Special Report

US Cities That Get the Most Sun

As autumn approaches, those still looking for a summer tan may find that the days begin to get shorter. In some of the sunnier parts of the country, however, sunbathers get more than two extra hours of strong sunshine on an average day.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the metropolitan statistical areas with the fewest hours of peak sun per day using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s North America Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS). A peak sun-hour is a period during which the intensity of sunlight exceeds 1,000 watts per square meter. 

The West and South receive, respectively, 4.8% and 4.7% more daily sunshine than the average nationwide, while the Northeast and Midwest receive 14.7% and 8.9% less. 

Of the 30 cities that get the most sun, 15 are in California, six are in Florida, five in Arizona, and two in Texas. Nevada and New Mexico are each home to one city. Many of the cities that get the most sun are also among the hottest cities in America and among places where weather is getting worse because of climate change.

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