The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Myrtle Beach was ranked 7th ‘Best Small American City’ by Resonance Consultancy, the leading advisors in real estate, tourism, and economic development for countries, cities, and communities. The 2017 America’s Best Cities Report ranked the 50 Best Large American Cities, as well as the 50 Best Small American Cities for 2017. The winning cities were unveiled at a June 14 awards celebration at New York University sponsored by National Geographic Travel.
As the smallest city in the Top 10, both in city and surrounding metropolitan population, Myrtle Beach’s strong finish among Small Cities is driven by its ranking in both Product and Programming categories. Amusement parks, festivals and sunsets help make Myrtle Beach Instagram gold. The report noted that Myrtle Beach lead all of America’s Small Cities in Entertainment sub-category with Airport Connectivity ranked fifth-best. As stated in the report, no one does theme parks and family attractions better than South Carolina’s ocean playground, Myrtle Beach. The report also noted Myrtle Beach’s second-best Promotion perch among Small Cities, driven by Facebook Check-ins (#2) and TripAdvisor Reviews (#3).
“It’s no surprise to us that Myrtle Beach is one of America’s Best Small Cities,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our 60 miles of beautiful coastline attract many visitors here for the first time, but that southern hospitality, wealth of entertainment options and great climate bring many back to live, work and play.”
Resonance Consultancy developed this comprehensive American city ranking to quantify and benchmark the relative quality of a place, reputation and competitive identity for U.S. principal cities. The analysis compared 27 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: their residents and visitors.
Chris Fair of Resonance consultancy said, “Much more than traditional marketing, these opinions and attitudes influence the way people perceive places and where talent, tourism and investment flow.”