If you’re getting ready to move to the MacDill AFB area, then you will find a large number of communities in buy or rent a house. Because of the relatively central location of the base and traffic patterns, you will find that driving time from most communities is almost similar depending on distance. So if you live north of the base in the Westchase area or east in the Brandon/Valrico area, you will find driving times from either location will be 30 to 40 minutes.
You will find most of Tampa is suburbia as described by the MilitaryByOwner staff writer, Karina, in here recent blog “Are we witnessing the return to Suburbia?” There is thriving downtown in Tampa and St. Pete, but you find that these are primarily targeted for young singles or couples. The majority of active duty families at MacDill AFB live in surrounding suburbs.
MacDill AFB is located in the southern part of Tampa. Main roads into the base are Dale Mabry and Bayshore. Known as “South Tampa” which is usually defined as the part of Tampa south of Kennedy Blvd, this community has homes that are within 5 to 15 minutes of driving time to the base.
West of the base is Pinellas County with the major communities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and numerous smaller towns in between.
East of the base in Hillsborough County are the communities of Brandon, Valrico, Riverview and Lithia. Using the Selmon Expressway aids in travel time from these areas. Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit (HART) has commuter express buses from this part of Hillsborough County.
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