This city just north of PBC named one of happiest seaside towns in America

Thinking about escaping for a weekend getaway or quick day trip?

A city just a little over an hour north of West Palm Beach has been named one of the happiest seaside towns in America. 

Sophisticated but low-key Vero Beach ranked in fourth place, according to Coastal Living

“It feels less like a city than a village with urbane gifts: high-end hotels and historic architecture, a stunning art museum, fashion-forward restaurants and shopping, and a blissful absence of high-rise buildings,” the news release said.

Another perk of the mid-size town is the barrier island’s ocean beaches as well as its vibrant ecosystems of the Indian River Lagoon.

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To choose the 2018 finalists, Coastal Living editors reviewed more than 300 towns nominated via social media. They then collected each town's ranking on the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, air quality, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, geographic diversity, standard of living and editors' assessment of each town's "coastal vibe."

Here is the full ranking: 

1. Ocean City, N.J.

2. Traverse City, Mich. 

3. Cape Charles, Va.

4. Vero Beach, Fla. 

5. Bluffton, S.C.

6. Anna Maria, Fla. 

7. Cambria, Calif. 

8. Hampton/Hampton Beach, N.H. 

9. Bellport, N.Y. 

10. Cannon Beach, Ore.

Read more at Coastal Living

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