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Looking to live by the beach? Here are U.S. destinations you should consider. 

June 28, 2017

Living close to the beach can be quite a relaxing experience if you know where to settle down. 

According to personal finance website WalletHub, some beach towns can be easier on the wallet than their landlocked counterparts.

To help you figure out where to look for your dream beach bungalow, WalletHub compared 227 cities in America based on six different factors and some 49 different indicators ranging from the cost of waterfront homes to the quality of the beach water.

The six categories were affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The study also looked at crime rates, rent prices, and school systems.

Here’s a look at the full breakdown:

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Of the top 10 beach cities that made the list, six were located in Florida, though the full list runs the gamut, from California and Hawaii to Ohio and Illinois.

The five locations with the lowest housing costs were Bay Village, Ohio, Chanhassen, Minnesota, Oregon, Ohio, Olathe, Kansas, and Batavia, Illinois.

The highest water temperatures were in Galveston, Texas, Biloxi, Mississippi, Port Lavaca, Texas, Marco Island, Florida, and Key West, Florida.

Meanwhile, the following cities had the most nightlife establishments per capita: Florida’s Key West, St. Augustine, Miami Beach, and Sarasota, followed by Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and finally back to Florida again for Naples.

WalletHub’s full study also includes where you’ll find the most restaurants and coffee shops per capita.

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