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Cities With the Best & Worst Weather

Written by Richie Bernardo.  Published on Wallethub.com.

Most of us don't consider the weather beyond how it dictates the clothes we put on our backs. But weather can affect more than just our outfits. It impacts our daily lives — and wallets — in often under-considered ways, ranging from total monthly energy bills and local infrastructure costs to commute times and insurance premiums. Even further, it can also affect our moods, productivity and earning potential.

In the United States, routine weather events such as rain and colder-than-average temperatures can cost the economy as much as $485 billion annually. An inch of snow in Washington, DC, for instance, will force the federal government to shut down all nonessential operations. And those effects are just from small weather changes.

To gauge the economic impact of severe weather, let's examine how Hurricane Sandy reshaped employment in New Jersey: In the fourth quarter of 2012, the storm contributed to a 7.3 percent reduction in total jobs. That November, 138,000 people filed for unemployment, a remarkable increase from only 54,000 in November 2011.

With hurricane season upon us and as many Americans relocate in search of new opportunities, WalletHub ranked 600 of the largest cities in the United States based on two sets of weather conditions: one for lovers of mild weather year-round and another for lovers of individual seasons. We used nine key metrics such as humidity, precipitation and snowfall as well as odds of poor and extreme weather. In doing so, consumers can forecast the potential effects their location could have on their wallets and adequately weatherproof their finances against the elements. Check out the Methodology section below for more detailed information on how we ranked each city.

Main Findings

Given the fact that we evaluated 600 cities, some of which are geographically close to one another, we assigned each city a percentile rank. For instance, a value of 10 means that city belongs to the top 10 percent of cities in a particular category (e.g., Winter Percentile).

Mild Weather Overall %City
1 Arden-Arcade, CA
1 Citrus Heights, CA
1 Roseville, CA
1 Davis, CA
1 Glendale, CA
1 Pasadena, CA
1 Burbank, CA
2 Menifee, CA
2 Riverside, CA
2 Jurupa Valley, CA
2 Bakersfield, CA
2 Hesperia, CA
3 Apple Valley, CA
3 Victorville, CA
3 Scottsdale, AZ
3 Henderson, NV
3 Indio, CA
3 Hemet, CA
4 Las Cruces, NM
4 North Las Vegas, NV
4 Modesto, CA
4 Turlock, CA
4 Corona, CA
4 Anaheim, CA
4 Garden Grove, CA
4 Fullerton, CA
4 Norwalk, CA
4 Buena Park, CA
5 Saint George, UT
5 Lancaster, CA
5 Palmdale, CA
6 Los Angeles, CA
6 East Los Angeles, CA
6 South Gate, CA
6 San Tan Valley, AZ
6 Rio Rancho, NM
7 Murrieta, CA
7 Thornton, CO
7 Merced, CA
7 Pomona, CA
7 Sunnyvale, CA
7 Mountain View, CA
8 San Bernardino, CA
8 Redlands, CA
8 Rialto, CA
8 Lynwood, CA
8 Inglewood, CA
8 Compton, CA
8 Hawthorne, CA
9 Pleasanton, CA
9 Livermore, CA
9 Chino, CA
9 Chino Hills, CA
9 San Ramon, CA
10 El Cajon, CA
10 Vacaville, CA
10 Visalia, CA
10 Folsom, CA
10 Elk Grove, CA
10 Rancho Cordova, CA
11 Sacramento, CA
11 Roswell, NM
11 Stockton, CA
11 Tracy, CA
11 Manteca, CA
11 Yuma, AZ
12 Boca Raton, FL
12 Boynton Beach, FL
12 Surprise, AZ
12 Glendale, AZ
12 Peoria, AZ
12 Longmont, CO
13 Midland, TX
13 Santa Monica, CA
13 Brandon, FL
13 Moreno Valley, CA
13 Perris, CA
13 Temecula, CA
14 El Monte, CA
14 West Covina, CA
14 Whittier, CA
14 Alhambra, CA
14 Baldwin Park, CA
14 Concord, CA
14 Antioch, CA
15 Fort Collins, CO
15 Greeley, CO
15 Loveland, CO
15 Long Beach, CA
15 Downey, CA
16 Carson, CA
16 Lakewood, CA
16 Bellflower, CA
16 Nampa, ID
16 Meridian, ID
16 Fishers, IN
17 Columbia, MD
17 Tampa, FL
17 Riverview, FL
17 Santa Fe, NM
17 Concord, NC
17 Escondido, CA
18 Chandler, AZ
18 Gilbert, AZ
18 Tucson, AZ
18 Phoenix, AZ
18 Tempe, AZ
18 Boulder, CO
18 Casas Adobes, AZ
19 Avondale, AZ
19 Goodyear, AZ
19 Palm Coast, FL
19 Pueblo, CO
19 Odessa, TX
20 Suffolk, VA
20 Thousand Oaks, CA
20 Torrance, CA
20 Redondo Beach, CA
20 Fontana, CA
20 Grand Prairie, TX
20 Rancho Cucamonga, CA
20 Ontario, CA
20 Upland, CA
21 Las Vegas, NV
21 Sunrise Manor, NV
21 Spring Valley, NV
21 Enterprise, NV
22 Yakima, WA
22 Oxnard, CA
22 Ventura, CA
22 Fresno, CA
22 Clovis, CA
23 Redding, CA
23 Johns Creek, GA
23 Mesa, AZ
23 Bend, OR
23 Santa Ana, CA
23 Irvine, CA
23 Orange, CA
23 Costa Mesa, CA
24 Mission Viejo, CA
24 Newport Beach, CA
24 Lake Forest, CA
24 Tustin, CA
25 Paradise, NV
25 Wichita Falls, TX
25 Provo, UT
25 Orem, UT
25 Santa Barbara, CA
25 Chico, CA
26 Huntington Beach, CA
26 Westminster, CA
26 Kennewick, WA
26 Redwood City, CA
26 Mesquite, TX
26 San Jose, CA
26 Santa Clara, CA
27 Milpitas, CA
27 Charleston, SC
27 Beaumont, TX
27 Silver Spring, MD
27 Fremont, CA
28 Carlsbad, CA
28 Vista, CA
28 San Angelo, TX
28 San Marcos, CA
28 Union City, CA
28 Hayward, CA
29 El Paso, TX
29 Mount Pleasant, SC
29 Fairfield, CA
29 West Valley, UT
29 West Jordan, UT
29 Sandy, UT
30 Columbia, SC
30 Huntsville, AL
30 Boise, ID
30 Oceanside, CA
30 Lake Charles, LA
30 Flagstaff, AZ
31 Lehigh Acres, FL
31 Cape Coral, FL
31 Portsmouth, VA
31 Kearney, NE
31 Gastonia, NC
31 Ogden, UT
32 Spring Hill, FL
32 Norman, OK
32 Reno, NV
32 Sparks, NV
32 Abilene, TX
32 Orlando, FL
32 Alafaya, FL
33 Chula Vista, CA
33 Tulsa, OK
33 Broken Arrow, OK
33 Greenville, NC
33 Santa Rosa, CA
34 Deltona, FL
34 Germantown, MD
34 Denton, TX
34 Laredo, TX
34 Fort Worth, TX
34 Pembroke Pines, FL
34 Miramar, FL
34 Davie, FL
34 Weston, FL
35 Rock Hill, SC
35 Garland, TX
35 San Diego, CA
36 Santa Clarita, CA
36 Simi Valley, CA
36 Joliet, IL
36 Oklahoma City, OK
36 Edmond, OK
36 Jackson, MS
37 Edinburg, TX
37 McKinney, TX
37 Allen, TX
37 Casper, WY
37 Vallejo, CA
37 Napa, CA
38 Hoover, AL
38 Augusta, GA
38 Arlington, TX
38 Albuquerque, NM
38 Gainesville, FL
38 Hialeah, FL
38 Miami Gardens, FL
39 Medford, OR
39 Albany, GA
39 Winston-Salem, NC
39 Independence, MO
39 Salinas, CA
40 Lynchburg, VA
40 McAllen, TX
40 Saint Petersburg, FL
40 Mission, TX
40 Pharr, TX
40 Rock Springs, WY
41 Rochester, MI
41 Sterling Heights, MI
41 Troy, MI
41 Southfield, MI
41 Athens-Clarke, GA
41 Macon, GA
42 Shreveport, LA
42 Fort Smith, AR
42 Lakeland, FL
42 Columbus, GA
42 Clearwater, FL
42 Largo, FL
43 Atlanta, GA
43 Sandy Springs, GA
43 Tuscaloosa, AL
43 Amarillo, TX
43 Palm Bay, FL
43 Melbourne, FL
44 Temple, TX
44 Santa Maria, CA
44 Missouri City, TX
44 Overland Park, KS
44 Kansas City, KS
44 Colorado Springs, CO
45 Honolulu, HI
45 Pearl City, HI
45 East Honolulu, HI
45 Kansas City, MO
45 Topeka, KS
45 Plano, TX
45 Frisco, TX
45 Carrollton, TX
45 Richardson, TX
46 Fayetteville, AR
46 Rapid City, SD
46 Dothan, AL
47 Gillette, WY
47 Longview, TX
47 Pearland, TX
47 Schenectady, NY
47 Woonsocket, RI
47 Pawtucket, RI
47 Toms River, NJ
48 Brookings, SD
48 Fayetteville, NC
48 Gulfport, MS
48 Kendall, FL
48 Lawrence, KS
49 Sugar Land, TX
49 Lincoln, NE
49 Saint Charles, MO
49 Frederick, MD
49 Round Rock, TX
49 Tyler, TX
50 The Woodlands, TX
50 Bolingbrook, IL
50 Brownsville, TX
50 Waco, TX
50 Jackson, TN
50 Lafayette, LA
51 Wilmington, NC
51 Grand Island, NE
51 Killeen, TX
51 Trenton, NJ
51 Owensboro, KY
51 Hattiesburg, MS
52 Carmel, IN
52 Allentown, PA
52 Lees Summit, MO
52 Saint Joseph, MO
52 Jonesboro, AR
52 Pocatello, ID
53 Chesapeake, VA
53 Clarksville, TN
53 Bryan, TX
53 College Station, TX
53 Lubbock, TX
53 Lakewood, CO
53 Arvada, CO
53 Westminster, CO
54 Olathe, KS
54 Lewiston, ME
54 Auburn, ME
54 Great Falls, MT
55 Mobile, AL
55 Waukesha, WI
55 Springdale, AR
55 Coral Springs, FL
55 Sunrise, FL
55 Lauderhill, FL
56 Baytown, TX
56 Pasadena, TX
56 League City, TX
56 Paterson, NJ
56 Warner Robins, GA
56 Roanoke, VA
57 Newport News, VA
57 Evansville, IN
57 Laramie, WY
57 Sioux City, IA
57 O Fallon, MO
57 San Francisco, CA
57 San Mateo, CA
57 Daly City, CA
58 Rochester, MN
58 Lawton, OK
58 Spokane, WA
58 Spokane Valley, WA
59 Savannah, GA
59 Town 'n' Country, FL
59 Bowling Green, KY
59 Columbia, MO
59 Springfield, IL
59 North Charleston, SC
60 Bozeman, MT
60 Peoria, IL
60 Bismarck, ND
60 Toledo, OH
60 Iowa City, IA
60 San Leandro, CA
60 Alameda, CA
61 Cheyenne, WY
61 Oakland, CA
61 Berkeley, CA
61 Richmond, CA
61 Reading, PA
62 Lafayette, IN
62 Philadelphia, PA
62 Butte, MT
62 Palatine, IL
62 Nashua, NH
62 Arlington Heights, IL
62 Evanston, IL
63 Springfield, MO
63 Idaho Falls, ID
63 Newark, DE
63 Bear, DE
63 Middletown, DE
63 Wilmington, DE
64 Aberdeen, SD
64 New Orleans, LA
64 Metairie, LA
64 Montgomery, AL
64 Murfreesboro, TN
65 Baton Rouge, LA
65 Decatur, IL
65 Davenport, IA
65 Port Saint Lucie, FL
65 New York, NY
65 Jersey City, NJ
65 Union City, NJ
66 Hartford, CT
66 New Britain, CT
66 Huntington, WV
66 Vancouver, WA
66 Tallahassee, FL
67 Missoula, MT
67 High Point, NC
67 Passaic, NJ
67 Clifton, NJ
67 Greensboro, NC
67 Cincinnati, OH
67 Covington, KY
68 Duluth, MN
68 Bloomington, IN
68 Pompano Beach, FL
68 Deerfield Beach, FL
68 Parkersburg, WV
69 Birmingham, AL
69 Danbury, CT
69 Detroit, MI
69 Warren, MI
69 Dearborn, MI
69 Waterbury, CT
70 Cedar Rapids, IA
70 Lowell, MA
70 Lawrence, MA
70 Asheville, NC
70 New Haven, CT
70 Brockton, MA
70 Quincy, MA
71 Columbus, OH
71 Aurora, IL
71 Naperville, IL
71 Elgin, IL
71 Billings, MT
72 Rutland, VT
72 Lexington, KY
72 Norfolk, VA
72 Fort Lauderdale, FL
72 Hollywood, FL
72 Plantation, FL
73 Dale City, VA
73 Jacksonville, NC
73 Renton, WA
73 Champaign, IL
73 Dover, NH
73 Rochester, NH
74 Centennial, CO
74 Highlands Ranch, CO
74 Denver, CO
74 Manchester, NH
74 Salt Lake City, UT
74 Aurora, CO
75 Bridgeport, CT
75 Corpus Christi, TX
75 Racine, WI
75 Watertown, SD
75 Hillsboro, OR
75 Beaverton, OR
76 Jacksonville, FL
76 Kailua, HI
76 Bethlehem, PA
76 Hammond, IN
76 Gary, IN
76 Roswell, GA
77 Ann Arbor, MI
77 Chattanooga, TN
77 Muncie, IN
77 Layton, UT
77 Oshkosh, WI
77 Kenosha, WI
78 Waukegan, IL
78 Salem, OR
78 Minot, ND
78 Newton, MA
78 Biloxi, MS
78 Bloomington, IL
79 Framingham, MA
79 West Fargo, ND
79 Fargo, ND
79 Sioux Falls, SD
79 Saint Cloud, MN
79 Miami, FL
79 Miami Beach, FL
80 Appleton, WI
80 Akron, OH
80 Saint Paul, MN
80 Waterloo, IA
80 Seattle, WA
80 Bellevue, WA
81 Hilo, HI
81 Morgantown, WV
81 Charlotte, NC
81 Charleston, WV
81 West Palm Beach, FL
82 Dallas, TX
82 Bellevue, NE
82 Fairbanks, AK
82 Wheeling, WV
82 Green Bay, WI
82 Eau Claire, WI
83 Knoxville, TN
83 Madison, WI
83 Gresham, OR
83 San Antonio, TX
83 Omaha, NE
83 Irving, TX
83 Lewisville, TX
83 Flower Mound, TX
84 Minneapolis, MN
84 Portland, OR
84 Brooklyn Park, MN
84 Plymouth, MN
85 Scranton, PA
85 Hampton, VA
85 Raleigh, NC
85 Durham, NC
85 Cary, NC
85 Kalamazoo, MI
86 New Bedford, MA
86 Fall River, MA
86 South Bend, IN
86 Eugene, OR
86 Austin, TX
86 Anchorage, AK
87 Cleveland, OH
87 Concord, NH
87 Atascocita, TX
87 Pittsburgh, PA
87 Tacoma, WA
87 South Portland, ME
87 Portland, ME
88 Norwalk, CT
88 Stamford, CT
88 Little Rock, AR
88 Waldorf, MD
88 Kenner, LA
89 Dover, DE
89 Flint, MI
89 Wichita, KS
89 Houston, TX
89 Memphis, TN
89 Southaven, MS
90 Bellingham, WA
90 Nashville, TN
90 Springfield, MA
90 Everett, WA
90 Centreville, VA
90 Richmond, VA
91 Erie, PA
91 Albany, NY
91 Baltimore, MD
91 Ellicott City, MD
91 Glen Burnie, MD
91 Grand Forks, ND
92 Virginia Beach, VA
92 Louisville, KY
92 Chicago, IL
92 Cicero, IL
92 Farmington, MI
92 Auburn, WA
92 Kent, WA
92 Federal Way, WA
93 Washington, DC
93 Arlington, VA
93 Alexandria, VA
93 Saint Louis, MO
94 Westland, MI
94 Montpelier, VT
94 Barre, VT
94 Livonia, MI
94 Des Moines, IA
94 Dayton, OH
95 Worcester, MA
95 Camden, NJ
95 Bloomington, MN
95 Schaumburg, IL
95 Milwaukee, WI
95 Winooski, VT
95 Burlington, VT
96 Yonkers, NY
96 New Rochelle, NY
96 Mount Vernon, NY
96 Bangor, ME
96 Rockford, IL
97 Fort Wayne, IN
97 Lansing, MI
97 Newark, NJ
97 Elizabeth, NJ
97 Parma, OH
97 Grand Rapids, MI
98 Boston, MA
98 Cambridge, MA
98 Lynn, MA
98 Somerville, MA
98 Wyoming, MI
98 Indianapolis, IN
99 Providence, RI
99 Warwick, RI
99 Cranston, RI
99 Rochester, NY
99 Canton, OH
99 Buffalo, NY
99 Cheektowaga, NY
100 Syracuse, NY
100 Youngstown, OH
100 Ketchikan, AK
100 Sitka, AK
100 Juneau, AK
Four Seasons Overall %CityWinter %Spring %Summer %Fall %
1 Glendale, CA 1 3 6 1
1 Pasadena, CA 1 3 6 1
1 Burbank, CA 1 3 6 1
1 Bakersfield, CA 13 2 1 3
1 Modesto, CA 6 6 1 3
1 Turlock, CA 6 6 1 3
2 Davis, CA 8 3 2 4
2 Merced, CA 9 7 1 4
2 Riverside, CA 4 4 4 3
2 Jurupa Valley, CA 4 4 4 3
2 Arden-Arcade, CA 10 1 5 4
2 Citrus Heights, CA 10 1 5 4
3 Roseville, CA 10 1 5 4
3 Saint George, UT 1 6 10 3
3 Menifee, CA 3 1 3 9
3 Las Cruces, NM 2 4 7 6
3 Hesperia, CA 8 2 2 8
3 Apple Valley, CA 8 2 2 8
3 Victorville, CA 8 2 2 8
4 Scottsdale, AZ 5 2 11 5
4 Henderson, NV 7 2 9 6
4 Stockton, CA 9 10 3 6
4 Visalia, CA 16 17 1 1
4 Tracy, CA 9 10 3 6
4 Manteca, CA 9 10 3 6
5 Lancaster, CA 1 9 5 9
5 Palmdale, CA 1 9 5 9
5 Sunnyvale, CA 2 6 19 2
5 Mountain View, CA 2 6 19 2
5 Corona, CA 6 3 18 2
6 Pleasanton, CA 4 10 14 1
6 Livermore, CA 4 10 14 1
6 San Ramon, CA 4 10 14 1
6 Sacramento, CA 17 9 6 2
6 Roswell, NM 3 13 9 5
6 Vacaville, CA 23 7 4 1
7 Hemet, CA 3 1 3 31
7 Indio, CA 12 4 9 15
7 North Las Vegas, NV 9 4 14 13
7 Anaheim, CA 6 7 16 10
7 Garden Grove, CA 6 7 16 10
7 Fullerton, CA 6 7 16 10
7 Norwalk, CA 6 7 16 10
7 Buena Park, CA 6 7 16 10
8 Suffolk, VA 3 21 13 4
8 Los Angeles, CA 11 4 19 7
8 East Los Angeles, CA 11 4 19 7
8 South Gate, CA 11 4 19 7
9 Concord, CA 16 13 17 5
9 Antioch, CA 16 13 17 5
9 Chino, CA 17 16 10 8
9 Chino Hills, CA 17 16 10 8
9 San Bernardino, CA 22 14 1 15
9 Redlands, CA 22 14 1 15
9 Rialto, CA 22 14 1 15
10 Rio Rancho, NM 17 10 13 13
10 Midland, TX 11 18 15 14
10 Moreno Valley, CA 18 19 9 12
10 Perris, CA 18 19 9 12
10 Temecula, CA 18 19 9 12
11 San Tan Valley, AZ 14 2 25 16
11 Murrieta, CA 3 1 15 42
11 Odessa, TX 13 20 20 13
11 Redding, CA 37 20 2 6
11 Lynwood, CA 4 8 32 17
11 Inglewood, CA 4 8 32 17
11 Compton, CA 4 8 32 17
11 Hawthorne, CA 4 8 32 17
12 Escondido, CA 7 33 19 7
12 Greeley, CO 17 21 20 9
12 Columbia, SC 12 21 28 7
12 Brandon, FL 34 16 15 5
13 Bend, OR 22 25 13 11
13 Mount Pleasant, SC 23 27 20 4
13 Thornton, CO 27 18 7 22
13 Folsom, CA 43 11 4 18
13 Elk Grove, CA 43 11 4 18
13 Rancho Cordova, CA 43 11 4 18
14 Tucson, AZ 7 5 54 7
14 Casas Adobes, AZ 7 5 55 7
14 Fort Collins, CO 14 27 23 10
14 Loveland, CO 14 27 23 10
14 Santa Monica, CA 3 11 44 18
14 Fresno, CA 30 21 6 19
14 Clovis, CA 30 21 6 19
15 Mesquite, TX 22 32 13 15
15 Concord, NC 14 14 16 40
15 Wichita Falls, TX 16 24 22 21
15 Longmont, CO 33 24 7 16
15 Gastonia, NC 12 30 26 16
16 Santa Fe, NM 27 20 24 12
16 San Angelo, TX 17 34 22 9
16 Charleston, SC 20 29 21 16
16 Pomona, CA 34 16 10 25
16 Tampa, FL 30 19 22 12
16 Riverview, FL 30 19 22 12
17 Denton, TX 5 42 25 9
17 Silver Spring, MD 21 28 19 20
17 Fontana, CA 25 29 8 24
17 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 25 29 8 24
17 Ontario, CA 25 29 8 24
17 Upland, CA 25 29 8 24
18 Grand Prairie, TX 23 23 18 23
18 Pueblo, CO 26 25 18 16
18 Long Beach, CA 15 17 29 28
18 Downey, CA 15 17 29 28
18 Carson, CA 15 17 29 28
18 Lakewood, CA 15 17 29 28
18 Bellflower, CA 15 17 29 28
19 Surprise, AZ 18 10 44 18
19 McKinney, TX 11 46 21 10
19 Allen, TX 11 46 21 10
19 Tulsa, OK 8 45 23 11
19 Broken Arrow, OK 8 45 23 11
20 Provo, UT 37 23 14 13
20 Orem, UT 37 23 14 13
20 Thousand Oaks, CA 5 15 52 21
20 Santa Barbara, CA 4 18 52 17
20 Greenville, NC 2 28 27 36
20 El Cajon, CA 37 15 17 27
20 Yuma, AZ 24 6 36 27
21 Norman, OK 20 38 22 16
21 Abilene, TX 16 38 27 13
21 Fort Worth, TX 11 42 29 13
21 Oxnard, CA 2 15 59 24
21 Ventura, CA 2 15 59 24
22 Rock Hill, SC 13 31 30 27
22 Nampa, ID 56 15 8 25
22 Meridian, ID 56 15 8 25
22 Hoover, AL 22 33 26 26
22 Boulder, CO 40 25 10 30
22 San Jose, CA 29 28 25 23
22 Santa Clara, CA 29 28 25 23
23 Augusta, GA 18 28 41 18
23 Milpitas, CA 29 28 25 23
23 Union City, CA 13 22 60 14
23 Hayward, CA 13 22 60 14
23 Yakima, WA 70 16 11 14
24 Johns Creek, GA 27 19 22 46
24 Fairfield, CA 43 25 23 19
24 Paradise, NV 38 35 13 22
24 Arlington, TX 13 46 26 26
24 Las Vegas, NV 23 13 42 33
24 Sunrise Manor, NV 23 13 42 33
24 Spring Valley, NV 23 13 42 33
24 Enterprise, NV 23 13 42 33
25 Spring Hill, FL 24 24 36 24
25 Kennewick, WA 53 14 14 36
25 Winston-Salem, NC 13 35 39 27
25 Fort Smith, AR 21 48 19 26
26 Jackson, MS 44 38 16 14
26 El Paso, TX 20 16 54 30
26 Glendale, AZ 36 5 41 32
26 Peoria, AZ 36 5 41 32
26 Flagstaff, AZ 21 33 50 16
26 Athens-Clarke, GA 24 33 33 30
27 Atlanta, GA 30 36 28 24
27 Sandy Springs, GA 30 36 28 24
27 Oklahoma City, OK 26 40 30 22
27 Edmond, OK 26 40 30 22
27 Orlando, FL 25 24 45 28
27 Alafaya, FL 25 24 45 28
28 Columbia, MD 39 21 15 53
28 Phoenix, AZ 28 8 59 31
28 Tempe, AZ 28 8 59 31
28 Boise, ID 63 27 9 28
28 Fishers, IN 65 17 13 34
28 Macon, GA 31 30 36 27
29 Garland, TX 23 49 16 38
29 Cape Coral, FL 27 23 47 30
29 Deltona, FL 28 25 41 32
29 Santa Ana, CA 19 25 40 44
29 Irvine, CA 19 25 40 44
29 Orange, CA 19 25 40 44
29 Costa Mesa, CA 19 25 40 44
30 Mission Viejo, CA 19 25 41 44
30 Newport Beach, CA 19 25 41 44
30 Lake Forest, CA 19 25 41 44
30 Tustin, CA 19 25 41 44
30 Germantown, MD 29 35 28 33
31 Albany, GA 26 31 56 18
31 Columbus, GA 34 32 43 19
31 Ogden, UT 63 34 11 21
31 Lynchburg, VA 14 38 47 33
31 Fayetteville, NC 8 35 56 34
31 Palm Coast, FL 45 23 11 56
32 Portsmouth, VA 21 36 44 31
32 Shreveport, LA 41 43 24 20
32 Fayetteville, AR 21 48 27 35
32 El Monte, CA 56 22 12 47
32 West Covina, CA 56 22 12 47
32 Whittier, CA 56 22 12 47
32 Alhambra, CA 56 22 12 47
32 Baldwin Park, CA 56 22 12 47
33 Independence, MO 32 44 34 20
33 Huntsville, AL 38 20 25 59
33 Chandler, AZ 40 7 46 47
33 Gilbert, AZ 40 7 46 47
34 Chico, CA 56 33 7 44
34 Kearney, NE 42 40 34 19
34 Tuscaloosa, AL 44 35 27 30
34 Santa Rosa, CA 49 31 35 23
34 Medford, OR 49 45 14 29
34 Gainesville, FL 31 29 44 37
35 Carlsbad, CA 10 34 62 41
35 Vista, CA 10 34 62 41
35 San Marcos, CA 10 34 62 41
35 West Valley, UT 76 12 5 59
35 West Jordan, UT 76 12 5 59
35 Lehigh Acres, FL 40 24 48 34
35 Sandy, UT 76 12 5 59
36 Oceanside, CA 12 33 64 47
36 Longview, TX 40 53 27 22
36 Boca Raton, FL 61 20 11 63
36 Kansas City, MO 32 44 47 20
36 Dothan, AL 41 36 53 15
36 Boynton Beach, FL 61 20 12 63
37 Wilmington, NC 20 37 49 47
37 Topeka, KS 28 54 34 26
37 Overland Park, KS 32 44 49 20
37 Kansas City, KS 32 44 49 20
37 Avondale, AZ 43 12 51 50
37 Goodyear, AZ 43 12 51 50
38 Vallejo, CA 34 34 60 21
38 Napa, CA 34 34 60 21
38 Reno, NV 53 42 18 38
38 Sparks, NV 53 42 18 38
38 Huntington Beach, CA 36 27 50 44
38 Westminster, CA 36 27 50 44
39 Saint Charles, MO 45 47 26 33
39 Waco, TX 20 63 35 37
39 Jonesboro, AR 49 50 24 30
39 Pembroke Pines, FL 31 37 37 51
39 Miramar, FL 31 37 37 51
39 Davie, FL 31 37 37 51
39 Weston, FL 31 37 37 51
40 Tyler, TX 37 59 31 27
40 Temple, TX 35 52 31 36
40 Trenton, NJ 27 49 45 37
40 Missouri City, TX 56 58 17 30
41 Gulfport, MS 53 45 36 21
41 Lawrence, KS 40 56 36 26
41 Mesa, AZ 50 12 53 55
41 Amarillo, TX 31 41 51 38
41 Torrance, CA 51 18 55 46
41 Redondo Beach, CA 51 18 55 46
42 Albuquerque, NM 26 28 62 58
42 Jackson, TN 54 49 24 36
42 Fremont, CA 63 32 33 40
42 Lake Charles, LA 70 38 15 44
42 Redwood City, CA 56 30 40 43
42 Palm Bay, FL 35 32 55 53
43 Melbourne, FL 35 32 55 53
43 Joliet, IL 62 40 28 36
43 Salinas, CA 14 36 78 49
43 Beaumont, TX 79 41 9 41
43 Sugar Land, TX 54 59 30 26
43 Chesapeake, VA 33 50 58 29
44 Santa Maria, CA 14 39 75 50
44 Olathe, KS 48 64 40 21
44 O Fallon, MO 42 66 37 32
44 Saint Petersburg, FL 30 32 72 49
44 Hattiesburg, MS 59 43 35 39
44 Hialeah, FL 38 41 44 60
44 Miami Gardens, FL 38 41 44 60
45 Roanoke, VA 26 47 65 42
45 Lees Summit, MO 48 59 35 36
45 Round Rock, TX 48 54 33 49
45 Warner Robins, GA 40 41 64 38
45 Newport News, VA 18 44 60 66
46 Toms River, NJ 29 46 57 54
46 Clearwater, FL 32 30 86 34
46 Largo, FL 32 30 86 34
46 Bryan, TX 45 67 31 42
46 Frederick, MD 41 40 37 68
46 Pearland, TX 64 57 23 41
47 College Station, TX 45 67 32 42
47 Clarksville, TN 65 47 24 50
47 Lincoln, NE 54 63 46 23
47 Owensboro, KY 66 48 31 38
47 The Woodlands, TX 48 65 27 52
47 Lubbock, TX 27 58 58 49
48 Killeen, TX 34 64 49 43
48 Carmel, IN 70 46 32 40
48 Columbia, MO 48 64 35 43
48 Allentown, PA 45 46 54 50
48 Santa Clarita, CA 64 31 25 80
48 Simi Valley, CA 64 31 25 80
49 Casper, WY 55 55 29 56
49 Lawton, OK 33 66 59 37
49 Saint Joseph, MO 58 62 43 31
49 Evansville, IN 71 53 28 46
49 Lafayette, LA 75 47 29 47
49 Chula Vista, CA 30 35 68 70
49 Springfield, MO 44 68 35 53
50 Edinburg, TX 80 52 33 28
50 Bowling Green, KY 65 54 31 50
50 Laredo, TX 66 41 45 51
50 North Charleston, SC 38 40 72 54
50 Mobile, AL 55 43 71 31
51 Bolingbrook, IL 68 53 39 41
51 McAllen, TX 75 50 39 34
51 San Diego, CA 36 36 65 71
51 Honolulu, HI 60 42 43 62
51 Pearl City, HI 60 42 43 62
51 East Honolulu, HI 60 42 43 62
52 Mission, TX 75 50 39 34
52 Pharr, TX 75 50 39 34
52 Springfield, IL 60 65 44 37
52 Savannah, GA 34 43 74 59
52 Philadelphia, PA 44 57 56 55
52 Montgomery, AL 45 51 64 49
52 Peoria, IL 67 68 39 31
53 Woonsocket, RI 39 45 67 59
53 Pawtucket, RI 39 45 67 59
53 High Point, NC 28 56 69 58
53 Greensboro, NC 28 56 69 58
53 Grand Island, NE 62 69 54 28
54 Paterson, NJ 43 56 58 63
54 Plano, TX 50 51 37 76
54 Frisco, TX 50 51 37 76
54 Carrollton, TX 50 51 37 76
54 Richardson, TX 50 51 37 76
54 Colorado Springs, CO 43 52 79 42
55 Birmingham, AL 58 60 56 47
55 Norfolk, VA 24 54 74 68
55 Lafayette, IN 68 62 50 40
55 Rapid City, SD 63 68 47 46
55 Decatur, IL 73 59 49 40
55 Rock Springs, WY 74 49 33 64
56 Murfreesboro, TN 53 57 45 71
56 Jacksonville, NC 29 58 74 62
56 Dale City, VA 37 61 64 64
56 Lewiston, ME 35 49 68 75
56 Auburn, ME 35 49 68 75
56 Toledo, OH 83 59 38 39
57 Roswell, GA 37 67 72 55
57 Newark, DE 47 55 60 68
57 Bear, DE 47 55 60 68
57 Middletown, DE 47 55 60 68
57 Wilmington, DE 47 55 60 68
57 Cincinnati, OH 69 61 47 54
57 Covington, KY 69 61 47 54
58 San Francisco, CA 54 52 76 43
58 San Mateo, CA 54 52 76 43
58 Daly City, CA 54 52 76 43
58 Huntington, WV 67 57 53 55
58 Gillette, WY 66 69 34 63
59 Parkersburg, WV 63 59 58 53
59 Vancouver, WA 67 63 49 56
59 Spokane, WA 72 69 33 60
59 Spokane Valley, WA 72 69 33 60
59 Brownsville, TX 87 73 30 37
59 Reading, PA 54 55 55 71
60 Rochester, MI 93 39 20 84
60 Sterling Heights, MI 93 39 20 84
60 Troy, MI 93 39 20 84
60 Southfield, MI 93 39 20 84
60 Hartford, CT 46 63 66 64
60 New Britain, CT 46 63 66 64
61 Kendall, FL 49 39 87 60
61 Passaic, NJ 52 61 63 65
61 Clifton, NJ 52 61 63 65
61 New York, NY 49 57 66 70
61 Jersey City, NJ 49 57 66 70
61 Union City, NJ 49 57 66 70
62 Palatine, IL 79 70 50 39
62 Arlington Heights, IL 79 70 51 39
62 Evanston, IL 79 70 51 39
62 Iowa City, IA 78 70 56 35
62 Pocatello, ID 96 58 24 64
62 Lakeland, FL 78 37 51 82
63 Lexington, KY 82 63 51 49
63 Brookings, SD 64 47 65 68
63 New Haven, CT 41 73 76 58
63 Tallahassee, FL 64 47 80 52
63 Waterbury, CT 36 64 79 68
63 San Leandro, CA 52 53 83 56
63 Alameda, CA 52 53 83 56
64 Oakland, CA 52 53 83 56
64 Berkeley, CA 52 53 83 56
64 Richmond, CA 52 53 83 56
64 Bloomington, IN 84 61 50 52
64 Sioux City, IA 77 67 64 39
65 Baton Rouge, LA 71 58 62 58
65 Columbus, OH 77 68 54 51
65 Asheville, NC 46 51 81 66
65 Lowell, MA 46 74 70 61
65 Lawrence, MA 46 74 70 61
65 Springdale, AR 69 50 43 89
66 Davenport, IA 80 72 63 34
66 Great Falls, MT 63 71 57 64
66 Champaign, IL 72 71 65 44
66 Chattanooga, TN 62 65 58 74
66 Detroit, MI 88 65 47 55
66 Warren, MI 88 65 47 55
66 Dearborn, MI 88 65 47 55
67 Charlotte, NC 49 72 76 61
67 Town 'n' Country, FL 51 44 100 61
67 Renton, WA 60 66 65 73
67 New Orleans, LA 66 66 57 79
67 Metairie, LA 66 66 57 79
68 Bridgeport, CT 55 76 71 63
68 Danbury, CT 48 67 72 81
68 Nashua, NH 58 65 75 69
68 Hillsboro, OR 74 74 52 67
68 Beaverton, OR 74 74 52 67
68 Coral Springs, FL 39 48 96 82
68 Sunrise, FL 39 48 96 82
68 Lauderhill, FL 39 48 96 82
69 Manchester, NH 59 74 69 67
69 Schenectady, NY 89 43 46 91
69 Dallas, TX 41 81 79 71
69 Salem, OR 80 74 54 62
70 Aurora, IL 88 72 60 52
70 Naperville, IL 88 72 60 52
70 Elgin, IL 88 72 60 52
70 Hampton, VA 40 73 82 79
70 Dover, NH 51 77 77 72
70 Rochester, NH 51 77 77 72
71 Irving, TX 42 88 80 66
71 Lewisville, TX 42 88 80 66
71 Flower Mound, TX 42 88 80 66
71 Waukesha, WI 90 60 46 81
71 Muncie, IN 83 77 64 53
71 Cedar Rapids, IA 89 77 68 39
72 Lakewood, CO 69 70 57 86
72 Arvada, CO 69 70 57 86
72 Westminster, CO 69 70 57 86
72 Bozeman, MT 85 78 36 76
72 Missoula, MT 93 73 37 72
72 Salt Lake City, UT 80 78 46 78
73 Aberdeen, SD 93 69 63 57
73 Layton, UT 83 81 48 71
73 Biloxi, MS 67 76 93 42
73 Idaho Falls, ID 99 69 34 79
73 Duluth, MN 77 67 69 70
73 Raleigh, NC 46 75 84 75
73 Durham, NC 46 75 84 75
73 Cary, NC 46 75 84 75
74 Bismarck, ND 86 73 62 62
74 Laramie, WY 75 75 59 78
74 Bethlehem, PA 74 67 69 77
74 Seattle, WA 68 71 72 75
74 Bellevue, WA 68 71 72 75
75 Pompano Beach, FL 54 56 91 85
75 Deerfield Beach, FL 54 56 91 85
75 Rochester, MN 79 75 67 64
75 Rutland, VT 76 64 74 78
75 Newton, MA 59 79 77 72
76 Framingham, MA 59 79 78 72
76 Knoxville, TN 72 84 67 67
76 Jacksonville, FL 58 62 96 73
76 Port Saint Lucie, FL 73 60 73 86
76 Morgantown, WV 71 76 79 63
76 Charleston, WV 73 72 78 67
77 Akron, OH 83 74 66 66
77 Racine, WI 87 83 65 54
77 Cheyenne, WY 68 64 81 78
77 Butte, MT 89 82 46 79
77 Waukegan, IL 81 85 70 56
77 Ann Arbor, MI 92 76 55 71
78 Baytown, TX 92 62 53 88
78 Pasadena, TX 92 62 53 88
78 League City, TX 92 62 53 88
78 Austin, TX 57 89 78 74
78 Brockton, MA 79 78 73 65
78 Quincy, MA 79 78 73 65
79 Gresham, OR 81 81 63 79
79 Corpus Christi, TX 84 84 72 61
79 Wheeling, WV 82 79 71 68
79 Little Rock, AR 71 88 63 83
79 Fort Lauderdale, FL 57 60 92 94
79 Hollywood, FL 57 60 92 94
79 Kenosha, WI 91 79 67 65
80 Plantation, FL 57 60 92 94
80 Madison, WI 71 91 80 61
80 Waterloo, IA 87 90 78 47
80 Bloomington, IL 95 73 68 69
80 Billings, MT 86 84 52 84
81 Portland, OR 85 78 69 74
81 Centennial, CO 61 80 93 73
81 Highlands Ranch, CO 61 80 93 73
81 Denver, CO 61 80 93 73
81 Sioux Falls, SD 83 90 80 54
81 Oshkosh, WI 91 80 71 66
82 Memphis, TN 73 92 70 77
82 Southaven, MS 73 92 70 77
82 Green Bay, WI 83 82 77 70
82 Bellevue, NE 81 90 83 56
82 Richmond, VA 59 82 87 87
82 San Antonio, TX 67 86 88 74
83 Omaha, NE 77 94 83 58
83 Dover, DE 59 85 85 87
83 South Bend, IN 92 84 74 67
83 Eugene, OR 81 84 73 80
83 Nashville, TN 81 87 67 84
83 Aurora, CO 67 83 86 83
84 Pittsburgh, PA 85 83 79 73
84 West Fargo, ND 96 78 71 75
84 Fargo, ND 96 78 71 75
84 Watertown, SD 97 81 70 73
84 Bellingham, WA 66 79 82 96
84 Waldorf, MD 71 85 81 85
85 Saint Paul, MN 90 83 77 72
85 Cleveland, OH 92 82 68 81
85 New Bedford, MA 62 87 88 87
85 Fall River, MA 62 87 88 87
85 Scranton, PA 82 77 78 88
85 Saint Cloud, MN 83 81 75 86
86 Norwalk, CT 60 87 89 88
86 Tacoma, WA 78 81 77 90
86 Stamford, CT 60 87 89 88
86 Kailua, HI 86 82 73 86
86 Kalamazoo, MI 95 82 74 78
86 Centreville, VA 64 89 82 91
87 Virginia Beach, VA 62 86 91 89
87 Concord, NH 72 85 82 90
87 Eau Claire, WI 79 84 82 83
87 Saint Louis, MO 78 99 76 78
87 Atascocita, TX 74 89 83 87
87 Everett, WA 71 85 82 92
88 Wichita, KS 72 95 86 81
88 Baltimore, MD 75 88 85 93
88 Ellicott City, MD 75 88 85 93
88 Glen Burnie, MD 75 88 85 93
88 Washington, DC 65 93 90 88
88 Arlington, VA 65 93 90 88
88 Alexandria, VA 65 93 90 88
89 Flint, MI 88 90 80 82
89 South Portland, ME 70 91 90 90
89 Portland, ME 70 91 90 90
89 Minot, ND 98 80 81 80
89 Miami, FL 68 83 100 90
89 Miami Beach, FL 68 83 100 90
90 West Palm Beach, FL 73 78 98 92
90 Springfield, MA 76 88 92 88
90 Minneapolis, MN 90 86 84 83
90 Brooklyn Park, MN 90 86 85 83
90 Plymouth, MN 90 86 85 83
91 Hammond, IN 98 75 75 98
91 Gary, IN 98 75 75 98
91 Appleton, WI 98 77 79 94
91 Louisville, KY 91 93 75 90
91 Camden, NJ 81 86 90 92
91 Anchorage, AK 96 70 85 99
92 Auburn, WA 82 90 87 93
92 Kent, WA 82 90 87 93
92 Federal Way, WA 82 90 87 93
92 Houston, TX 85 91 87 91
92 Kenner, LA 91 85 100 76
92 Albany, NY 84 89 91 92
93 Fairbanks, AK 92 68 95 100
93 Dayton, OH 89 94 89 85
93 Westland, MI 94 95 89 80
93 Livonia, MI 94 95 90 80
93 Schaumburg, IL 85 97 94 81
93 Yonkers, NY 77 94 92 96
93 New Rochelle, NY 77 94 92 96
93 Mount Vernon, NY 77 94 92 96
94 Des Moines, IA 96 100 89 72
94 Chicago, IL 95 93 87 84
94 Cicero, IL 95 93 88 84
94 Erie, PA 100 90 80 97
95 Milwaukee, WI 87 99 96 80
95 Newark, NJ 84 93 93 96
95 Elizabeth, NJ 84 93 93 96
95 Montpelier, VT 89 92 89 96
95 Barre, VT 89 92 89 96
95 Rockford, IL 92 99 95 82
96 Farmington, MI 97 95 87 90
96 Hilo, HI 100 87 86 98
96 Worcester, MA 85 95 97 97
96 Fort Wayne, IN 96 97 94 85
96 Winooski, VT 91 92 95 97
96 Burlington, VT 91 92 95 97
97 Lansing, MI 95 96 94 92
97 Bangor, ME 86 96 95 99
97 Boston, MA 86 98 99 95
97 Cambridge, MA 86 98 99 95
97 Lynn, MA 86 98 99 95
97 Somerville, MA 86 98 99 95
98 Indianapolis, IN 98 100 90 91
98 Grand Forks, ND 100 96 94 93
98 Bloomington, MN 97 98 96 91
98 Grand Rapids, MI 97 99 95 94
98 Wyoming, MI 97 99 96 94
98 Parma, OH 98 96 95 97
99 Rochester, NY 99 96 97 95
99 Providence, RI 94 97 97 99
99 Warwick, RI 94 97 97 99
99 Cranston, RI 94 97 97 99
99 Canton, OH 97 98 99 98
99 Syracuse, NY 99 99 98 98
100 Buffalo, NY 100 96 97 99
100 Cheektowaga, NY 100 96 97 99
100 Youngstown, OH 98 100 99 98
100 Sitka, AK 99 100 98 100
100 Ketchikan, AK 98 100 100 100
100 Juneau, AK 100 100 100 100

 

 
 
Methodology

In light of hurricane season, WalletHub ranked 600 of the largest cities in the United States to identify the ones with the best year-round weather. Using nine key metrics, we defined ideal weather models both for lovers of mild weather year-round and for those who appreciate individual seasons.

In order to do so, we initially calculated each city’s monthly weather score by ranking the cities according to each metric and its corresponding weight. Afterwards we have identified the percentile for each city.

Given the fact that we evaluated 600 cities, some of which are geographically close to one another, we assigned each city a percentile rank. For instance, a value of 10 means that city belongs to the top 10 percent of cities in a particular category (e.g., winter category).

The following metrics as well as their corresponding weights were used for our overall rankings above.

Temperature & Humidity:

  • Difference between the Historical Average Monthly Temperature & Ideal Temperature for Each Season: 1.5
  • Chance of Humidity: 0.5

Precipitation & Snow:

  • Difference between the Historical Average Precipitation & Ideal Precipitation for Each Season: 1.5
  • Difference between the Historical Average Chance of Snow Day & Ideal Chance of Snow Day for Each Season: 0.5

Sky Conditions:

  • 0.3* Chance of Partly Cloudy + 0.7* Chance of Sunny Day: 3

Poor Weather Conditions:

  • Difference between the Historical Average Chance of Fog Day & Ideal Chance of Fog Day for Each Season: 0.5
  • Chance of Windy Day: 1

Extreme Weather:

  • Chance of Hail Day: 0.5
  • Chance of Tornado Day: 1.5

For certain metrics, it was necessary to define ideal values, and we used the following numbers:

 Mild Weather WinterSpringSummerFall
Temperature (°F) 72   45 65 80 65
Precipitation (inch)* 0   0.07 0 0 0.08
Chance of Snow (%) 0   7 0 0 0
Chance of Fog (%) 0   5 0 0 5

*Note: For precipitation, the numbers represent the daily average.

Source: Data used to create these rankings is courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center and the Weather Underground.

 
 
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