What is your idea of the perfect place to live? A burgeoning city with an energetic social scene? What about a quaint town with access to gorgeous and secluded stretches of nature? Or do you look for nationally-recognized public schools and well-educated neighbors?
When it comes to living on the East Coast, there are hundreds of places that can potentially fit the bill. Whether charming New England towns steeped in Ivy League history or warm, sunny shores along the coast of Florida, the East Coast is chock full of diverse towns and cities that truly stand out.
Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live on the East Coast using 2020 data from Niche. Cities, towns, and suburbs in the following states were considered: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. No more than 10 locations per state were included.
Some of the places on this list will be familiar to you. Take, for example, a historic New Hampshire town that thrives on its collegiate history and traditions. Or that bustling suburb outside of D.C. with the luxury shopping and historic mansions. Others, however, you likely have never heard of before, such as that rural community in Georgia whose population has jumped 13% in the last five years. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to start a family, or are an energetic, young single wanting to launch your career and accelerate your social life—there is a town or city on this list for you.
Each slide includes the city's population, median home value, median rent, and median household income. Whether you're thinking of the next big move, or you're just browsing to see if your town has made the cut, keep reading to discover the best places to live on the East Coast.
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