Summer is coming to an end, and Americans nationwide are looking back fondly at barbecues, beach trips, and basking in the sun. While some might be ready for cooler weather and all that it brings, others are dreading the return of winter. But what if summer didn’t have to end quite so soon? A new report analyzed cities across the country to find the best places for sun-seekers.
Cities were ranked based on a variety of factors, including the percentage of sunny days per year, access to beaches and parks, and average October temperatures. The number one place for endless summers? Las Vegas. It probably comes as no surprise the best cities for people looking to prolong their summer are all located in the southern U.S., with the majority in the Southwest. Rounding out the top three cities are Tucson, Virginia Beach, and El Paso. Other top places for summer lovers include Phoenix, Mesa, San Diego, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Tampa.
For those looking to avoid the sun, consider the Midwest: Columbus, Ohio, is the worst city for sun-seekers in the nation, followed by Indianapolis, Louisville, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Detroit and Milwaukee conclude the major Midwestern metros for the sun-avoidant, while the Pacific Northwest also lives up to its cloudy and rainy stereotype, with Portland and Seattle at 8 and 9, respectively. Finally, the Big Apple, New York City, is the 10th worst city for sun-seekers.
The Northeast and Midwest are places to avoid for the most part, but this makes sense: no one can claim that these regions boast mild winters. We suggest snowbirds migrate soon, lest the outside feels more like a freezer than a pleasant place to be. In fact, one study found that 1 in 2 Americans are considering moving to a new state in the future. So, whether you’re looking for a place where you can stay inside, watch football, and drink hot cocoa or a city to soak up the rays outdoors, there are plenty of places to escape the impending winter weather.