Coastal Living Magazine has named Hilton Head Island the 7th Happiest Seaside Town in America for 2017!
Beaufort took top honors in 2013 and Kiawah Island was 2012's winner. The winner for 2017 was Grand Haven, Michigan.
In the announcement, Coastal Living editors praised Hilton Head for "unbelievable golf, beautiful outdoor sports, natural preserves" and it's laid-back coastal lifestyle.
The finalists were chosen by editor reviews of destinations covered by the magazine and nominated on social media. Entrants were sorted by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and a raft of statistics, including annual number of sunny days, air quality, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals and geographic diversity. Finally, a subjective score was included in the formula for the editors perception of each location's "coastal vibe."
The final oder was determined by online voting. Click Here to view the entire list of Happiest Seaside Towns for 2017.