Windy Hill Beach looking south

Windy Hill (pictured) is one of several beaches that make up North Myrtle Beach, recently listed as WalletHub's No. 7 Best Beach Town in America. Photo by Christian Boschult 

WalletHub's new list of the 2019 Best Beach Towns in America includes a familiar place on the Grand Strand: North Myrtle Beach. 

"It’s a great place to live, it’s a community feel, people know each other, socialize with each other and go to church with each other," said Mayor Marilyn Hatley. "We know our neighbors."

The personal finance website, well-known for its top 10 best and worst lists, recently placed North Myrtle Beach at the No. 7 spot on its list of best beach towns. 

WalletHub ranked the towns using six categories of affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health and also quality of life. 

"Our taxes are one of the lowest in the state of South Carolina. It may be the lowest for a full-service city," Hatley added. "We have more of a family atmosphere in North Myrtle Beach and that’s why we have so many tourists who love to come here, who can bring their children and family to the beach and know that it’s a safe and a good environment."

WalletHub listed the No. 1 beach town as Naples, Florida. 

Here's the full list:

1. Naples, Florida

2. Lahaina, Hawaii

3. Newport Beach, California

4. Carlsbad, California

5. Boca Raton, Florida 

6. Sarasota, Florida

7. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

8. Encinitas, California

9. Santa Monica, California 

10. Venice, Florida. 

And the worst beach town, according to WalletHub? That distinction goes to Holiday, Florida.

For more information on the study, click here


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