11. Tampa, Florida
Best Places to Live 2018 Rank: 75
Metro Population: 2,927,714
Median Home Price: $183,592
Median Annual Salary: $45,510
The Tampa metro area includes popular vacation destinations in cities along Tampa Bay, namely Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. While the tourism industry is certainly a main source of employment, the University of South Florida, MacDill Air Force Base and Publix Super Markets are also major employers in the metro area.