The details behind our survey’s methodology.

How This Survey Was Conducted

A survey developed by the editors of Southern Living, in association with the third party research firm, GBH Insights, was made available at southernliving.com/southsbest from November 9, 2016, to December 4, 2016.

Our audience was invited to participate through Southern Living magazine, email invitations, newsletters, social media, and southernliving.com. GBH Insights maintained, monitored, and kept the survey website secure, and also collected and tabulated the responses. To protect the integrity of the data, after the survey closed, GBH Insights screened the responses to identify fraudulent votes, which were eliminated from the final tallies.

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