MSN names Tampa one of America's biggest boomtowns
10. TAMPA, FLORIDA
On the west coast of the state of Florida, Tampa has seen its population grow 1.9% year on year. This influx of new residents likely helped drop its unemployment rate by 1.5% to 3.2%, grow its GDP by an average of 4.2% and boost its housing growth rate by 3.4%. Together this pushed Tampa into the top 10 for the first time since the annual study began four years ago.
WHY TAMPA'S TOPS
With the average temperature rarely dipping below 70°F (21°C), beach life, a low crime rate and plenty of affordable housing, it's no surprise that people are flocking to this buzzy coastal town. Tampa is also making a name for itself as an emerging start-up hub, which is attracting entrepreneurs looking to move to a new city straight from college.