From the lush forests and rugged coastline of Maine to the dreamy white-sand beaches of Florida, our country’s Eastern Seaboard is brimming with picture-perfect landscapes, natural wonders, historic landmarks, and unique cultural experiences that draw newcomers from around the world. But the East Coast, which consists of 14 states and the District of Columbia, is also home to some of the wealthiest and most economically developed metro areas in the country, along with all eight Ivy League colleges and many other top-rated educational institutions, making the area a fertile ground for innovation and professionals seeking better job opportunities and career advancement.
So, if you’re considering relocating to one of the states that border the Atlantic Ocean, we compiled a list of the best places to live on the East Coast with the highest standard of living and a wealth of recreational opportunities.
With more than 17 million acres of forests, Maine certainly lives up to its moniker of the Pine Tree State. And as its most populous metro area, Portland is at the center of its cultural and economic life. The city, which just topped U.S. News & World Report‘s latest ranking of the best cities to live on the East Coast for its low crime rates and the overall well-being of its residents, attracts newcomers with its natural beauty, bustling art scene, and laid-back outdoorsy lifestyle.
“We’re afforded such an abundance of options to enjoy the outdoors: swimming, boating, hiking, biking, rowing, running, skiing, and climbing,” Jennifer Sweeney, a broker at Town & Shore Real Estate, told Travel + Leisure. “Portland is a walkable gem of a city on the working waterfront, marrying rich history with ever-evolving culture.”
She added that some of the most popular neighborhoods for first-time homeowners in greater Portland include South Portland, which “offers more of a seaside suburban vibe, with pet- and kid-friendly beaches and access to trails,” and Cape Elizabeth for its picture-perfect coastline, Fort Williams Park, and highly rated school system.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Located along the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth’s well-rated public schools are