For many Americans, particularly those looking for a place to retire, weather is a major role in the final decision. The ideal weather is, like many things, subjective — some people prefer the arctic winds, while other prefer heat and humidity. However, the vast majority of Americans would likely choose, given the option, weather that is not too hot or cold, not too wet or dry, and clear skies whenever possible.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association’s climate normals database, which calculates annual averages over the 30 year period from 1981 to 2010. To determine the cities with the best weather, we created an index of minimum, maximum, and average temperature, precipitation, cloud cover, wind, humidity, and more.
While many people would choose a warm climate over a freezing cold one, for many there are some climates that are just too hot. Cities like Phoenix, Arizona, where temperatures exceed 90°F about 170 days each year, are likely too hot for many people to live year-round.
We rewarded places with fewer rainy days per year, as most people prefer a precipitation-free, sunny day over rain or snow. We also penalized places that get too little precipitation, however, as an arid climate can hurt vegitation and lead to wildfires and water restrictions.