Communities along the Gulf Coast dominate a recent list of the “Top 13 Beach Towns You Can Actually Afford to Live In” presented by the travel section of, taking up six of the 13 top spots with Pensacola, Fla. at #2 and Gulfport, Miss. at #1.

Communities were judged by SmartAssets by comparing data on median home prices, home size, property taxes, and annual housing cost (mortgage, insurance, taxes, etc.) and found which beach towns are the overall cheapest. 

Gulf coast communities named to the top 15 include:

  • Gulf Shores, Ala.
  • Pensacola, Fla.
  • Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
  • Biloxi, Miss.
  • Gulfport, Miss.
  • Bay St. Louis, Miss.
  • Ocean Springs, Miss.

So, if you or a family member needed that little extra nudge to make a permanent move South, know that on the Gulf Coast the beach isn’t a luxury, it’s an everyday way of life!

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