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The 50 best beach towns to live in

Stacker Logo By Keri Wiginton of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: Humans love water. If someone can simply see a “blue space” like an ocean, lake, or river—in real life or in a photograph—their stress levels go down. The cost of a waterfront home is about double what that same house would cost if it were inland, but people who live near the coasts are also generally happier and healthier than those who live away from water. So maybe spending extra money on rent is worth the view of the ocean that comes with it.A home in Southern California’s Malibu or Manhattan Beach can cost more than $3 million, but not all beach property breaks the bank. Homeowners in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, can get a place by the coast for less than $250,000. Head to Jacksonville, North Carolina to snag a home that’s even cheaper.Since living by the water is healthy, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub to find the best beach cities to live in. WalletHub compared 205 cities in six categories, including affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. The full methodology can be found here.Out of the 161 beach towns compared, Stacker compiled a list of the top 50. Click through to find the best places to live among the sun and sand.ALSO: States ranked from least to most woodsy

Stacker compiles a list of the best waterfront towns to live in

Humans love water. If someone can simply see a “blue space” like an ocean, lake, or river—in real life or in a photograph—their stress levels go down. The cost of a waterfront home is about double what that same house would cost if it were inland, but people who live near the coasts are also generally happier and healthier than those who live away from water. So maybe spending extra money on rent is worth the view of the ocean that comes with it.

A home in Southern California’s Malibu or Manhattan Beach can cost more than $3 million, but not all beach property breaks the bank. Homeowners in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, can get a place by the coast for less than $250,000. Head to Jacksonville, North Carolina to snag a home that’s even cheaper.

Since living by the water is healthy, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub to find the best beach cities to live in. WalletHub compared 205 cities in six categories, including affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. The full methodology can be found here.

Out of the 161 beach towns compared, Stacker compiled a list of the top 50. Click through to find the best places to live among the sun and sand.

ALSO: States ranked from least to most woodsy

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