New York, NY (January 14, 2016) - Time Inc.’s Coastal Living, the leading authority on coastal home and travel, announces today its fifth annual top ten list of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns. The 2016 list of the happiest places to live by the sea is live on www.coastalliving.com/happytowns2016 and in the February issue of Coastal Living, on newsstands January 8. The unranked list includes top beach destinations across the United States, from Oregon to Maine and from Wisconsin to Alabama.
Coastal Living America’s Happiest Seaside Towns 2016 (in alphabetical order):
- Capitola, CA
- Fairhope, AL
- Hermosa Beach, CA
- Hilo, HI
- Portland, ME
- Rehoboth Beach, DE
- Seaside, OR
- Stuart, FL
- Sturgeon Bay, WI
- Sullivan’s Island, SC
Today through midnight PST on January 25, consumers can vote for their favorite town to determine which will be named the Coastal Living No. 1 Happiest Seaside Town in America. Follow the conversation and spread the word on social media with #CLHappyTown and vote online atwww.coastalliving.com/happytowns2016. Coastal Living will reveal the No.1 Happiest Seaside Town via social media and online at www.coastalliving.com on April 5, and feature the ranked towns in the May issue of Coastal Living, on newsstands April 15.
“After getting to know the small-town charms and the seaside magic of these communities, we are beyond excited to see which town wins the top spot to live in bliss by the sea,” said Coastal LivingEditor Steele Marcoux. “From the beachside paradise of Hilo, Hawaii, to the historic waterfront of Portland, Maine, all ten of these towns truly embody a special character.”
To choose the 2016 finalists for “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns,” Coastal Living editors begin by reviewing more than 300 destinations that have been lauded in the past as Coastal Living Dream Towns or nominated by people via social media. Coastal Living then collects each town's rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, air quality, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and Coastal Living editors' assessment of each town's "coastal vibe." A proprietary formula yields the Coastal Living Top Ten “America's Happiest Seaside Towns” list of finalists. The ranking is then determined by online voting, from January 5-25.