A couple years ago, I moved a little further south and bought a home in Riverview, Florida. In looking for a home, I wanted something decent for the price - so I settled to be just outside of the Tampa city limits. Riverview is just east of Tampa, and just south of Brandon area.
Coming from a smaller town, I grew up in neighborhoods where everyone knew each other. Neighbors kept an eye when one another was gone - and of course you'd have the neighborhood BBQ and get together.
When I moved, I first noticed that everyone seems to stay inside a ton - barely any movement unless the lawn was being worked on. I waved to a few neighbors as I was unloading, and unpacking - a wave back is it... but they all kept to themselves. One neighbor, out of all, actually came up - rang my doorbell and welcomed me to the neighborhood.
I had to devise a plan - because I like to know what happens around my area, and I definitely like to know who is living around me... This is what I did:
Step One - I downloaded the popular neighborhood app "NextDoor" - this app allows you to register by your address, so you can communicate with only people from your community. It's like a message-board in an app. There's several categories such as Events, For Sale, Crime & Safety, Lost & Found, and Recommendations. This was how I actually reached out to many neighbors to say hello, and introduce myself.
Also: Look on Facebook Groups for groups for your community - which people create for their area; if there is none, try to create your own (there may be others looking like you!).
Step Two - Discover the local hangouts. Look for places to meet others with common interest as yourself. In Riverview, there are only a few "entertaining" things to do - such as Bowling, Parks, Movies, and TECO's Manatee Viewing Center... however, as a very fast-paced growing community - I'm sure more will arrive soon.
I did find one local bar, Linksters Taproom - which featured a fun game of "Adult Trivia" each week ... this allowed me to find people and partner up for groups to compete in the trivia game - while laughing our butts off at the VERY adult questions.
Step Three - If you're tired of your neighborhood being so QUIET... try some of these tips to meet your neighbors!
Just travel 25 minutes to Tampa... and enjoy this: