Tampa, the Only Florida City in Bloomberg’s 50 Best Cities 2012 List

Come to Tampa, the only Florida city included in Bloomberg Businessweek’s List of the 50 Best Cities in America for the year 2012.

Tampa ranked 34th in the list, tying with Lincoln, Nebraska.  Compared with Tampa, Lincoln does not have a professional sports team and has only about half of the number of Tampa’s restaurants.  Lincoln however was recognized as having the cleanest air among the 50 cities selected.

Bloomberg says that for its 2012 ranking, it added more weight to the leisure side of cities, so it considered more significantly in its ranking the number of restaurants, bars, museums, parks, libraries, and professional sports teams.  It also considered number of colleges, graduate degree holders, household median income, unemployment rate, crime rate and air quality.  It used data mostly from Onboard Informatics.

The ranking posted that the city of Tampa has 1,114 restaurants, 91 bars, 18 museums, 19 libraries, four professional sports teams, six colleges and 10 acres of park land per 1,000 residents.

Here are the 50 Best Cities in the U.S. in 2012,  according to Bloomberg Businessweek:

1.      San Francisco, California
2.      Seattle, Washington
3.      Washington, D.C.
4.      Boston, Massachusetts
5.      Portland, Oregon
6.      Denver, Colorado
7.      New York, New York
8.      Austin, Texas
9.      San Diego, California
10.      St. Paul, Minnesota
11.      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12.      Minneapolis, Minnesota
13.      Nashville, Tennessee
14.      New Orleans, Louisiana
15.      Kansas City, Missouri
16.      Atlanta, Georgia
17.      Madison, Wisconsin
18.      Raleigh, North Carolina
19.      Honolulu, Hawaii
20.      Columbus, Ohio
21.      Cincinnati, Ohio
22.      Houston, Texas
23.      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
24.      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
25.      Lexington, Kentucky
26.      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
27.      Arlington, Virginia
28.      Chicago, Illinois
29.      Baltimore, Maryland
30.      San Antonio, Texas
31.      Oakland, California
32.      Rochester, New York
33.      San Jose, California
34.      Lincoln, Nebraska
34.      Tampa, Florida
36.      Colorado Springs, Colorado
37.      Indianapolis, Indiana
38.      Tulsa,Oklahoma
39.      Charlotte, North Carolina
40.      Virginia Beach, Virginia
41.      Dallas, Texas
42.      Reno, Nevada
43.      Scottsdale, Arizona
44.      Phoenix, Arizona
45.      Chesapeake, Virginia
46.      Cleveland, Ohio
47.      St. Louis, Missouri
48.      Omaha, Nebraska
49.      Anchorage, Alaska
50.      Los Angeles, California

Owners, sellers and prospective buyers of Tampa real estate are certainly pleased that Tampa made it to the 2012 Best Cities ranking.  It’s an affirmation of their decision to live in the city and enjoy all the man-made and natural blessings that it has.

Among the top attractions in Tampa are the following:

  • Busch Gardens
  • Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
  • Tampa Museum of Science and Industry
  • Tampa Aquarium
  • Tampa Museum of Art
  • Stratz Center for the Performing Arts
  • American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship
  • Henry B Plant Museum
  • Big Cat Rescue
  • Adventure Island Tampa
  • Channelside Tampa
  • Tampa Riverwalk
  • Hillsborough State Park
  • Tampa Bay History Center
  • YBor City

You can enjoy lots of activities and adventures in Tampa and nearby cities, such as fishing, kayaking, canoeing, horse riding, golfing, taking dolphin or dinner cruises, enjoying white-sand beaches and clear waters, or watching Tampa’s professional sports teams.