Myrtle Beach Among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2023-2024”

House in Myrtle BeachAnother week, another major honor for “The Golf Capital of the World” – and it’s not just about the millions of visitors our 60-mile stretch of shoreline attracts each year.

On the heels of last week’s announcement of the Grand Strand as Tripadvisor users’ top U.S. choice of summer 2023 beach destinations, U.S. News & World Report has now weighed in with its list of the “Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2023-2024,” with Myrtle Beach ranking 18th among the nation’s 150 most populous metropolitan areas.

As the publication acknowledged Myrtle Beach’s primary renown as a vacation hotspot for golfers and beachgoers, U.S. News cites the area as “also an attractive place to live for a number of reasons. Young professionals, growing families and empty nesters who are drawn to the area’s mild weather and beaches set down roots here and enjoy the area’s relatively low cost of living.”

They continued:

“As a popular vacation destination, Myrtle Beach offers a high number of job opportunities for those in the tourism and hospitality industries. But even if their professions don’t revolve around the region’s visitors or transplants, Myrtle Beach residents benefit from living in a tourist haven. Those who live here have access to quality restaurants, a variety of leisure activities and a jam-packed events calendar.

“Residents also profit from the area’s pro-business atmosphere, propagated by low income taxes and numerous incentives for growing companies. These perks make Myrtle Beach a great place to start a small business.”

Its No. 18 national ranking also sets Myrtle Beach atop U.S. News’ latest list of “Best Places to Live in South Carolina” that also includes Greenvile, Spartanburg, Charleston and Columbia among its top five.

U.S. News analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live, citing good value, being a desirable place to live, having a strong job market and a high quality of life as prerequisites for making the top of this list.

If you’re considering a permanent move to the Myrtle Beach area, we’ve got some resources right here to help you get the process started!

In the meantime, the door’s always open for your next visit for an unforgettable golf experience. Check out our full, sortable list of award-winning courses to see where you can tee it up next!