The Tampa Bay area has taken a lot of hits recently – apparently now becoming the laughing stock of magazine lists.
Earlier this year St. Petersburg was named the saddest city in the country. This week we also learned Tampa has been named the most "stressed-out" city.
But the latest knock might be the most serious of all, and it comes from a highly respected name in the magazine world.
Forbes ranked the top cities for business, and Tampa Bay came in at an underwhelming No. 111, ranking behind cities like Holland, Mich., Killeen, Texas, and Scranton, Pa.
The rankings were based on job growth, cost of living and doing business, educational attainment and projected economic growth through 2014. Crime rates, migration patterns and cultural and recreational opportunities also played a factor.
According to Forbes, Tampa is 84th in cost of business, 171st in job growth and 123rd in education. Another Florida city, Ft. Lauderdale, ranked in the bottom 10 at No. 192.
The magazine listed Provo, UT., Raleigh, N.C., and Fort Collins, Co., as its top three.
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