Moving from St. Louis, MO, to Tampa, FL
Leaving the Gateway for the Gulf
St. Louis, Missouri, known as the “Gateway to the West,” is smaller than Tampa. Still, since both cities have metro areas with around 3 million people, it’s unlikely you’ll notice a drastic change in population. But you will see other lifestyle changes after moving over 1,000 miles from a landlocked city to one on the Gulf Coast. Keep reading to learn what to expect in your new home in Florida.
Enjoy tropical beach weather
Tampa’s tropical climate includes hot, humid summers with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winters are milder, and snowfall is almost unheard of — there’s been no snow recorded in Tampa since 1977, which was less than 2 inches!
Spring and fall are warm and perfect times to visit the area’s beaches. But Hurricane season runs from June through November and can affect Tampa residents, so it’s important stay informed about the weather before heading out.
Life in Tampa
The cost of living in Tampa is comparable to other similarly sized cities, and the unemployment rate is lower than national averages. Plus, there’s no state income tax in Florida, unlike Massachusetts. The top job industries in Tampa are education, finance, healthcare, technology and tourism. The housing market has become more competitive in recent years, as Florida is a popular destination for retirees and people looking for year-round warm weather.
Education is strong in the city, with 110 public schools and over 225 private schools for grades K-12. Tampa is also home to seven colleges and universities for adult learners, including the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida.
Move to Tampa with U-Pack
With service centers near St. Louis and Tampa, U-Pack® is well-equipped to handle your long-distance move. We’re a DIY moving service, so you take care of packing, loading and unloading, and then we transport your things.