Traverse City Named Best Lake Beach Town In America

June 27, 2018 - 9:35 am


TRAVERSE CITY (WWJ) - If you want to live in a beach town, Michigan is the place to be.

The mitten state is home to three of the Top 10 Best Lake Beach Towns in America, according to personal-finance website WalletHub, with Traverse City taking the number one spot. Other cities making the list include Holland at number 6, and Alpena at number 7.

To determine the most livable beachside communities, WalletHub compared 205 cities across 58 key metrics, from housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to quality of beach water -- then divided the results into two categories, those by the ocean and those by lakes.

Among the highlights of the report, Port Huron has the lowest median home price as a share of income, 2.14, which is 3.8 times lower than in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., the city with the highest at 8.11. Traverse City and Alpena also have the fewest disaster declarations (since 1953), three each, which is 17 times fewer than in Lake Elsinore, Calif., which has the most at 51.
Top 10 Best Lake Beach Towns in America

  1. Traverse City, MI
  2. Eden Prairie, MN
  3. Folsom, CA
  4. Highland Park, IL
  5. Mequon, WI
  6. Holland, MI
  7. Alpena, MI
  8. Bay Village, OH
  9. Mercer Island, WA
  10. Redmond, WA

Top 10 Best Ocean Beach Towns in America

  1. Lahaina, HI
  2. Naples, FL
  3. Sarasota, FL
  4. Mill Valley, CA
  5. St. Augustine, FL
  6. Santa Monica, CA
  7. Boca Raton, FL
  8. Kihei, HI
  9. Westport, CT
  10. Key West, FL

Click here to see the full report.