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All my life I lived on the water. I never really knew how lucky I was until I eventually moved away. Waking up to the sound of waves crashing into the beach was so peaceful and seeing the water outside my window was simple peace.

Now since I live in Charlotte, the closest beach is about 3 1/2-4 hours away. It’s very sad but luckily there are plenty of lakes! Thanks to Wallethub, the 2021 rankings of best lake towns have been released. Well, ranking at number 5 is our very own Cornelius, North Carolina with a score over 60! Coming in at sixth is neighbors Davidson, North Carolina and lower on the list at number 45 is Hope Mills, North Carolina. You can see the full list of the best lake towns to live in below.

Best Lake Towns to Live In

Overall Rank  City Total Score  Affordability  Weather  Safety  Economy  Education & Health  Quality of Life 
1 Traverse City, MI 65.84 35 15 23 20 13 1
2 Folsom, CA 64.97 3 5 16 6 4 7
3 Redmond, WA 63.23 5 24 27 1 3 11
4 Mercer Island, WA 60.68 18 24 12 4 1 23
5 Cornelius, NC 60.53 1 7 20 10 16 17
6 Davidson, NC 60.07 4 10 28 3 2 21
7 Kirkland, WA 59.37 20 24 24 5 8 10
8 South Lake Tahoe, CA 58.87 34 21 18 18 25 3
9 Highland Park, IL 58.54 19 30 10 7 9 12
10 Brookfield, WI 58.28 8 20 9 13 5 15
11 Pewaukee, WI 57.71 25 32 6 2 12 20
12 Lake Havasu City, AZ 57.46 2 6 26 12 30 16
13 Rocky River, OH 56.88 9 2 15 11 7 35
14 Eden Prairie, MN 56.75 10 9 7 8 14 31
15 Duluth, MN 56.43 31 13 22 22 15 8
16 Mequon, WI 56.35 24 18 3 9 10 33
17 Loveland, CO 54.88 21 35 8 14 20 13
18 Alpena, MI 54.58 23 1 34 34 17 9
19 Holland, MI 54.53 13 12 44 16 19 4
20 Bay Village, OH 54.03 16 3 19 27 6 37
21 Stoughton, WI 53.96 33 19 2 31 18 27
22 Branson, MO 53.77 26 43 42 19 41 2
23 Plattsburgh, NY 52.78 27 23 1 24 46 14
24 Vermilion, OH 51.67 6 11 13 17 35 30
25 Burlington, VT 51.58 46 37 4 29 22 6
26 Laconia, NH 51.15 22 17 5 27 42 18
27 Oak Creek, WI 48.22 30 42 17 15 21 43
28 Oregon, OH 46.57 11 41 29 26 24 42
29 Shorewood, WI 46.09 41 45 14 32 11 34
30 Lake Elsinore, CA 46.02 12 39 11 25 38 38
31 Kenosha, WI 46.01 37 29 33 35 36 19
32 Gages Lake, IL 45.88 28 36 30 30 31 46
33 St. Cloud, FL 45.18 15 40 21 23 44 39
34 Lakewood, WA 43.70 38 16 37 33 33 28
35 Sebring, FL 43.62 36 33 36 45 43 5
36 Racine, WI 42.65 42 22 35 42 26 22
37 Waukegan, IL 42.03 44 27 31 41 23 36
38 Lorain, OH 41.56 39 14 25 40 39 44
39 Zion, IL 40.80 45 28 32 36 32 40
40 Michigan City, IN 40.50 14 34 43 39 40 25
41 Ashtabula, OH 40.24 43 4 38 44 37 24
42 Portage, IN 39.71 29 31 41 38 29 45
43 Council Bluffs, IA 39.65 40 44 40 21 28 32
44 Port Huron, MI 39.33 32 8 46 37 34 29
45 Hope Mills, NC 38.38 17 38 39 43 45 41
46 Morgan City, LA 32.64 7 46 45 46 27 26

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that town, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

 

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige