Hilton Head named America’s 7th Happiest Seaside Town by Coastal Living

The world-class golf courses, pristine beaches and laid-back Lowcountry lifestyle have gotten Hilton Head Island another accolade: America’s 7th Happiest Seaside Town. Ahead of Hilton Head were Cape May (New Jersey), Langley (Washington), Fernandina Beach (Florida), Sarasota (Florida), Orleans (Massachusetts) and Grand Haven (Michigan), which earned the number one spot.

Coastal Living chose the finalists based on their rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, as well as the percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, walkability, commute times, standard of living, financial well-being of the locals, crime ratings, geographic diversity and the editors’ own assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.”

Hilton Head Island was one of the finalists chosen for their annual contest and readers voted our boot-shaped piece of paradise America’s 7th Happiest Seaside Town.

Editors highlighted the Island’s mild weather, beautiful golf courses, beaches and the sophisticated food and culture scene.

This isn’t the first time a South Carolina town earned a spot on Coastal Living’s list; in 2013 Beaufort made headlines and in 2012 Kiawah Island took home a spot.