U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Tampa Bay
 [Register]
Tampa Bay Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Thread summary:

Tampa Bay booming, Florida’s rapid growth, Tampa metro, poor infrastructure and growing pains, old homes, new condos, cheaper cost of living, job salaries

Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-06-2008, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Bay Area
2,406 posts, read 6,691,633 times
Reputation: 1838

Advertisements

Tampa crime is at an all time low. Crime is finally on the right side of the curve.

Hillsborough: Tampa crime rate at 28-year low

And I looked up crime and sex offender rates by neighborhood before choosing a home in Tampa. The area I found was much lower in crime and offenders than South Tampa, and there were many other neighborhoods with similar numbers. As long as people do their research, Tampa, statistically speaking, is no worse, and frankly much safer, than many other areas in the country.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-22-2008, 07:47 AM
 
2 posts, read 6,167 times
Reputation: 10
Default How did you find crime rates by neighborhood?

Quote:
Originally Posted by faina00 View Post
Tampa crime is at an all time low. Crime is finally on the right side of the curve.

Hillsborough: Tampa crime rate at 28-year low

And I looked up crime and sex offender rates by neighborhood before choosing a home in Tampa. The area I found was much lower in crime and offenders than South Tampa, and there were many other neighborhoods with similar numbers. As long as people do their research, Tampa, statistically speaking, is no worse, and frankly much safer, than many other areas in the country.

I'm starting a job in Tampa Oct 14th. I've been trying to find crime rates by neighborhood all morning through Google and actually searched for "Tampa crime rates by neighborhood" and didn't find anything that actually broke it down that way. Where did you find that data?

I've found a house in South Tampa that I would like to buy but because I have a current mortgage (trying to sell my house will not be easy) I don't think I will be able to afford it. So I've started looking for lower cost houses. I've found a few in Ybor/east Ybor and the area east of the called the "East Side Commercial area". A lot of websites have warned against going above 275 but now I'm reading that even that may be wrong. (?) I've been reading that Ybor is becoming the new gay area. Does anyone know if that is true? Being gay and being moving with my partner of 9 years that would be a plus. But if I have to worry about getting robbed or killed in my own neighborhood I would prefer to live in another area.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Charlie
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-22-2008, 08:37 AM
 
14,434 posts, read 28,957,305 times
Reputation: 16665
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charlie_surfer View Post
I'm starting a job in Tampa Oct 14th. I've been trying to find crime rates by neighborhood all morning through Google and actually searched for "Tampa crime rates by neighborhood" and didn't find anything that actually broke it down that way. Where did you find that data?

I've found a house in South Tampa that I would like to buy but because I have a current mortgage (trying to sell my house will not be easy) I don't think I will be able to afford it. So I've started looking for lower cost houses. I've found a few in Ybor/east Ybor and the area east of the called the "East Side Commercial area". A lot of websites have warned against going above 275 but now I'm reading that even that may be wrong. (?) I've been reading that Ybor is becoming the new gay area. Does anyone know if that is true? Being gay and being moving with my partner of 9 years that would be a plus. But if I have to worry about getting robbed or killed in my own neighborhood I would prefer to live in another area.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Charlie
I'm a Tampa native, and would stay out of those areas (East Ybor) if I were you. Try to get in South Tampa, you will like that the best. The next area to check would be parts of Seminole Heights: one "gayborhood" that I am familiar with is the area around Lake Roberta. Other than that if you want Sem. Hghts stay west of Florida Avenue. If Tampaguy from this forum sees your post he may be able to chime in with more advice for you.

Good luck.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-22-2008, 09:33 AM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
1,824 posts, read 7,411,792 times
Reputation: 1027
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charlie_surfer View Post
I'm starting a job in Tampa Oct 14th. I've been trying to find crime rates by neighborhood all morning through Google and actually searched for "Tampa crime rates by neighborhood" and didn't find anything that actually broke it down that way. Where did you find that data?

I've found a house in South Tampa that I would like to buy but because I have a current mortgage (trying to sell my house will not be easy) I don't think I will be able to afford it. So I've started looking for lower cost houses. I've found a few in Ybor/east Ybor and the area east of the called the "East Side Commercial area". A lot of websites have warned against going above 275 but now I'm reading that even that may be wrong. (?) I've been reading that Ybor is becoming the new gay area. Does anyone know if that is true? Being gay and being moving with my partner of 9 years that would be a plus. But if I have to worry about getting robbed or killed in my own neighborhood I would prefer to live in another area.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Charlie
For crime rates in each neighborhood(even calls each day), are found on the Tampa City Website TAMPA FLORIDA USA municipal government - official web site for the City of Tampa, Florida

Try Public Safety, and Police Calls for Service Maps.

Ybor City area is going through its 3rd regentrification since ive been here(over 20 years)..the West End is primarily opening Gay owned and operated bars, restaurants, art galleries, shops...check out Gaybor.com. Slowly more and more people of all kinds are moving into the area.

East of Ybor, and East Tampa itself can be kind of sketchy(I wouldnt live there or advise too either). South Tampa neighborhoods(below Kennedy Blvd), and also as mentioned previously Seminole Heights areas, Riverside Heights west of Florida Ave are also areas you can look into as well.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-22-2008, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
150 posts, read 396,938 times
Reputation: 107
Quote:
Originally Posted by radraja View Post
Florida is a rapidly growing state. Job growth in the Tampa metro is supposed to be very high over the next decade or so.

My sister has been transferred to Tampa from the Phoenix metro (job situation), and wants to know what to expect. Does the Tampa metro have the same "boom town" atmosphere as western cities? Or does the region model more of a "smart growth"? Does population growth seem to be within control for the most part?

She adores Phoenix, but has felt the brunt of poor infrastructure and growing pains, and is hoping that Tampa will be an improvement.

Any insight?
Tampa's population is growing, and the same applies for the rest of Florida. Currently, we have the fourth highest population in the US, but we may reach third at some point and push ahead of New York.

I hope the crime winds down to a point where we only have a few incidents. This city is great, and it would be even better if all of it were walkable (by "walkable" I mean so safe that you can walk down the street without worrying).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-22-2008, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Tampa
68 posts, read 187,001 times
Reputation: 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by rtjr View Post
Suggesting that anyone who plans on moving to Tampa should buy a gun and learn how to use it is nothing short of laughable. Steer clear of Carrolwood? Why? Overall that is a safe, family friendly area. St Pete has some great neighborhoods as well. It's really scary what some people post on these message boards...
Just for the record, so does Town N Country. I've lived here 14 years now (grew up in Miami) and although some areas are struggling, overall its a decent place.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-22-2008, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Tampa
68 posts, read 187,001 times
Reputation: 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charlie_surfer View Post
I'm starting a job in Tampa Oct 14th. I've been trying to find crime rates by neighborhood all morning through Google and actually searched for "Tampa crime rates by neighborhood" and didn't find anything that actually broke it down that way. Where did you find that data?

I've found a house in South Tampa that I would like to buy but because I have a current mortgage (trying to sell my house will not be easy) I don't think I will be able to afford it. So I've started looking for lower cost houses. I've found a few in Ybor/east Ybor and the area east of the called the "East Side Commercial area". A lot of websites have warned against going above 275 but now I'm reading that even that may be wrong. (?) I've been reading that Ybor is becoming the new gay area. Does anyone know if that is true? Being gay and being moving with my partner of 9 years that would be a plus. But if I have to worry about getting robbed or killed in my own neighborhood I would prefer to live in another area.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Charlie
I believe you can check the crime stats by zip code. The Tampa Tribune publishes it weekly. I agree the gang activity has increased but the most of the violent crime seems to be among themselves. I did have my car burglarized recently...but I stupidly left my doors unlocked. They made off with my kids portable DVD player and my brief case. It was the "13" gang. The left 13 dimes on my car.... Anyway, most of them are middle school kids. Crime always increases when school lets out. Personally, even though I live in 'tough' Town N Country........I enjoy the diversity and the reasonable RE costs here. The crime just isn't that big of a deal here. I grew up in Miami.....it was way worse.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-22-2008, 10:50 PM
 
Location: #
9,604 posts, read 14,069,712 times
Reputation: 6248
Quote:
Originally Posted by TNRyan23 View Post
There are TONS of jobs availible in Houston that pay good and don't have nearly the competition for them. Add in the cheaper cost of living and I think I have a winner.

I guess that's the good thing about Texas as compared to Florida, Texas isn't a tourist trap.
You are absolutely correct. My mom's side of the family all lives in Tampa and I love the city. I live in Houston and you cannot compare the opportunities Houston has versus Tampa. Also, the cost of living is cheaper in Houston. I'd say Houston is the wise choice.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-22-2008, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
381 posts, read 470,685 times
Reputation: 524
As a former resident of the Bay Area:

I remember in the 1980's the crime rate was pretty unreal in many parts of the Bay Area. It's a lot less now than it was.

The economy of the Bay Area is WAY too dependent on tourism, call centers and construction. It's pretty unsustainable.

I would only consider Tampa and Florida in general as a place to retire not to work or raise kids.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-23-2008, 04:17 PM
 
5,969 posts, read 7,235,958 times
Reputation: 1614
To answer your question, NO, not Tampa or any other city in Florida is booming. Florida is losing jobs everyday and the wages are far lower than many other states. I would call cities like Houston and Dallas, for example, to be current boom towns.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Florida > Tampa Bay
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top