Aside from the gorgeous warm weather, Clearwater offers an incredible lifestyle centered around being outdoors — on the beach, at festivals, golfing, fishing, shopping and more. The city made our list because of its low unemployment rate and affordability, plus its first-rate infrastructure, which includes easy walkability and several public transportation options.
Local Obsession: That beach lifestyle. After all, Clearwater regularly wins accolades for being one of the best beaches in America/Florida.
Climate Described In 6 Words Or Less: Warm, humid, gorgeous.
Top Industries and Employers: Clearwater is home to quite a diverse mix of industries. Here, you’ll find employers like Honeywell Aerospace, MarineMax, PODS Enterprises and GE Instrument Transformers.
Local Dream Job: Being retired and spending all day fishing.
Quintessential Meal: Fresh seafood of any kind — no, seriously.
Favorite Weekend Activity: Playing on the water, whether that’s boating, jet-skiing, stand-up paddleboarding or just hanging on the beach.
Best Brewery: Big Storm Brewing Co., which not only serves delicious craft beer, but also fancy coffee drinks and 18 flavors of homemade ice cream.
Beloved Bookstore: The Little Shop of Wonders Books, Movies & Music, a friendly place to pick up a book, a DVD, a CD, a record or all of the above.
Free Way To Have Fun: Head to Pier 60, a fun spot with vendors, artists and buskers, plus a free outdoor movie theater. (You’ll have to fork over $1 to get all the way to the end of the pier, but it’s free until then!)
Truly Hidden Gem: Pierogi Grill and Deli, which makes authentic Polish food and has an old police cruiser out front that reads “Clearwater Pierogi Department.”
- Sarah Kuta