Cost of living: 7.6 percent below national average
Median home value: $135,000
While other parts of Florida may cater more toward retirees, Tampa is a good option for those who want to retire near the beach, but still have access to urban cultural attractions. Just 11 percent of the population is 65 or older, compared to Florida's average of 17 percent of residents in this age range, according to the Census.
The nearby towns of Sarasota, Bradenton, Clearwater and St. Petersburg also offer other cultural and sporting attractions. Plus, Tampa isn't far from Disney World, a great selling point for retirees with grandchildren."