Welcome! Login | Register
 

Patriots Sign Wide Receiver Andrew Hawkins to One-Year Deal—Patriots Sign Wide Receiver Andrew Hawkins to One-Year…

Worcester Man Arrested on Drug Charges Following Two Month Investigation—Worcester Man Arrested on Drug Charges Following Two…

Victim of Mt. Pleasant Street Assault & Robbery Dies—Victim of Mt. Pleasant Street Assault & Robbery…

Newport Manners & Etiquette: Fun Memorial Day Weekend Dates + Sailing Into Summer In Seersucker—Newport Manners & Etiquette: Fun Memorial Day Weekend…

Celtics Can’t Hold 16 Point Lead, Fall 112-99 To Cleveland in Game 4—Celtics Can't Hold 16 Point Lead, Fall 112-99…

Reliant Medical Group Adds Madariya to Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology—Reliant Medical Group Adds Madariya to Dept. of…

Red Sox Offense Comes Alive in 11-6 Win Over Texas—Red Sox Offense Comes Alive in 11-6 Win…

Chef Walter’s Flavors + Knowledge: Frisee With Walnuts, Apples, Grapes, & Blue Cheese—Chef Walter's Flavors + Knowledge: Frisee With Walnuts,…

Tower Hill to Give Veterans, Military Personnel Free Admission on Memorial Day—Tower Hill to Give Veterans, Military Personnel Free…

Robert Whitcomb: PawSox Play, Watergate Summer De Luxe—Robert Whitcomb: PawSox Play, Watergate Summer De Luxe

 
 

Methodology: New England’s Best Beach Towns 2012

Thursday, August 09, 2012

 

To rank the Best Beach Towns in New England, GoLocal compiled environmental data from online sources and spoke to hundreds of locals to quantify everything from inns to ice cream. Photo: Ocean House, Watch Hill.

To rank New England’s Best Beach Towns, GoLocal began with a list of every coastal town in New England--from the westernmost point on Connecticut's shoreline all the way up to the tiny outposts of Down East Maine--and then eliminated the larger towns and cities, cutting out anything with a year-round population of over 50,000.

From there, researchers scrutinized local, regional and national travel sites for beach reviews, and cross-referenced the best beaches with the towns where they were located. This yielded 33 finalists, from tiny Ogonquit, Maine (population 892) to Milford, Connecticut (population 49,619).

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):

Environment
Number of sunny days
Average percentage of local beach water samples with bacteria exceeding state standards
Number of unhealthy air quality days

Walkability
Walkscore.com’s Walkability Index

Food & Drink
Number of restaurants
Number of bars
Number of ice cream parlors

Lodging
Number of hotel & motel rooms
Number of inn & B&B rooms

Beach Amenities
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.

Analysis

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.

For more coverage of New England's Best Beach Towns 2012, don't miss GoLocalTV, fresh every day at 4pm and on demand 24/7, here.

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
Delivered Free Every
Day to Your Inbox