists nearly year-round, making the tourism industry a life-force in the city. From the beaches to Busch Gardens theme park, there are opportunities for jobs at all levels. Some of the top employers in the area also include MacDill Air Force Base, Hillsborough County Government, Tampa International Airport, JPMorgan Chase and Co. and Publix Supermarkets.