2017’s Best Beach Towns to Live in

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-beach-towns-to-live-in/36567/Living by the beach is the ultimate dream for many Americans. After all, beachside communities often have represented a relaxed and luxurious way of life. But few realize their dream of living by the water, precisely because of the misconception that beach towns are relatively more expensive and generally less livable than landlocked cities.

Contrary to popular belief, however, many beach towns are suitable to everyday life — and easy on the wallet. So in order to determine the beach communities that are ideal for making one’s permanent home, WalletHub compared 227 cities across 49 key indicators of livability. Our data set ranges from housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to quality of beach water.

Best Beach Towns to Live in

Overall Rank (1=Best) City Total Score ‘Affordability’ Rank ‘Weather’ Rank ‘Safety’ Rank ‘Economy’ Rank ‘Education & Health’ Rank ‘Quality of Life’ Rank
1 Naples, FL 66.36 48 168 53 103 40 1
2 Key West, FL 66.09 63 67 130 31 70 5
3 Eden Prairie, MN 64.73 45 33 74 6 9 120
4 Traverse City, MI 64.35 139 49 15 92 113 7
5 St. Augustine, FL 63.7 118 34 164 146 52 2
6 Charleston, SC 63.67 141 30 85 46 120 10
7 Marco Island, FL 63.57 47 79 2 122 38 45
8 Key Biscayne, FL 63.48 16 86 29 69 46 69
9 Boca Raton, FL 63.4 26 65 116 65 67 18
10 Duluth, MN 63.22 6 88 107 59 4 83
11 Lahaina, HI 63.13 9 118 95 133 142 8
12 Sarasota, FL 63.02 40 134 174 89 55 3
13 Kihei, HI 63 8 31 30 72 147 30
14 Jupiter, FL 62.84 5 83 121 21 69 67
15 Stillwater, MN 61.85 77 20 45 44 5 115
16 Chanhassen, MN 61.77 20 28 198 5 6 173
17 Cloquet, MN 61.74 18 70 27 184 3 163
18 Stoughton, WI 61.4 158 35 7 126 1 176
19 Mill Valley, CA 61.32 13 111 18 3 138 48
20 Olathe, KS 61.01 25 51 71 17 45 174
21 Westport, CT 60.79 1 193 65 63 16 150
22 North Palm Beach, FL 60.77 10 140 28 139 62 101
23 Folsom, CA 60.77 22 14 108 13 195 57
24 Pewaukee, WI 60.72 86 37 13 50 58 125
25 Blaine, MN 60.69 95 19 104 18 7 209
26 Mequon, WI 60.58 64 6 66 120 11 183
27 Miami Beach, FL 60.3 19 146 205 85 89 6
28 Venice, FL 60.22 52 54 120 67 30 55
29 Newport Beach, CA 59.91 128 98 70 20 198 14
30 Naperville, IL 59.73 82 147 31 36 42 79
31 Portland, ME 59.58 116 196 105 55 32 20
32 Bay Village, OH 59.48 88 60 4 51 172 146
33 Kirkland, WA 59.4 142 113 62 2 87 106
34 Benicia, CA 59.33 2 47 40 29 162 137
35 Atlantic Beach, FL 59.29 102 78 32 141 44 65
36 Jacksonville Beach, FL 59.26 41 43 142 117 43 53
37 Alpena, MI 59.18 85 1 6 151 95 100
38 Highland Park, IL 59.18 119 143 20 58 53 92
39 Satellite Beach, FL 59.13 4 157 37 144 96 117
40 Redmond, WA 59.09 99 113 118 4 85 66
41 Washougal, WA 59.07 53 15 23 77 83 180
42 Destin, FL 58.88 23 119 176 125 146 15
43 Pasco, WA 58.81 15 3 117 95 94 216
44 Santa Monica, CA 58.63 209 139 81 34 217 4
45 Coral Gables, FL 58.5 28 148 103 39 56 88
46 Mercer Island, WA 58.5 89 113 94 24 76 107
47 Batavia, IL 58.36 111 156 43 53 36 112
48 Hastings, MN 58.2 120 20 86 118 12 195
49 Holland, MI 58.03 168 20 83 40 98 68
50 Vero Beach, FL 57.92 157 75 144 173 35 17
51 Shorewood, WI 57.88 204 109 8 186 19 86
52 Fernandina Beach, FL 57.7 153 81 14 148 50 43
53 Carlsbad, CA 57.7 35 178 78 23 181 32
54 San Clemente, CA 57.65 57 92 60 14 205 74
55 Clearwater, FL 57.57 69 64 184 87 72 37
56 Dana Point, CA 57.53 46 127 44 48 208 42
57 Encinitas, CA 57.45 37 178 56 16 183 41
58 Sonoma, CA 57.34 24 40 92 99 125 60
59 Lee’s Summit, MO 57.32 17 120 91 28 110 214
60 Brookfield, WI 57.31 113 37 88 33 61 152
61 Santa Barbara, CA 57.31 190 100 93 47 191 12
62 River Falls, WI 57.28 194 4 17 175 10 127
63 Port Royal, SC 57.11 71 7 12 143 101 213
64 Alameda, CA 56.97 145 108 57 27 156 61
65 Laconia, NH 56.89 184 71 76 45 15 121
66 Dunedin, FL 56.78 84 107 125 68 64 97
67 Seal Beach, CA 56.71 68 128 69 15 193 82
68 Mitchell, SD 56.61 12 4 73 140 126 142
69 Coronado, CA 56.52 160 180 25 1 176 54
70 Cocoa Beach, FL 56.41 3 157 199 134 105 33
71 Tarpon Springs, FL 56.34 21 55 171 152 66 114
72 Fort Myers, FL 56.28 44 105 207 102 48 27
73 San Mateo, CA 56.16 162 90 58 10 206 70
74 Milford, CT 56.08 75 164 59 138 21 160
75 Fridley, MN 56.05 174 9 127 91 14 220
76 Edmonds, WA 56.03 136 125 97 30 81 138
77 Goleta, CA 55.92 149 100 63 11 178 103
78 New Smyrna Beach, FL 55.87 11 153 151 115 119 50
79 Bozeman, MT 55.77 202 52 48 25 194 59
80 Lake Forest, CA 55.74 104 98 50 37 207 102
81 Burlington, VT 55.72 223 186 54 80 2 36
82 Ocean City, NJ 55.68 166 199 51 160 25 26
83 Loveland, CO 55.6 134 82 153 12 92 123
84 Gulfport, FL 55.52 29 58 150 209 68 161
85 Laguna Beach, CA 55.48 193 132 98 19 200 31
86 Manhattan Beach, CA 55.43 155 171 38 7 210 73
87 Stuart, FL 55.43 66 56 162 165 174 24
88 San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA 55.37 93 131 100 75 150 44
89 Norwalk, CT 55.05 42 193 67 83 31 166
90 Council Bluffs, IA 55.04 197 104 109 78 17 153
91 Santa Cruz, CA 54.94 192 71 146 159 143 16
92 Branson, MO 54.81 78 97 214 129 153 11
93 Delray Beach, FL 54.8 51 140 173 108 80 58
94 Gages Lake, IL 54.78 150 143 87 157 63 108
95 Portage, IN 54.77 154 122 90 150 41 192
96 Redondo Beach, CA 54.74 171 170 39 9 216 56
97 Pensacola, FL 54.74 114 188 181 136 75 21
98 Bonita Springs, FL 54.7 43 105 227 56 39 63
99 St. Cloud, FL 54.6 56 71 55 49 169 207
100 Newburyport, MA 54.58 116 209 61 22 49 154
101 Kapolei, HI 54.57 90 25 131 43 151 126
102 Brunswick, ME 54.35 101 196 33 106 29 124
103 Lantana, FL 54.34 31 83 161 194 93 157
104 South Portland, ME 54.34 109 204 102 35 28 119
105 Boynton Beach, FL 54.33 49 66 185 113 84 96
106 Hermosa Beach, CA 54.32 151 160 26 60 212 35
107 Fort Walton Beach, FL 54.04 70 46 124 166 144 98
108 Olympia, WA 54.02 173 87 163 112 77 40
109 Wailuku, HI 54.01 108 28 1 170 140 105
110 Shoreline, WA 53.95 183 113 80 62 91 135
111 Marina, CA 53.89 61 53 129 86 182 170
112 Daly City, CA 53.78 146 90 47 42 209 148
113 Juneau, AK 53.74 7 212 159 26 155 78
114 Oak Creek, WI 53.7 165 109 195 38 18 221
115 Port Lavaca, TX 53.54 65 17 122 215 74 219
116 Hudson, FL 53.49 60 59 220 172 82 141
117 Plattsburgh, NY 53.43 131 36 11 183 180 90
118 Sterling, IL 53.41 206 13 36 168 20 194
119 Monterey, CA 53.39 147 174 157 98 177 22
120 Stratford, CT 53.34 87 193 72 201 22 162
121 Pacifica, CA 53.18 172 93 89 8 203 169
122 Savannah, GA 53.05 133 76 136 178 139 39
123 North Myrtle Beach, SC 53 140 68 209 94 148 13
124 Carpinteria, CA 52.93 167 100 16 107 189 81
125 Pacific Grove, CA 52.85 34 174 49 104 173 80
126 Ashland, OR 52.83 112 9 137 114 159 91
127 Swampscott, MA 52.83 110 207 41 96 47 151
128 Ewa Beach, HI 52.76 36 24 131 187 166 167
129 Kailua, HI 52.72 79 126 197 163 224 19
130 East Haven, CT 52.71 187 137 46 197 23 204
131 Hampton, VA 52.62 169 138 77 164 27 211
132 Hallandale Beach, FL 52.61 14 148 149 147 118 175
133 Gloucester, MA 52.51 135 210 83 84 51 84
134 Lake Havasu City, AZ 52.49 76 18 99 132 175 140
135 Rye, NY 52.49 67 191 5 73 168 202
136 Burien, WA 52.48 198 113 152 32 100 184
137 San Luis Obispo, CA 52.44 216 40 154 105 188 23
138 Jensen Beach, FL 52.37 39 56 223 149 170 95
139 Smyrna, DE 52.37 138 162 34 176 57 159
140 Biddeford, ME 52.27 81 196 175 100 33 130
141 Beaufort, SC 52.21 32 7 201 211 112 76
142 Palos Verdes Estates, CA 52.15 130 171 10 110 211 104
143 Rocky River, OH 52.13 156 60 113 97 179 129
144 Riviera Beach, FL 52.1 33 83 210 162 79 165
145 Vermilion, OH 52.02 144 45 3 190 196 198
146 Gulf Shores, AL 51.91 27 181 193 71 158 38
147 Salem, MA 51.87 182 210 101 54 54 94
148 South Yarmouth, MA 51.83 161 136 143 109 71 136
149 Ormond Beach, FL 51.68 98 153 167 79 122 85
150 Kenosha, WI 51.39 205 166 52 195 59 149
151 Hollywood, FL 51.34 126 182 141 127 117 72
152 Half Moon Bay, CA 51.33 105 93 196 64 199 49
153 Kaneohe, HI 51.33 94 25 177 82 154 145
154 Anacortes, WA 51.3 137 185 68 70 127 113
155 South Lake Tahoe, CA 51.09 225 12 140 171 218 28
156 Revere, MA 50.97 201 205 110 52 34 215
157 New Rochelle, NY 50.84 176 191 35 57 186 178
158 Apollo Beach, FL 50.62 74 121 220 88 78 222
159 Bellingham, WA 50.53 196 202 147 116 109 34
160 Michigan City, IN 50.47 186 32 166 196 24 179
161 Newport, RI 50.43 177 189 126 130 202 29
162 Melbourne, FL 50.41 100 95 200 142 103 118
163 Galveston, TX 50.19 143 190 139 145 124 62
164 New London, CT 50.1 211 151 79 217 13 133
165 Hull, MA 50.09 83 200 64 124 106 171
166 Panama City Beach, FL 49.82 62 129 215 93 215 25
167 Long Beach, NY 49.81 127 216 19 41 141 189
168 Westerly, RI 49.77 178 201 115 111 90 75
169 Hobe Sound, FL 49.5 50 123 223 76 167 144
170 Lakewood, WA 49.35 180 63 178 155 99 182
171 Waianae, HI 49.34 73 25 131 206 164 196
172 Myrtle Beach, SC 49.13 185 68 219 158 163 9
173 Capitola, CA 48.96 175 177 112 128 152 93
174 Waukegan, IL 48.96 221 152 82 189 86 208
175 Rolla, MO 48.85 191 62 148 121 115 164
176 La Porte, TX 48.8 148 183 111 131 133 217
177 Ocean Springs, MS 48.71 58 184 138 167 201 89
178 Dania Beach, FL 48.64 164 148 156 180 123 132
179 Eureka, CA 48.54 152 40 172 135 185 128
180 Oregon, OH 48.49 91 20 134 169 223 168
181 Lake Worth, FL 48.47 80 140 206 161 107 134
182 Racine, WI 48.42 214 133 155 198 26 190
183 Malibu, CA 48.22 200 176 42 193 213 51
184 Watsonville, CA 48.19 195 71 75 204 160 185
185 Port Washington, NY 48.14 92 216 9 90 137 177
186 Spring Hill, FL 48.11 121 80 222 192 37 224
187 Yuma, AZ 48.07 30 2 180 220 219 155
188 Fort Pierce, FL 47.66 124 44 204 219 88 116
189 Lynn, MA 47.58 210 207 135 137 60 191
190 Dover, DE 47.13 163 162 194 203 8 156
191 Muskegon, MI 47.05 218 9 160 208 108 110
192 Merritt Island, FL 46.94 55 157 217 181 102 199
193 Zion, IL 46.67 227 143 128 205 73 200
194 Biloxi, MS 46.63 72 124 186 153 226 138
195 Warwick, RI 46.58 159 203 119 66 221 122
196 Sebring, FL 46.53 208 89 114 221 114 64
197 Hilo, HI 46.51 103 135 216 179 222 71
198 Massena, NY 46.37 219 15 22 218 184 172
199 Santa Fe Springs, CA 46.22 59 160 183 174 220 111
200 Woodbury, NY 46.16 107 206 96 74 204 158
201 Richmond, CA 46.1 170 173 169 119 171 225
202 Port Huron, MI 46.06 207 48 179 212 116 186
203 Daytona Beach, FL 45.8 96 153 213 202 130 46
204 Glen Cove, NY 45.8 213 222 21 81 149 193
205 Navarre, FL 45.7 115 165 226 123 121 223
206 Panama City, FL 45.49 132 129 202 177 214 52
207 Holiday, FL 45.44 97 112 218 224 97 212
208 Lompoc, CA 45.29 189 100 165 182 197 205
209 Morro Bay, CA 44.97 212 167 123 199 192 87
210 Essex, MD 44.89 106 77 211 213 134 226
211 Ventnor City, NJ 44.8 203 215 106 225 65 77
212 St. Helens, OR 44.44 38 169 158 210 187 206
213 Morgan City, LA 43.47 125 213 24 156 227 188
214 Great Neck, NY 43.1 179 222 187 61 136 99
215 Mount Sinai, NY 42.95 54 218 187 154 131 203
216 Wantagh, NY 42.86 123 222 170 101 128 187
217 Asbury Park, NJ 39.57 224 219 212 214 104 47
218 Lake Elsinore, CA 39.14 217 187 168 185 225 201
219 Massapequa, NY 39.13 188 222 182 188 128 147
219 Ashtabula, OH 39.13 226 50 203 227 161 210
221 Lorain, OH 39.13 222 39 145 223 190 227
222 Cocoa, FL 38.98 220 95 225 226 111 143
223 Babylon, NY 38.78 122 226 187 216 135 131
224 Hampton Bays, NY 38.71 129 220 187 200 165 181
225 Stony Brook, NY 38.61 181 214 187 207 132 197
226 Patchogue, NY 36.84 215 226 187 191 157 109
227 Shirley, NY 34.98 199 220 208 222 145 218

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