What makes a Jersey Shore town "cool?"

It could be a landmark like in Barnegat Light.

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How about history? Asbury Park has a lot of that.

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Perhaps it's the charm. I think of Cape May when that word is used.

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Lifestyle website The Discoverer went state by state and identified the "coolest" town in each.

They really didn't reveal what criteria they used to make their final decision.

Frankly, I don't envy the job of narrowing a choice down to one sole Jersey town.

Keep in mind that this choice wasn't just for the Jersey Shore, it was for the entire state.

Here's what the site said about the "coolest town" in Jersey.

Eight miles of beach, an oceanside boardwalk full of tasty treats and dozens of cute boutiques, Jersey’s Ocean City is nothing like what you’ve seen on reality TV shows. This old-fashioned resort town has been drawing visitors since the 19th-century and it’s no wonder with all the quaint landmarks and family-friendly vibes.
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Congratulations to Ocean City!

I can't argue with this choice.

The beach is clean and beautiful.

There are trendy shops like Surf Boardwalk Mall, Stainton's, and the downtown area.

Gillian's Wonderland Pier and OC Water Park are guaranteed fun.

There's also a ton of history in Ocean City. It's all documented at the historical museum.

What is "cool" is extremely subjective. I'm sure everyone isn't going to agree with The Discoverer's pick, but I'm "cool" with it.

Not only are these Jersey towns cool, they are the best places to live in the state!

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in New Jersey using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.