Michigan is home to dozens of picturesque beach towns throughout the state, but only one was named the best in the nation.

Our friends at WalletHub put together a list of 2021's Best Beach Towns To Live In and Traverse City was named the best lake beach town to live in.  A total of 46 towns made the list of the best lake beach towns, including a total of 4 Michigan cities.  In addition to Traverse City taking the top spot, Alpen, Holland, and Port Huron all appeared on the list.

Below, you can see how the Michigan towns ranked and see the 5 best lake beach towns of 2021.

Michigan's Best Lake Beach Towns Of 2021

  • Traverse City (1)
  • Alpena (18)
  • Holland (19)
  • Port Huron (44)

5 Best Lake Beach Towns Of 2021

  1. Traverse City, MI
  2. Folsom, CA
  3. Redmond, WA
  4. Mercer Island, WA
  5. Cornelius, NC

It is a little bit surprising that more Michigan cities didn't appear on the list.  It seems like Grand Haven, Muskegon, South Haven, Holland, Saugatuck, or maybe Ludington would make the list too.  But, maybe they didn't want to stack the list with beautiful towns on Lake Michigan.

Source: WalletHub

WalletHub also found some interesting facts about a few of the Michigan towns that made the list.  Alpena has the 4th lowest housing cost among the lake beach towns surveyed and the highest percentage of for-sale waterfront homes. Port Huron has the 3rd lowest water temperature among the towns surveyed. Traverse City has the most nightlife establishments per capita and is tied with Holland for the most restaurants and coffee shops per capita.

You can read more about the best beach towns to live in on WalletHub.com.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.