New York, NY (News Release) – Time Inc.’s Coastal Living, the leading authority on coastal home and travel, reveals that the Happiest Seaside Town in America 2016 is Stuart, Florida. Stuart’s top ranking, along with the rankings of all of the Top Ten America’s Happiest Seaside Towns, is the result of an online vote. The fifth annual America’s Happiest Seaside Towns ranked list is featured online now, and will also be featured in the May issue of Coastal Living, on newsstands April 15, 2016.
The Coastal Living 2016 Top Ten Happiest Seaside Towns in America, in Ranked Order:
#1 Stuart, Florida
#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.”
To choose the 2016 finalists for America’s Happiest Seaside Towns, Coastal Living editors began by reviewing more than 300 destinations that have been lauded in the past as Coastal Living Dream Towns or were nominated via social media. Coastal Living then collected 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 yielded the Coastal Living Top Ten America’s Happiest Seaside Towns list of finalists. The ranking was then determined by online voting. You can follow the conversation and spread the word on social media with #CLHappyTown.