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A Local Perspective

Tampa, located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, is home to just under 350,000 people. It is often lumped in with several other nearby cities to form the Tampa Bay area, which is home to more than 4 million people, and growing quickly. The city is a youthful, energetic and vibrant place to live.

Tampa's dramatic downtown (only Miami is home to more skyscrapers in Florida), its historic landmark buildings, and the truly massive Sunshine Skyway Bridge make for a city full of striking images. It is also home to an extremely large university. The University of South Florida has over 46,000 students, which makes it the 11th busiest school in the country.

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Finding a Tampa Apartment

When to search

Tampa has enough vacant housing that there is really no terrible time to look for an apartment. However, a good tip is to start looking around mid-month whenever you decide to shop. This is when most of the newest listings start to appear, giving you first crack at new apartments hitting the market.

How to Search

Finding an apartment can be hard, especially when there are so many choices. With our filters, you can narrow your search by price, floorplan, and amenities. Looking for an apartment building with a fitness center, swimming pool, and easy access to a dog park? We've got you covered.

Staying in the know

Be as professional as possible when you apply for apartments in Tampa. This means showing up on time for interviews, conducting yourself politely and professionally, and filling out applications correctly and completely. These simple steps go a very long way to giving a landlord a positive impression of a prospective tenant.

Life in Tampa


Many people choose to drive in Tampa, but the city has a particularly bad traffic problem. If you don't enjoy sitting in traffic jams, the city has bus, streetcar and trolley service. Local routes have frequent stops that makes getting on and off close to your destinations a breeze.

Where to play

Make the circuit of the tourist attractions like Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium or the Tampa Museum of Art when you first get to town. To enjoy some great architecture, scenery, food and drink, Davis and Harbor Island are well worth a visit. Tampa also has a great professional sports presence in town. The Buccaneers of the NFL, the Lightning of the NHL and the Rays of the MLB are all worth seeing.

August Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2022 Tampa Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, Rentable data scientists and rental experts break down the August 2022 key findings and figures for the Tampa rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Tampa and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Tampa average rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Tampa Rent Prices Increase From July to August

Tampa rent prices increased over the last month. From July to August, the city experienced a 2.52% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Tampa one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,669.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from July to August, Tampa experienced a 7.45% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Tampa two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,774.0.

August Prices: Tampa vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Tampa and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Tampa over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 7 of the Tampa suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 0 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in St Petersburg, FL, Brandon, FL, Clearwater, FL, Palm Harbor, FL, Gibsonton, FL, Welsey Chapel, FL, Odessa, FL .

  • Rents did not decrease in any of the Tampa suburbs.

  • 3 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Tampa.

  • 4 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Tampa.

August 2022 Pricing Trends: Tampa vs. National Comparisons

Tampa Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Tampa over the past year has been on the rise. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Tampa average rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Tampa one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of Rentable's August 2022 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Tampa and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Tampa and suburbs

1 BR August 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR August 2 BR M/M % Change
Tampa, FL $1,628.0 6.27% $1,651.0 6.93%
St Petersburg, FL $1,579.0 2.80% $1,775.0 3.74%
Brandon, FL $1,677.0 3.90% $1,874.0 5.22%
Clearwater, FL $1,611.0 5.23% $1,994.0 5.90%
Palm Harbor, FL $1,676.0 3.20% $2,038.0 3.82%
Gibsonton, FL $789.0 4.37% $859.0 0.59%
Welsey Chapel, FL $1,645.0 6.96% $2,076.0 6.08%
Odessa, FL $1,884.0 4.09% $2,483.0 2.35%


Each month, using over 1 million Rentable listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.