Special Report

America's Richest Beach Towns


To determine America’s richest beach towns, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on income and occupancy for towns, cities, villages, and census-designated places from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey. Beach towns were ranked based on median household income. To be considered a beach town, a place must be in a county with at least 20 miles of beach, have at least 150 housing units, and have at least 15 vacant housing units, of which at least 50% must be designated for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use. Data on beach length was aggregated using the Beaches NDHPlus Indexed Dataset from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water Programs.

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