When people are searching for homes in Tampa, many of them ask about “safety.” They often ask for a home located in a gated community. While Tampa is a big city, there is very little “serious” crime in most of the residential neighborhoods. It really is a great city to live in! Here are the neighborhoods that are the safest in Tampa:
The relatively new neighborhood of Westchase is a northwest Hillsborough community that may look suburban on the map but has all the organization and layout of an old-time Main Street town in the U.S.
Westchase is west of Citrus Park and has a low crime profile. Residents in this prosperous area have an average household income of $106,532 as of the 2010 Census. In more posh areas like this where crime is low on average, police typically see brief periods of crime from criminals looking for homes with higher ticket items. Since even the safest areas fall prey to crime on occasion, one of the best things you can do is to install a home security system. Westchase is a tad more risky than Citrus Park in regards to weather, falling primarily in level D and E evacuation areas.
Minor cases of theft take place in New Tampa, but overall the community has a relatively low crime rate with only a few violent crimes. One of the most appealing aspects in this neighborhood is where it’s located. New Tampa is far enough inland to avoid major damage from flooding and hurricanes. It also doesn’t fall into one of Tampa’s evacuation zones. The neighborhood is also located far enough away from where sinkholes were recently discovered.
Channelside has a wide variety of entertainment and dining choices, making it a popular Tampa neighborhood in which to live. It’s also located closer to the activity and excitement of downtown. With this proximity, however, it does give the area a slightly higher crime rate. Portions of Channelside are also located in level B evacuation areas, making it the second area to face evacuation in the event of a hurricane. A hurricane impacts the city approximately every 2.07 years with about 13 years between direct hits, making this a relatively common threat for residents.
Overall, Tampa is a terrific choice if you’re looking for a growing city that still has affordable housing. The cost of living here is 12.3 percent lower than the national average, and there is so much to love about this part of the country.