The website Smart Asset listed Bay St. Louis as one of the ten Most Affordable Beach Towns in America. The city's historic district played a big part in helping snag the recognition. According to the website, BSL made the list because:
"Located just 90 miles from New Orleans, Bay St. Louis is a favorite destination for beach lovers from around southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. In addition to the beach, the city is known for its historic architecture."
Gulfport came in at #1 on the list, while Biloxi ranked 4th. Bay St. Louis nudged out Ocean Springs for the #10 spot. According to the website, 224 coastal towns across the country were compared.