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Tampa and St. Petersburg make top ten list of best “Staycation” cities in the nation

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For people of means in Florida, it’s considered essential to be able to spend part of one’s summer outside the muggy conditions that permeate the Sunshine State.

But what about the rest of us?  According to Wallethub.com, some of the best places to enjoy a “staycation” are right here in Florida, with Tampa and St. Petersburg among the top ten such locations around the nation.

The website ranked 150 cities in all,  and there are four cities in Florida that make the Top 10 list: Orlando is number one, Fort Lauderdale is second, Tampa is third and St. Pete is listed ninth.

WalletHub’s analysts compared the cities across three main dimensions: 1) recreation, 2) Food and entertainment and 3) Rest & Relaxation.

Tampa ranked 2nd in the nation under the rest and relaxation category.

What constitutes what makes a community the best in that category? WalletHub gives points for 1) the cost of house-cleaning service, 2) beauty-salon costs, 3) number of wellness and spa centers per capita, 4) number of public beaches per capita and 5) it’s summer weather ranking.

Rounding out the top ten staycation cites are 4) Salt Lake City, 5) Scottsdale, 6) Atlanta, 7) Las Vegas, 8) Minneapolis and 10) Honolulu.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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