The 10 Best U.S. Beach Towns to Live In

Turn every day into a vacation when you move to one of these beach towns.

Ocean breezes, endless sunshine, daily walks along the sand, and a laid-back way of life all entice Americans to relocate to the country's many beach towns. From charming cities on the California coast to Florida's popular shores, there are dozens of destinations to consider, so it can be hard to pick one as your new home.

Thankfully, personal finance site WalletHub has determined the best beach towns to live in around the United States, ranking 191 cities according to six factors of livability, including affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and overall quality of life. Many of the top ocean towns to live in (including the 10 listed below) are unsurprisingly concentrated in states boasting ample coastline, like Florida, California, and Hawaii.

WalletHub also looked at 62 data points like violent crime rates, water temperatures, nightlife establishments and restaurants per capita, and more to help you make the right decision. And while our list focuses on beach towns near the ocean, the site also rounded up the best lake beach towns to live in (Traverse City, Michigan; Folsom, California; and Redmond, Washington snagged the top three spots, with others in North Carolina, Illinois, and Wisconsin in the top 10).

1. Naples, Florida

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Out of 145 oceanside beach towns, Naples, Florida, took the top spot with its sunny weather and low crime rate. Located on Florida's Paradise Coast along the Gulf of Mexico, the town offers lots to see and do, including pristine, white-sand beaches and day trips to nearby Everglades National Park.

2. Lahaina, Hawaii

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Lahaina, located on the island of Maui in Hawaii, was ranked highly for its affordability and economy in WalletHub's study. The town is packed with history, art, and culture, and during the winter, it's a great place to go whale watching.

3. Boca Raton, Florida

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Home to great golf courses, shopping, restaurants, and of course, beautiful Atlantic beaches, Boca Raton really has it all. The town earned high marks for its safety, economy, quality of life, and more.

4. Newport Beach, California

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Located south of Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast, Newport Beach was among the top 15 cities for quality of life, weather, and safety, according to Wallethub. There's plenty to see and do across the city's neighborhoods, including boating, hiking, water sports, whale watching, and more.

5. Santa Monica, California

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Combine the perks of living in a large city, a beachy atmosphere, and coastal views in Santa Monica, California — the city ranked third for its great quality of life. Located a short distance from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica is home to nearly four miles of beaches and the iconic Santa Monica Pier.

6. Sarasota, Florida

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Another destination ranked highly for its quality of life, Sarasota, Florida, is a Gulf Coast gem. Sarasota has a range of unique attractions, including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which features a collection of circus antiques. Nearby Lido Key and Siesta Key offer beautiful sandy beaches.

7. Kailua, Hawaii

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Located on the island of Oahu, Kailua offers residents the best of both worlds, with incredible beaches and outdoor activities just a short drive from the bustle of Hawaii's capital city, Honolulu.

8. Carlsbad, California

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With miles of shoreline, golf courses, breweries, and family-friendly attractions like Legoland California, Carlsbad has lots to offer both visitors and residents of all ages. Plus, it's under an hour's drive from nearby San Diego.

9. Encinitas, California

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Just about 10 miles south of Carlsbad, Encinitas provides many of the same perks — great weather, beautiful beaches, and a laid-back feel. This Southern California city is also known for its great surfing and colorful gardens.

10. Vero Beach, Florida

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Located on Florida's Atlantic coast, Vero Beach scored well for weather, safety, and quality of life. Living in Vero Beach means easy access to the beaches and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including water sports and fishing.

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