Hilton Head Island named 7th Happiest Seaside Town in 2017

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Hilton Head Island named 7th ‘Happiest Seaside Town’ in America

Harbour Town, pictured here from last summer,is a popular spot on the island. mmatney@islandpacket.com Mandy Matney

Hilton Head Island’s Coligny Beach at sunset. mmatney@islandpacket.com Mandy Matney

A sunset view from Skull Creek Boathouse. mmatney@islandpacket.com Mandy Matney

Hilton Head Island was named the No. 7 “Happiest Seaside Town” in America for 2017 by Coastal Living magazine Friday. The publication, owned by Time, announced the top 10 winners of its annual online voting contest with a live countdown on its Facebook page. The announcement took place in Stuart, Fla., the 2016 winner. Beaufort took top honors in 2013 and Kiawah Island was 2012’s winner. The winner for 2017 was Grand Haven, Mich. In the announcement, Coastal Living editors praised Hilton Head Island for “unbelievable golf, beautiful outdoor sports, natural preserves” and its laid-back coastal lifestyle.

The finalists in order were:

10. Camden, Maine

9. Dana Point, Calif.

8. Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.

7. Hilton Head Island, SC

6. Cape May, N.J.

5. Langley, Wash.

4. Fernandina Beach, Fla.

3. Sarasota, Fla.

2. Orleans, Mass.

1. Grand Haven, Mich.

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 order was determined by online voting.

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