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Santa Monica Ranked Among Nation's Top Beach Cities
By Jorge Casuso
June 19, 2019 -- Santa Monica ranked among the nation's top ten beach cities to live in, despite earning low marks for "affordability" and "safety," according to a study released by WalletHub Tuesday.
The personal finance website ranked Santa Monica 9th among the 146 beach cities it compared using 62 key metrics also used to rank weather, the economy, health and education and quality of life.
"Living by the beach is the ultimate dream for many Americans," the website wrote. "But few realize their dream of living by the water, precisely because of the misconception that beach towns are relatively more expensive and generally less livable than landlocked cities."
While Santa Monica ranked 94th in affordability and 94th in safety, it ranked second in quality of life, behind Naples, Florida, which was the top-ranked city overall.
Among the metrics used, Santa Monica ranked first in the number of fitness centers per capita and 11th for restaurants per capita.
It also ranked 13th for foreclosure rate, 14th for nightlife establishments per capita and 27th for median annual property taxes.
Four of the top ten cities were in California. topping Santa Monica were Newport Beach, which ranked 3rd; Carlsbad 4th and Encinitas 8th.
Four of the other top cities were in Florida. Besides top-ranked Naples, Boca Raton ranked 5th, Sarasota 6th and Venice 10th.
Lahaina, Hawaii ranked 2nd and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina ranked 7th.
Aside from Santa Monica, four other Southern California cities ranked in the top 20 -- Coronado (13th), Laguna Beach (15th), Hermosa Beach (16th) and San Clemente (18th).
The study's data set ranged from housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to quality of beach water, researchers said.
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