Tampa earns top 10 ranking in best U.S. cities for veterans to live, St. Pete places in top 50

Posted at 3:54 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 16:19:04-05

On Veterans Day, Tampa is a haven for ceremonies honoring military heroes who sacrificed life and limb for American freedom.

Many of its military-related and government institutions are steeped in flags and patriotism.

With the prominence of MacDill Air Force Base and James A. Haley Veterans Hospital to the city's economic fabric, Tampa has become a major destination for servicemen and women to put down roots after their stint of duty.

Research conducted by WalletHub, a personal finance website, now bares that out. 

WalletHub recently named Tampa the ninth best city in the country for veterans to live. Its sister city across Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, was not far behind, placing 32nd in a list of the 2016's Best and Worst Places for Veterans to Live. St. Peterburg is home to Bay Pines VA Medical Center.

Other Florida cities to make the list and their rankings are as followed:

Orlando, 10th;

Jacksonville, 16th;

Miami, 67th;

Hialeah, 76th;