More than 200 days a year have at least some sun, with 118 fully clear days on average, which means there are plenty of ideal days to visit attractions along the Mississippi River or hit up popular outdoor attractions like the Memphis Zoo, Shelby Farms Park or Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park to the north of the city. Located in the northwestern portion of South Carolina, Greenville enjoys milder weather partly due to its proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
With a population of 329,839 residents, Spartanburg is the smallest metro area on this list of the Best Places to Live for the Weather. Still, there’s no shortage of good days to visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, or drive a little outside the metro area to visit Bank head National Forest or Balladeer National Forest, which are both roughly an hour’s drive from the city.
In Modesto, you can expect an average of 82 days each year above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 261 with clear or partly cloudy skies. Similar in population size to Modesto, neighboring Stockton also makes the list for its few cold days and plenty of sun.
San Juan’s location in the Caribbean means it has an elevated risk of storms during hurricane season. But those storms certainly aren’t the whole story, as the San Juan area averages 276 clear or partly cloudy days annually.
This popular tourist destination in coastal South Carolina doesn’t reach above 90 degrees more than 44 days a year, on average. Myrtle Beach is the fastest-growing metro area on the Best Places to Live list, having increased in population by 14.27% between 2014 and 2018 due to net migration alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
This Arkansas metro area has roughly 30 more cold and hot days per year than Myrtle Beach, but the weather extremes balance each other out. Additionally, Fayetteville sees three more clear or partly cloudy days per year on average.
If you like the idea of getting out into nature in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville could be the perfect place to make your home base. Atlanta gets some cool nights and a fair share of hot days, but those almost completely cancel each other out across an entire year.
Tulsa's residents enjoy, on average, 230 clear or partly cloudy days per year. While Oklahoma City experiences plenty of cold nights and hot days, a near-even balance between the two makes either extreme seem more tolerable for a full year.
A clear day will also make it easy to see far distances in this flat part of the country. Not the only Local metro area on the list, Los Angeles averages just 103 cloudy days per year.
With no nights of freezing temperatures and 21 days over 90 degrees, on average, the City of Angels makes for a great place to enjoy warm weather without extremes. An average of 116 days throughout the year are partly cloudy, which frequently burn off in the morning for clear afternoons, which is characteristic of the area.
Since it's known for rolling fog, San Francisco ranking high on the list may come as a surprise. And with just 102 cloudy days per year on average, you’ll be spending plenty of time at the beach enjoying the blue skies and sunshine.
With an average of 267 clear or partly cloudy days, Salinas has just 98 days throughout the year that are cloudy, which makes for ideal weather for visiting the beaches, marine reserves and parks along Monterey Bay. A little northwest of Los Angeles along the California coast, Santa Barbara benefits from beach breezes and the beauty of Los Padres National Forest, located directly north of the metro area.
A move to the Seacoast may bring you closer to family, give you access to the right job or simply fit the vibe you're looking for. But the Seacoast is diverse, so you'll have plenty of choices among seaside locales, bustling urban centers, places that provide Southern charm and towns known for their fall colors.
Best Places 2020-2021 Rank: 117 Metro Population: 2,793,250 Median Home Price: $247,533 Average Annual Salary: $57,740 While the metro area had positive population growth between 2014 and 2018, it grew by just 0.07% during that time due to net migration, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Best Places 2020-2021 Rank: 106 Metro Population: 444,014 Median Home Price: $171,292 Average Annual Salary: $46,930 York is one of the inland metro areas on this list, but it’s still less than 100 miles to the ocean and closest to the upper Chesapeake Bay.
Best Places 2020-2021 Rank: 99 Metro Population: 1,722,001 Median Home Price: $225,025 Average Annual Salary: $48,450 The popular beach destination receives its highest score for desirability, based on a SurveyMonkey survey that asked about 3,000 U.S. residents where they would prefer to live, given the choice.
Best Places 2020-2021 Rank: 98 Metro Population: 630,275 Median Home Price: $210,708 Average Annual Salary: $52,540 A bonus: The average morning commute for Springfield residents is just 22.8 minutes, allowing locals to spend more time at home.
Best Places 2020-2021 Rank: 96 Metro Population: 416,642 Median Home Price: $154,092 Average Annual Salary: $48,480 1 spot for proximity to quality health care, based on information from the U.S. News Best Hospitals ranking.
Best Places 2020-2021 Rank: 90 Metro Population: 399,013 Median Home Price: $238,342 Average Annual Salary: $43,170 On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Salisbury sits in the center of the peninsula, with short drives that take you to either the Chesapeake Bay to the west or the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
Best Places 2020-2021 Rank: 42 Metro Population: 759,247 Median Home Price: $253,325 Average Annual Salary: $46,200 Charleston is a popular choice for those seeking an Seacoast locale with warm weather, beach options, history and culture.
Best Places 2020-2021 Rank: 28 Metro Population: 576,808 Median Home Price: $207,417 Average Annual Salary: $48,940 In addition, Melbourne continues to experience rapid population growth due to net migration, with the area growing by 7.89% between 2014 and 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Myrtle Beach’s rapid growth, combined with high desirability, are the biggest factors contributing to the metro area jumping from No. It also scores high for resident happiness based on the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index and for low rates of property crime and murder.