Hop to one of these seaside spots for the best Easter ever.

By Tracey Minkin and Susan Hall Mahon
April 16, 2019
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Direct from the Easter Bunny himself (actually, the researchers at personal finance website WalletHub), the best coastal city in the USA to celebrate Easter in 2019 is ... New York, New York.

WalletHub knows how to rank cities: we love its America's Happiest Cities, Best Places to Get Married, and Best Places To Retire lists, and now we're loving this latest ranking of the country's major cities that combine good Sunday church offerings with an Easter egg-friendly environment.

To name its national list just in time for the holiday this weekend, WalletHub assessed the 100 most populous cities in the nation, using four categories: "Easter Observers" (numbers of churches and devout churchgoers per capita), "Easter Traditions" (a deluxe data set of number of candy and chocolate shops, brunch restaurants, flower and gift shops, and even the average price of a dozen eggs), "Kids' Easter" (number of kids in local population and number of egg-hunts per capita), and even an "Easter Weather Forecast" to find the warmest, sunniest spots for this Sunday. To see the full methodology, go here.

Without further ado, meet the best coastal spots for Easter!

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1. New York City

The city that never sleeps also knows how to celebrate Easter. New York is number one overall and on the coast, thanks to its high rankings for Easter traditions (it came in first), kids' Easter (third), and Easter observers (fourth). New York has the most brunch restaurants, candy and chocolate shops, and flower and gift shops per capita, so you'll be able to stock those Easter baskets with ease and celebrate with mimosas. The only score it dipped on was Easter weather, though according to the forecast, NYC should have highs in the mid-60s with the chance for a few showers, so bring an umbrella to the Easter egg hunt (New York has the most of these per capita, too), and you'll be set.

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 2. Chicago

The windy city came in second overall and on the coast, with high marks for observers, traditions, and kids', but came in 67th out of 100 for weather.

Santa Monica, Los Angeles
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3. Los Angeles

L.A. is tied with New York for the most flower and gift shops per capita and came in third overall and on the coast, thanks to its high rank for Easter traditions.

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4. Cleveland (13th overall)
Here at Coastal Living, we count the shores of the Great Lakes as some of the best stretches of coast in the country. Cleveland, on Lake Erie, ranked 13th overall with high marks for Easter observers (fifth out of 100 and fifth for most churches per capita). They placed 28th for Easter traditions, 49th for weather, and 95th for kids' Easter.

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5. San Diego (14th overall)

This SoCal city is looking to have excellent Easter weather (ranked 7th out of the pack), with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-60s. San Diego came in 10th for Easter traditions.

Rounding out the top ten coastal cities in WalletHub's overall ranking are:

6. Miami (15th overall)

7. San Francisco (18th overall)

8. Honolulu (22nd overall)

9. New Orleans (23rd overall)

10. Baltimore (25th overall)

An Easter basket full of thanks to our friends at WalletHub for this sweet data. For the full rankings, go here.

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