The 15 Best Beach Towns to Live in This Year

They are as much about the beach as they are about affordability, local vibe and nightlife


What defines the “best” beach town? Is it all about waking up with a nice breeze, enjoying world-class seafood at just about any small restaurant, and/or feeding off positive energy because of the art and music festivals?[slideshow:102205]

Sounds about right, but these towns are as much about the beach as they are about their residents, local vibe, culture and nightlife.

With summer being peak moving season, the personal-finance website WalletHub took a close look at this year’s best beach towns to live in. To determine the most livable beachside communities, WalletHub compared 227 cities across 49 key metrics. The data set ranges from housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to quality of beach water.

A great beach town can be its own island with secluded or crowded beaches, with overwater bungalows and luxurious lodgings; it can be a barrier island where youngsters are looking to save money while still having an amazing experience; or it can also be a surfing mecca, where people can also watch big-wave surfers in action during the wintertime.

Regardless of the definition that suits you, such places are located all over the U.S.

Click here for 2017’s 15 best beach towns to live in

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