Resonance Consultancy ranks Myrtle Beach as the ninth "Best Small American City"

Myrtle Beach is ranked as the ninth “Best Small American City” by Resonance Consultancy, the leading advisor in real estate, tourism and economic development for countries, cities and communities. The annual "America's Best Cities Report" ranks the 50 Best Large American Cities, as well as the 50 Best Small American Cities.

The analysis by Resonance Consultancy compared 23 factors in six key categories using a combination of core statistics and online ratings and reviews. It's a tool that helps cities understand their strengths and weaknesses through the lens of the people who matter most: our residents and visitors.

Myrtle Beach is the smallest city in the Top 10, both in city and surrounding metropolitan population, but our strong finish among Small Cities is driven by our high ranking in three of the six categories. In the “Product” category, which measures attractions, accessibility, infrastructure and more, Myrtle Beach earned a #4 ranking. This impressive standing is undoubtedly fueled by a #1 ranking in the “attractions” sub category and a #6 in “Connectivity,” due to the efforts of the Myrtle Beach International Airport and its partners.

“Promotion” is measured based on the number of stories, references and recommendations shared online about that city. Partially because Myrtle Beach ranks second for Facebook check-ins, the city earned a Promotion ranking of #3. Myrtle Beach also is ranked #8 in “Programming,” which measures the experiential pillars of a great visit: food, shows, shopping and nightlife.

Karen Riordan, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, says “It’s no surprise to us that Myrtle Beach is once again on the top-ten list of America’s Best Small Cities. Our 60 miles of beautiful coastline attracts many visitors here for the first time, and our southern hospitality, wealth of entertainment and dining options and great climate bring many back here to live, work and play.”

Those of us who live and vacation here appreciate all that Myrtle Beach has to offer. We have that small-town friendliness and hospitality, but with a wealth of big-town amenities and attractions for all to enjoy. We can't think of another town our size that has as much to offer residents and visitors as Myrtle Beach does.