What does it take to make Coastal Living’s Happiest Seaside Town list? Lots of sunny days, clean air and beaches, easy commutes, low crime, and plenty of walking trails.
The magazine (and social media users) used those attributes to help rank towns that managed to maintain a “coastal vibe” and a high standard of living. Here’s the top happiest seaside towns in order:
The Coastal Living 2016 Top Ten Happiest Seaside Towns in America, in Ranked Order:
#2 Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
#3 Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
#4 Hilo, Hawaii
#5 Fairhope, Alabama
#6 Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina
#7 Capitola, California
#8 Seaside, Oregon
#9 Portland, Maine
#10 Hermosa Beach, California
“America’s Happiest Seaside Town of 2016 is on Florida’s Treasure Coast, and that location could not be more appropriate,” said Coastal Living Editor Steele Marcoux. “Stuart is an Old Florida–style treasure that stood out as the top among a special list of dreamy towns by the sea. All ten of these locales truly embody blissful beach life.”
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