We began with your nominations, plus all of the past places we've lauded as Dream Towns. From there, we looked at the rank on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, crime ratings, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and our editors' assessment of each town's "coastal vibe." The result: an all-star list for 2014. (Our 2012 and 2013 winners were not eligible.) We announced our top 10 contenders in the March 2014 issue, and let America vote for its favorites.
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Pictured, Left: Woody's Beach BBQ in Chincoteague, Virginia