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 July 10, 2017, to October 9, 2017.

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.

Check out all of the survey results here or choose from one of your favorite categories below:

South’s Best Tiny Towns

South’s Best Small Towns

South’s Best Cities

South’s Best Food Cities

South’s Best Food Towns

South’s Best Restaurants

South's Best Restaurants in Every State

South’s Best Desserts

South’s Best BBQ Joints in Every State

South’s Best Brewery

South’s Best Resorts

South’s Best Hotels

South’s Best Inns

South’s Best Beaches

South’s Best Grocery Stores

South’s Best Festivals