Residents of the Tampa Bay area enjoy both a laid-back beach lifestyle and the amenities of a large metropolitan area, including three professional sports teams, interesting museums and an array of entertainment and dining options.

The Tampa Bay metro area is a sprawling and diverse region that encompasses three cities – Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater – each with a distinct personality.

Living in the Tampa Bay area is like being on vacation all year. Located north of the bay, Tampa has a hip social scene, a thriving Hispanic community, and is notable for Ybor City, once known as "the Cigar Capital of the World." On the opposite side of the bay, the beaches of St. Petersburg offer water sports and activities like parasailing and dolphin-watching cruises, while the city itself has become a major arts destination, home of the renowned Salvador Dali Museum. Clearwater is popular with the spring break crowd and is home to the marine movie star, Winter, of "Dolphin Tale."

Tampa's climate displays some characteristics of a sub-tropical climate. This means that there are hot days and frequent thunderstorms in the summer (with less frequent rain in the fall and winter), and occasional cold fronts that might lead to a light freeze during the winter. The official recorded high temperature has never hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), peaking at 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius).

Tampa has 3 professional sports teams, is home to some of the best beaches in America, and has something to offer for almost everyone, no matter your hobbies, as long as they don't include snow.

U.S. News has ranked Tampa as the 75th best place to live in the United States.