Are you ready to call a beach town home-sweet-home? With summer being peak moving season a new study took a closer look at 2019s Best Beach Towns to Live in from coast to coast.
Some people want to set down roots in a warm place where they can enjoy tropical surroundings, visit the beach when not working, raise their families in a laid-back city, or they simply want a different type of lifestyle. If any of these things are on your bucket list now might be the time to consider relocating to a beach town where you can do one or all of the above. Before you pack your bags you might want to checkout the lists below to see which cities, towns, and states appeal to your own requirements.
To help you with your decision and to determine the most livable beachside communities, WalletHub.com once again compared cities across key metrics. The data set ranges from housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to quality of beach water. The study included 192 cities across 62 key states, according to the website. The study also divides beach towns into two categories, those by the ocean and those by lakes.
Top 10 Best Ocean Beach Towns in America Top 10 Best Lake Beach Towns in America
1 Naples, FL 1 Traverse City, MI
2 Lahaina, HI 2 Folsom, CA
3 Newport Beach, CA 3 Cornelius, NC
4 Carlsbad, CA 4 Holland, MI
5 Boca Raton, FL 5 Kirkland, WA
6 Sarasota, FL 6 Mercer Island, WA
7 North Myrtle Beach, SC 7 Davidson, NC
8 Encinitas, CA 8 Redmond, WA
9 Santa Monica, CA 9 Eden Prairie, MN
10 Venice, FL 10 Bay Village, OH
Best vs. Worst
Ocean Beach Cities:
- Port Lavaca, Texas has the lowest median home price as a share of income, 1.78, which is 8.3 times lower than in Malibu, California, the city with the highest at 14.70.
- Wailuku, Hawaii has the lowest median annual property taxes, 0.16 percent, which is 18.4 times lower than in Shirley, New York, the city with the highest at 2.95 percent.
- Miami Beach, Coral Gables & Key Biscayne, Florida and Port Royal, South Carolina, all share the fewest disaster declarations (since 1953), 12, which is 5.8 times fewer than in Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates and Malibu, California, the cities with the most at 69.
- Rye, New York has the lowest property crimes per 1,000 residents, 4.56, which is 28.6 times lower than in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the city with the highest at 130.58.
Lake Beach Cities:
- Alpena, Michigan, has the lowest median home price as a share of income, 2.03, which is 4.1 times lower than in South Lake Tahoe, California, the city with the highest at 8.28.
- Morgan City, Louisiana, has the lowest median annual property taxes, 0.25 percent, which is 14.8 times lower than in Zion, Illinois, the city with the highest at 3.71 percent.
- Traverse City and Alpena, Michigan, have the fewest disaster declarations (since 1953), three each, which is 18 times fewer than in Lake Elsinore, California, which has the most at 54.
- Bay Village, Ohio, has the lowest property crimes per 1,000 residents, 3.05, which is 40.9 times lower than in Branson, Missouri, the city with the highest at 124.62.
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