Southport is America's Happiest Seaside Town...
It may have just become public knowledge that our little coastal town is the happiest in America, but it's something the locals have known for years! On June 9th, Coastal Living magazine announced all 10 winners of their 2015 "Happiest Seaside Towns in America," competition. Southport outranked 9 other finalists to receive the nod.
How Coastal Living Picked the Winners
The magazine made a list of past dream towns and then accepted nominations online. From there, national statistics played a major role in the search for the best coastal place to call home. Factors that were considered include rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, crime ratings, geographic diversity and standard of living and financial well being of the locals. Knowing stats can't always provide a clear picture, they factored in their editors' assessment of each town's "coastal vibe."