Grand Haven Named ‘America’s Happiest Seaside Town’ [Photos]
We know West Michigan is home to some amazing beaches and now one of our Lake Michigan towns is getting recognized for it's awesomeness.
To choose their 2017 finalists Coastal Living focused on towns that have been covered by the magazine and nominated through social media.
They looked at factors like ranking on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, and their editors' assessment of each town's “coastal vibe.”
It was put to a public vote, and Grand Haven nabbed the top spot!
Here's Coastal Living's praise for Grand Haven:
Anyone who has spent summers on the Great Lakes knows that this American playground has specific charms that vary from shore to shore. But life among the historic storefronts, along the bustling waterfront’s boardwalk of this town on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore has an old-fashioned spirit that stands out among so many gems. Known as “Coast Guard City, U.S.A.,” Grand Haven’s embrace of every manner of maritime life, including fishing and boating of all kinds, combines small-town living with big-lake pleasures."
Check out the rest of the towns Grand Haven beat out!
- Grand Haven, Michigan
- Orleans Massachusetts
- Sarasota, Florida
- Fernandina Beach, Florida
- Langley, Washington
- Cape May, New Jersey
- Hilton Head, South Carolina
- Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
- Dana Point, California
- Camden, Maine