Forbes recognizes St. Pete/Tampa as #4 on list of communities Americans are moving to … perhaps it's our Welcoming Sign?

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Saint Petersburg has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top cities where people are moving to in United States.

According to an article published last week, Tampa-St. Pete ranks No. 4 on the list ahead of Houston, and bellow Austin, Miami and Dallas-Fort Worth.

“The differential in housing costs between New York and Tampa-St. Petersburg now stands at historic highs, and near peak bubble highs between Los Angeles and Phoenix; the traditional growth states are looking more attractive all the time for people looking to make quick money in an economy with shrinking opportunities elsewhere.”

From July 2010 to July 2011, the Tampa Bay area saw an increase of 27,157 people, according to Forbes.

Certainly the beaches and weather and cheap housing are factors as to why folks are moving the Tampa Bay region.

But, perhaps, it’s because we built this “monstrous” (as the Tampa Bay Times refers to it) sign to welcome people to the area.

After all, how the hell do you know where you are if you don’t where you are at?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.