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Because we're happy: 3 Coast cities make the list

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/2003 
 Clouds are reflected in ripples in the Pascagoula River. Being able to live close to the water and low commute times were some of the reasons Pascagoula came in at No. 3 in the happiest cities to live.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/2003 Clouds are reflected in ripples in the Pascagoula River. Being able to live close to the water and low commute times were some of the reasons Pascagoula came in at No. 3 in the happiest cities to live.

Pascagoula, Gautier and Long Beach made the list of some of the happiest towns in Mississippi, according to Credit Donkey, a credit card comparison and financial education website.

The list was determined by factors such as restaurants, crime rate, commute time, income, divorce rate and housing.

According to the methodology, CreditDonkey looked at every city in the state, regardless of size, to produce its top 10.

Long Beach, known as ‘The Friendly City,’ ranked No. 10 based on its low violent-crime rate, a median income of $57,000, waterfront views and proximity to Gulfport.

Gautier was touted for its location, location, location. Coming in at No. 5, Gautier was ranked for its proximity to Pascagoula Bay and the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, along with “decent housing costs and commute times.”

Pascagoula came at No. 3. Noted for the lowest number of people who have to leave home before 5 a.m. to get to work, denoting a short commute time. The city also scored well on housing costs. Add to that the beach and waterfront views and “Pascagoula’s 22,000 residents have a lot to be happy about.”

Just so you know, Crystal Springs came in at No. 1 and Clinton at No. 2.

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