Tampa ranked third best city in U.S. to retire; St. Petersburg is 23rd

Tampa Bay ranked No. 3 on Wallet Hub's "Best & Worst Places to Retire" list for 2018. | [Times file, 2014]
Tampa Bay ranked No. 3 on Wallet Hub's "Best & Worst Places to Retire" list for 2018. | [Times file, 2014]
Published August 15 2018
Updated August 15 2018

Tampa Bay has been named one of the best places for people to retire in the United States, according to a new ranking by credit-monitoring website WalletHub .

The financial advice website released its ranking after comparing data collected from more than 180 cities. It utilized 46 metrics in order to organize the list including the adjusted cost of living, number of senior centers per capita, the percentage of population aged 65 and older and the amount of "mild weather" seen in a given year.

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Tampa earned the No. 3 spot, just behind Orlando and Scottsdale, Ariz.

In addition to Tampa and Orlando, five Florida cities placed in the top 10: Fort Lauderdale (5), Miami (7) and Cape Coral (9).

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St. Petersburg ranked No. 23, falling behind Tampa in activities and health care scores.

The number of top-10 Florida cities shouldn’t be surprising — the state recently ranked as the best state in which to retire.

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