Methodology: New England’s Best Beach Towns 2012
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Researchers then collected data in five general areas: Environment, Walkability, Food & Drink, Lodging, and Beach Amenities. Each area was quantified with the following data (for the sources for each criteria, see note, below):
Number of sunny days
Average percentage of local beach water samples with bacteria exceeding state standards
Number of unhealthy air quality days
Walkscore.com’s Walkability Index
Food & Drink
Number of restaurants
Number of bars
Number of ice cream parlors
Number of hotel & motel rooms
Number of inn & B&B rooms
A survey of 23 amenities that are part of beach culture: mini-golf, go-carts, batting cages, kite surfing, whale watching, paddle boarding, surf lessons, skydiving, parasailing, concerts, boardwalk, aquarium, volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, surf shop, charter fishing, jet ski rentals, kayak rentals, boogie board rentals, umbrella/beach chair rentals, bike rentals, and nature trails.
GoLocal's researchers culled national databases and spoke to hundreds of tourism professionals, chamber of commerce members, real estate agents, parks and recreation officials, as well as other locals to tabulate the many numbers that figured into the analysis.
From these data points, GoLocal calculated statistical analyses that compared each of these towns to each other, providing regional averages against which each town was subsequently assessed. A proprietary weighting formula was then applied to yield the final rankings.
For the full rankings list, go here. For profiles of the Top 10 New England's Best Beach Towns 2012, go here.
The following online sources/data bases were used for following criteria: Sunny Days/NRDC, Air Quality Index/EPA, Water Quality/NRDC, Walkability/Walkscore.com; other data was obtained from professional resources in local government, tourism, business, and real estate.
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