Being neither too hot nor too cold or humid nor dry plays a large part in enjoying where you live, so we came up with the BestPlaces Comfort Index. This calculation system factors in components such as afternoon summer temperature and humidity to determine the places in the U.S. that are the most comfortable. With spring and summer coming, it’s a good time to consider how your location may impact the level of comfort you get to enjoy.
Known as the birthplace of surfing and one of the best getaway spots, Hawaii is at the very top of the list with an 8.7 rating for comfortability. Hawaii’s climate is definitely tropical but has moderate humidity and temperatures due to the impact of the north and eastern trade winds. Next comes California with a rating of 8.4. Famous for its cultural institutions and national parks, much of the state has a rather Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm, dry summers. New Mexico, with its own wine country, has a comfort index rating of 7.6 and a mild, semi arid continental climate known for light precipitation, low relative humidity, and sunny weather.
None of these places piquing your interest? Check out the list below for some of the other top rated states! A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 7. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.
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