Where is your ideal winter?

January 19, 2015 by Gina Thelemann in Articles 

2015 came in with a bang: flu rates are up, winter storms are hitting everyone (including San Diego!) and commutes have slowed to a crawl. Every time around this year, a list comes out showing the best markets to avoid winter—but in reality, not everyone wants to move to Arizona. Many of us just want a little less snow or a little more sun. Others look forward to the slowed pace winter brings. (In January in Minnesota, no one protests when you say you won't be making it out for happy hour!)

So rather than telling you that your winter would be better spent in the tropics, we're leaving it up to you. In the below flow chart, we're letting you choose your own winter, based on—ahem—highly scientific qualifiers.


If moving across state lines seems a bit drastic, consider shuffling around within your state. Below, we outline the strongest and weakest winter markets in each state. To get our results, we compared the total rainfall and snowfall against the average number of sunny days annually. We also weighted in the comfort index, which takes humidity into account. All data was sourced from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The strongest and weakest winter markets by state

State Strongest Winter Market Weakest Winter Market
Alaska Juneau Fairbanks
Alabama Huntsville Montgomery
Arkansas Hot Springs Fort Smith
Arizona Flagstaff Yuma
California Truckee-Grass Valley El Centro
Colorado Silverthorne Grand Junction
Connecticut Torrington New Haven-Milford
District of Columbia* Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
Delaware Dover Seaford
Florida Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin Key West-Marathon
Georgia Summerville Cordele
Hawaii Hilo Kahului-Wailuku
Iowa Mason City Sioux City
Idaho Rexburg Twin Falls
Illinois Dixon Mount Vernon
Indiana South Bend-Mishawaka Washington
Kansas Lawrence Liberal
Kentucky London Owensboro
Louisiana Hammond Shreveport-Bossier City
Massachusetts Pittsfield Barnstable Town
Maryland Cumberland Salisbury
Maine Lewiston-Auburn Rockland
Michigan Houghton Midland
Minnesota Duluth Marshall
Missouri Columbia Branson
Mississippi Pascagoula Vicksburg
Montana Kalispell Havre
North Carolina Boone Fayetteville
North Dakota Grand Forks Williston
Nebraska Fremont Lexington
New Hampshire Berlin Manchester-Nashua
New Jersey Trenton-Ewing Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton
New Mexico Los Alamos Las Cruces
Nevada Elko Las Vegas-Paradise
New York Jamestown-Dunkirk-Fredonia New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
Ohio Ashtabula Wapakoneta
Oklahoma Tahlequah Guymon
Oregon Hood River Ontario
Pennsylvania Meadville Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
Rhode Island* Providence-New Bedford-Fall River Providence-New Bedford-Fall River
South Carolina Seneca Bennettsville
South Dakota Spearfish Brookings
Tennessee Crossville Sevierville
Texas Beaumont-Port Arthur El Paso
Utah Heber St. George
Virginia Culpeper Danville
Vermont Barre Bennington
Washington Aberdeen Kennewick-Richland-Pasco
Wisconsin Marinette Wausau
West Virginia Fairmont Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna
Wyoming Jackson Rock Springs

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