You may not agree with what I’m about to propose, but I want you to hear me out. Before you make your mind up, read everything I’m going to propose to you here. I think it’s time to change the state bird, and my choice for the new one is a bit divisive.

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Look, I have nothing against the American Goldfinch. They are adorable little creatures, but does their song immediately bring your mind to the summer memories of youth? I bet you don’t even know what an American Goldfinch sounds like.

But I bet you do know what a New Jersey seagull sounds like, right? And I think it’s high time to put the handful of annoying habits they may have aside and give these majestic beach crooners the Jersey Shore love they truly deserve.

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Have they stolen a French Fry or two in their time, or maybe even a couple of perfectly good sandwiches? Yes they have. But they have to eat too, right? If we can find a way to love sharks, then we must have room in our hearts for the rightful heir to the New Jersey state bird throne.

Let’s be honest. When you take that early morning walk or jog on any of our amazing boardwalks, who is right there next to you, singing, flying and tearing up the nearest beach garbage pail. The beloved seagull, that’s who.

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The combination of their beautiful song, along with the crashing beaches are nature’s orchestration of the soundtrack of a Jersey Shore summer. So call your local legislator, sign a petition or wear a pin. The mighty seagull’s time has arrived!

The 50 best beach towns in America probably have tons of Seagulls

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.

We Bet The the 25 Best Places To Live in New Jersey Have Seagulls

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.

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