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50 best beach towns to live in

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50 best beach towns to live in

People innately love being near the water. Just the act of looking at a body of water—in real life or in a photograph—measurably lowers stress levels. Sure, the average cost of a waterfront home in the U.S. is about double that of a similar house located inland. But you get what you pay for: People who live near rivers, lakes, and oceans are also happier and healthier than those who live away from water. When you think of it that way, maybe that waterfront view is worth spending extra money on rent.

An average home in Southern California’s Malibu or Manhattan Beach can cost more than $3 million, to be sure, but that doesn’t mean all beach property breaks the bank. Homeowners in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, can get a place by the coast for less than $250,000. Head to Jacksonville, North Carolina, to snag a home that’s even cheaper—albeit without the amenities of Malibu’s year-round Mediterranean climate or world-renowned shopping. Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in.

To find out, Stacker consulted 2019 data from WalletHub that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn 39 of the 50 towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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#50. Dana Point, California

- Total score: 54.87
- Affordability rank: #81
- Weather rank: #52
- Safety rank: #31
- Economy rank: #28
- Education and health rank: #86
- Quality of rank life: #49

California’s coastal town of Dana Point offers beach access to the Pacific Ocean at popular spots like Doheny State Beach or Salt Creek Beach. Residents who like golf can play 18 holes at the oceanfront Monarch Beach Golf Links, designed by golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.

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#49. Wilmington, North Carolina

- Total score: 54.94
- Affordability rank: #63
- Weather rank: #38
- Safety rank: #114
- Economy rank: #87
- Education and health rank: #76
- Quality of rank life: #21

Highly rated schools and three island beaches make the densely suburban Wilmington a top choice for young families and professionals. The city has a bustling nightlife, tons of restaurants, shops, and a Riverwalk. The nearby University of North Carolina campus gives the riverfront port town a youthful energy.

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#48. Monterey, California

- Total score: 55.00
- Affordability rank: #129
- Weather rank: #58
- Safety rank: #88
- Economy rank: #55
- Education and health rank: #73
- Quality of rank life: #18

Monterey residents can head to Monterey State Beach to lounge in the sand, fish, or swim in the Pacific Ocean. The beach town is also right off California’s scenic Highway 1.

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#47. Marco Island, Florida

- Total score: 55.00
- Affordability rank: #12
- Weather rank: #143
- Safety rank: #14
- Economy rank: #103
- Education and health rank: #13
- Quality of rank life: #57

Those living on Marco Island on the Gulf of Mexico get to enjoy great weather year-round, a network of inland waterways, and a sandy beach stretching along much of its west coast. The town connects to the mainland by bridges that end just south of Naples. The island is filled with palm trees and water everywhere you look, giving it a distinctly different vibe than the traffic-choked roads in Naples and Fort Myers.

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#46. Port Royal, South Carolina

- Total score: 55.17
- Affordability rank: #36
- Weather rank: #1
- Safety rank: #90
- Economy rank: #110
- Education and health rank: #4
- Quality of rank life: #131

Port Royal experienced a massive, 170% population increase between 2000 and 2010 because of the city annexing surrounding areas. The town is rife with history, natural attractions like the Cypress Wetlands, and outdoorsy activities like walking the boardwalk at The Sands.

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#45. Rye, New York

- Total score: 55.31
- Affordability rank: #78
- Weather rank: #95
- Safety rank: #1
- Economy rank: #27
- Education and health rank: #17
- Quality of rank life: #124

Rye is a coastal beach city in New York situated on the border of Connecticut. The location offers the best of beach living with easy access to New York City and several nearby Connecticut cities. The town has its own golf club, a busy downtown, and amusement park.

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#44. Westport, Connecticut

- Total score: 55.35
- Affordability rank: #58
- Weather rank: #100
- Safety rank: #23
- Economy rank: #45
- Education and health rank: #3
- Quality of rank life: #120

The town of Westport was incorporated in 1835 and grew as a busy Connecticut shipping center. The 1900s brought with it an arts scene that brought musicians, writers (including F. Scott Fitzgerald), and visual artists to the area. Today, the highly suburban town has easy access to New York City by public transit and beautiful beaches right in Westport and nearby.

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#43. Key West, Florida

- Total score: 55.44
- Affordability rank: #70
- Weather rank: #139
- Safety rank: #26
- Economy rank: #90
- Education and health rank: #110
- Quality of rank life: #7

Key West is just 90 miles from Cuba and is a great destination for scuba diving enthusiasts. The city itself is crawling with tourists year-round, and for good reason: Key West’s climate, history, architecture, food, and nightlife are hard to duplicate. Luckily for local residents, the city has so much going on it’s not tough to find quieter places to hang out and a rich local culture just off the main drag.

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#42. Anacortes, Washington

- Total score: 55.49
- Affordability rank: #34
- Weather rank: #69
- Safety rank: #25
- Economy rank: #70
- Education and health rank: #81
- Quality of rank life: #53

Besides being home to the Washington State Ferry terminal connecting folks to Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw islands, the town itself is a wonderful place to live. Outdoor enthusiasts will find no shortage of trails, parks, or water activities, while others love the robust art galleries, history, and walkable downtown.

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#41. Benicia, California

- Total score: 55.59
- Affordability rank: #17
- Weather rank: #4
- Safety rank: #75
- Economy rank: #42
- Education and health rank: #52
- Quality of rank life: #84

Benicia is about an hour northeast of San Francisco. It sits on the Carquinez Strait. Boaters and kayakers can enter through a public launch spot at the Alvarez West Ninth Street Park. The Benicia State Recreation Area is a popular spot for residents and tourists traveling by foot, bikes, or skates.

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#40. Kailua, Hawaii

- Total score: 55.72
- Affordability rank: #110
- Weather rank: #104
- Safety rank: #46
- Economy rank: #5
- Education and health rank: #105
- Quality of rank life: #17

Kailua residents get to enjoy the world-renowned Kailua and Lanikai beaches, and enjoy delicious food from roadside stands, food trucks, weekly farmers markets, and a growing number of local restaurants and bars. The town is mostly covered in tropical rainforest and is home to the Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails—both popular hiking spots.

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#39. Atlantic Beach, Florida

- Total score: 55.96
- Affordability rank: #39
- Weather rank: #12
- Safety rank: #74
- Economy rank: #59
- Education and health rank: #40
- Quality of rank life: #64

Florida’s Atlantic Beach borders the Atlantic Ocean. A popular spot is Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, where residents and visitors can camp, swim, bike, or surf.

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#38. Goleta, California

- Total score: 56.00
- Affordability rank: #96
- Weather rank: #48
- Safety rank: #36
- Economy rank: #13
- Education and health rank: #37
- Quality of rank life: #77

Locals in this Southern California beach town can visit the Coronado Butterfly Preserve or see a movie at the West Wind Drive-In. For those who prefer living on the beach but still like to travel, the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is in the close by. Goleta is also only 10 miles from Santa Barbara.

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#37. San Buenaventura (Ventura), California

- Total score: 56.09
- Affordability rank: #50
- Weather rank: #127
- Safety rank: #35
- Economy rank: #48
- Education and health rank: #55
- Quality of rank life: #28

There are five college campuses in or near San Buenaventura, commonly called Ventura. The beach town is also home to Surfer’s Point, a popular destination for those looking to ride the waves of the Pacific.

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#36. Manhattan Beach, California

- Total score: 56.19
- Affordability rank: #83
- Weather rank: #64
- Safety rank: #27
- Economy rank: #25
- Education and health rank: #28
- Quality of rank life: #66

It’s not cheap to live in this California coastal town. For those who can afford it, Manhattan Beach living provides quick access to the Pacific Ocean, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and more than enough fine dining.

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#35. San Mateo, California

- Total score: 56.20
- Affordability rank: #138
- Weather rank: #24
- Safety rank: #41
- Economy rank: #10
- Education and health rank: #63
- Quality of rank life: #43

In the San Francisco Bay Area—only 10 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport—San Mateo is close to the Pacific Ocean and the forests of San Pedro Valley Park. Residents can also pop into San Mateo Central Park to see the Japanese Tea Garden, which features a Koi Pond—under renovation until mid-November. In the winter, the park has an ice-skating rink.

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#34. Redondo Beach, California

- Total score: 56.23
- Affordability rank: #101
- Weather rank: #65
- Safety rank: #28
- Economy rank: #38
- Education and health rank: #43
- Quality of rank life: #42

The famous Redondo Beach offers a blend of suburban and urban living with busy shopping centers, many restaurants to choose from, and an active nightlife. Another pricey beach town to live in, the median home in Redondo Beach will run you $817,300.

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#33. Satellite Beach, Florida

- Total score: 56.27
- Affordability rank: #3
- Weather rank: #63
- Safety rank: #38
- Economy rank: #97
- Education and health rank: #24
- Quality of rank life: #112

Satellite Beach is about an hour southeast of Orlando. Residents of this town on the Atlantic Ocean butt up against the Atlantic Ocean and only pay an average price around $332,000 for their homes, making this one of the more affordable beach towns.

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#32. Stuart, Florida

- Total score: 56.40
- Affordability rank: #20
- Weather rank: #41
- Safety rank: #87
- Economy rank: #33
- Education and health rank: #139
- Quality of rank life: #20

Stuart is a beach town near the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s east coast. Residents are close to Jensen and Stuart beaches as well as Bathtub Reef. Fishing enthusiasts refer to Stuart as the sailfish capital of the world.

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#31. St. Augustine, Florida

- Total score: 56.47
- Affordability rank: #80
- Weather rank: #33
- Safety rank: #72
- Economy rank: #108
- Education and health rank: #57
- Quality of rank life: #14

St. Augustine sits on the Atlantic coast and ranks high in coffee shops, restaurants, arts, music, and nightlife. This northeast Florida city might be thriving with modern amenities, but it is the oldest city in America established by Europeans. Spanish settlers founded it in 1565.

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#30. Alameda, California

- Total score: 56.52
- Affordability rank: #94
- Weather rank: #84
- Safety rank: #62
- Economy rank: #9
- Education and health rank: #21
- Quality of rank life: #45

Alameda is an island city on the San Francisco Bay south of Oakland. Residents can take in some sun at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach—sometimes called Alameda Beach—or take a 20-minute ferry from the coastal town to San Francisco. They can also easily fly out of the Oakland International Airport, which is only about 16 minutes away.

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#29. Edmonds, Washington

- Total score: 56.65
- Affordability rank: #59
- Weather rank: #13
- Safety rank: #53
- Economy rank: #12
- Education and health rank: #44
- Quality of rank life: #80

Edmonds residents have direct access to Puget Sound and are only a half hour drive to Seattle. Locals can whale watch, fish, or take advantage of hiking trails.

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#28. Santa Cruz, California

- Total score: 56.84
- Affordability rank: #142
- Weather rank: #71
- Safety rank: #98
- Economy rank: #52
- Education and health rank: #66
- Quality of rank life: #5

Santa Cruz tied for the most coffee per capita and is home to the Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company and Cat and Cloud. Residents can also head to local wineries after surfing on the Pacific Ocean at Steamer Lane or hiking in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

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#27. Kihei, Hawaii

- Total score: 56.95
- Affordability rank: #76
- Weather rank: #29
- Safety rank: #57
- Economy rank: #49
- Education and health rank: #39
- Quality of rank life: #26

Hawaii has the lowest property taxes in the country, so residents of Maui’s Kihei enjoy affordable living in a vacation destination where they pay less than the national average. The city is on Maui’s west coast—only 25 minutes from the Kahului Airport—near 6 miles of beaches. For one of the best surf spots on the island, check out Cove Park.

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#26. Santa Barbara, California

- Total score: 57.00
- Affordability rank: #144
- Weather rank: #82
- Safety rank: #59
- Economy rank: #34
- Education and health rank: #91
- Quality of rank life: #6

Santa Barbara is on the Pacific coast north of Los Angeles, close to fellow coastal town Goleta. It’s a prime spot for wine lovers since it’s home to more than 200 wineries. Beach fans can lounge or get active at Arroyo Burro Beach and East Beach.

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#25. Seal Beach, California

- Total score: 57.02
- Affordability rank: #99
- Weather rank: #51
- Safety rank: #58
- Economy rank: #6
- Education and health rank: #11
- Quality of rank life: #73

Orange County’s Seal Beach is a Los Angeles suburb has top-notch schools, an A+ Niche rating, and a comparatively affordable housing market with the median home value of $338,100. Retirees and young families alike flock to the beach town that comprises 75% homeowners versus 25% renters.

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#24. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

- Total score: 57.33
- Affordability rank: #25
- Weather rank: #6
- Safety rank: #138
- Economy rank: #117
- Education and health rank: #69
- Quality of rank life: #4

Myrtle Beach may be a popular vacation spot for beach bums and golfers, but it also makes for a great place to live. Low income taxes and incentives for small businesses make it an ideal destination for young families and entrepreneurs starting out.

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#23. Morro Bay, California

- Total score: 57.48
- Affordability rank: #131
- Weather rank: #56
- Safety rank: #2
- Economy rank: #23
- Education and health rank: #10
- Quality of rank life: #59

Besides its gorgeous waterfront views, hiking trails, and parks, Morro Bay recently got another perk for its full-time residents: clean power. Community choice energy arrived in Morro Bay in January 2020 that, while still powered through PG&E infrastructure, sources energy at more affordable rates from sources that reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

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#22. Fernandina Beach, Florida

- Total score: 57.78
- Affordability rank: #62
- Weather rank: #40
- Safety rank: #20
- Economy rank: #75
- Education and health rank: #70
- Quality of rank life: #27

This northeastern Florida town is on Amelia Island. It has 13 miles of beach, including Main Beach Park, and is home to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

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#21. Vero Beach, Florida

- Total score: 57.78
- Affordability rank: #68
- Weather rank: #31
- Safety rank: #40
- Economy rank: #116
- Education and health rank: #83
- Quality of rank life: #12

In the southeast corner of Florida, Vero Beach is a prime spot for those who like to golf. It’s close to the Grand Harbor Golf Course, Vero Beach Country Club, and Quail Valley River Club, just to name a few.

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#20. Coral Gables, Florida

- Total score: 57.94
- Affordability rank: #47
- Weather rank: #15
- Safety rank: #49
- Economy rank: #54
- Education and health rank: #32
- Quality of rank life: #37

Coral Gables is rich with culture and offers a public art program and cultural grants to the local community. The close-knit community offers dozens of amenities to its residents, including a youth center that provides members with year-round access to its theater, basketball courts, roller hockey rink, camps, and more for families, children, and adult use.

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#19. Jacksonville Beach, Florida

- Total score: 58.06
- Affordability rank: #9
- Weather rank: #49
- Safety rank: #99
- Economy rank: #18
- Education and health rank: #27
- Quality of rank life: #38

Jacksonville Beach is on Florida’s east coast along the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors and residents flock to the white sandy beaches, including Amelia Island State Park.

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#18. San Clemente, California

- Total score: 58.58
- Affordability rank: #64
- Weather rank: #50
- Safety rank: #42
- Economy rank: #8
- Education and health rank: #41
- Quality of rank life: #46

Located in between Los Angeles and San Diego, San Clemente is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Residents can choose from two great beaches: San Clemente State Beach or San Onofre State Beach.

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#17. Key Biscayne, Florida

- Total score: 58.63
- Affordability rank: #44
- Weather rank: #67
- Safety rank: #6
- Economy rank: #115
- Education and health rank: #9
- Quality of rank life: #88

Key Biscayne, an island off the coast of Miami, is a great place to explore the Atlantic Ocean. It has the third-warmest waters of all the ranked cities. It’s also home to the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, where residents can view a lighthouse from 1825.

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#16. Hermosa Beach, California

- Total score: 58.66
- Affordability rank: #98
- Weather rank: #44
- Safety rank: #17
- Economy rank: #21
- Education and health rank: #19
- Quality of rank life: #36

Hermosa Beach is sandwiched between Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, making up California’s “South Bay.” The Hermosa Beach Pier is a popular spot to hit the beach and take in a view of the Pacific Ocean.

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#15. Laguna Beach, California

- Total score: 59.21
- Affordability rank: #121
- Weather rank: #54
- Safety rank: #85
- Economy rank: #3
- Education and health rank: #22
- Quality of rank life: #24

It costs almost $2 million, on average, to purchase a home in Laguna Beach. Residents can take in the Pacific Ocean at Heisler Park, an oceanfront stretch with walking trails, gardens, and lawn bowling greens. Laguna living has plenty of other perks as well—to save some money, locals can peruse the free monthly art walk held the first Thursday of each month.

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#14. Destin, Florida

- Total score: 59.77
- Affordability rank: #2
- Weather rank: #109
- Safety rank: #102
- Economy rank: #53
- Education and health rank: #45
- Quality of rank life: #15

This Gulf Coast town is right off Florida’s northern panhandle. Homes are modestly affordable, costing an average of $362,100. Residents can spend their days enjoying the city’s white sandy beaches or get into some fishing.

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#13. Coronado, California

- Total score: 59.85
- Affordability rank: #15
- Weather rank: #83
- Safety rank: #16
- Economy rank: #17
- Education and health rank: #16
- Quality of rank life: #51

Coronado is a 32-mile island across the bridge from San Diego. It has a highly rated public golf course, beautiful beaches, and a museum of history and art.

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#12. Mill Valley, California

- Total score: 60.48
- Affordability rank: #115
- Weather rank: #47
- Safety rank: #13
- Economy rank: #44
- Education and health rank: #1
- Quality of rank life: #34

This California town is close to the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Residents can also get their nature fix in the Muir Woods National Monument. The Marin Headlands feature dog-friendly beaches and access to a 5-mile drive to the Golden Gate Bridge.

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#11. Jupiter, Florida

- Total score: 60.93
- Affordability rank: #11
- Weather rank: #21
- Safety rank: #76
- Economy rank: #11
- Education and health rank: #46
- Quality of rank life: #87

Jupiter is about a 30-minute drive north of West Palm Beach on Florida’s east coast. The city has white sandy beaches like Dubois Park, and sites like the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse give it some historical charm.

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#10. Venice, Florida

- Total score: 60.95
- Affordability rank: #21
- Weather rank: #8
- Safety rank: #66
- Economy rank: #19
- Education and health rank: #7
- Quality of rank life: #48

Representing Florida’s west coast, Venice—the “shark tooth capital of the world”—hugs the Gulf of Mexico. Residents have access to great beaches like Caspersen Beach. They can also take in some music: The Venice Symphony is in its 45th season.

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#9. Santa Monica, California

- Total score: 61.26
- Affordability rank: #140
- Weather rank: #36
- Safety rank: #94
- Economy rank: #16
- Education and health rank: #48
- Quality of rank life: #2

Santa Monica is a coastal city 16 miles west of Los Angeles. Santa Monica State Beach is a favorite local hangout perfect for swimming, surfing, or biking along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail.

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#8. Encinitas, California

- Total score: 62.07
- Affordability rank: #7
- Weather rank: #78
- Safety rank: #30
- Economy rank: #7
- Education and health rank: #33
- Quality of rank life: #32

Encinitas is a Southern California town along the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s a well-known surf spot—complete with surfer crossing signs—that typically has much less of a crowd than San Diego, which is 25 miles south.

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#7. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

- Total score: 62.24
- Affordability rank: #6
- Weather rank: #7
- Safety rank: #120
- Economy rank: #20
- Education and health rank: #18
- Quality of rank life: #13

Residents of North Myrtle Beach are close to the Atlantic Ocean and pay around $230,000 for their homes. They can fish or have dinner at the historic Cherry Grove Pier. If they want to get away from the ocean, McLean Park offers walking paths, playgrounds, and picnic areas.

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#6. Sarasota, Florida

- Total score: 62.27
- Affordability rank: #42
- Weather rank: #26
- Safety rank: #106
- Economy rank: #71
- Education and health rank: #51
- Quality of rank life: #3

Don’t worry about finding caffeine or a place to eat in Sarasota. It takes a top spot for most coffee shops and has dozens of great restaurants. Beach-goers can get some sun and sand at a variety of beach locations, including the popular Siesta Key.

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#5. Boca Raton, Florida

- Total score: 62.30
- Affordability rank: #29
- Weather rank: #5
- Safety rank: #81
- Economy rank: #69
- Education and health rank: #26
- Quality of rank life: #16

Boca Raton sits between West Palm Beach and Miami on Florida’s east coast. For a day away from the beach, residents can shop at Mizner Park or take in some culture at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

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#4. Carlsbad, California

- Total score: 62.31
- Affordability rank: #8
- Weather rank: #79
- Safety rank: #56
- Economy rank: #2
- Education and health rank: #15
- Quality of rank life: #29

There’s plenty to do in Carlsbad, which is located on the Pacific coast in Southern California. Locals can get in the water at Terramar or Tamarack beaches, or get a pint at a local brewery. Residents can also check out the Carlsbad Village Faire, the largest one-day street fair in the country.

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#3. Newport Beach, California

- Total score: 62.76
- Affordability rank: #107
- Weather rank: #60
- Safety rank: #45
- Economy rank: #22
- Education and health rank: #12
- Quality of rank life: #9

Newport Beach is more than a great beach town; some have ranked it the best place to live in the U.S. Though real estate isn’t cheap, Balboa Island is a great place for locals and tourists to visit. Kids and parents can enjoy the Balboa Fun Zone, where there’s no admission and customers pay as they play.

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#2. Lahaina, Hawaii

- Total score: 62.81
- Affordability rank: #71
- Weather rank: #28
- Safety rank: #4
- Economy rank: #1
- Education and health rank: #72
- Quality of rank life: #10

Lahaina is located on the northwest corner of Maui, close to the West Maui Forest Reserve. It’s a popular tourist destination since it’s home to the Kaanapali and Kapalua beach resorts.

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#1. Naples, Florida

- Total score: 65.61
- Affordability rank: #51
- Weather rank: #101
- Safety rank: #15
- Economy rank: #41
- Education and health rank: #61
- Quality of rank life: #1

This south Florida town sits on the Gulf Coast and features a myriad of coffee shops and nightlife options. Residents and tourists can lounge on the white sand of Vanderbilt Beach Park or get in a round of golf at a course nearby.

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