Population boom: More young adults moving to Tampa

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – A new study shows the population of young adults in downtown areas of U.S. cities is growing rapidly.

In Tampa, new high-rises, condos, shops and restaurants are breathing new life into the downtown area. That means young adults, mainly 25 to 34-year-olds, are opting to live in the bustling city.

“I think it would be best for me,” said Julie Mixon. “I can’t see myself in a rural area.”

The study says more and more young adults are staying in or moving to downtown areas and Tampa is no exception.

In a decade, the population of young adults living in downtown neighborhoods in the city rose from around 4,600 people to nearly 7,800. That’s a 70 percent increase.

“Experts are telling us the two most important things are sun and water,” Tampa city councilman Mike Suarez tells 8 On Your Side.

Suarez believes those things, plus Tampa’s new and innovative jobs, are causing young adults to move here in droves. And they’re telling others.

“Once they see that this is a great place to live, they send the signals out to their friends in other parts of the country to come to Tampa,” he said.

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