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Old 07-26-2014, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Humidity in CO varies: they do get some humid days and thunderstorms from the monsoon season, but generally it is a dry heat. However, I think people here are seriously underestimating CO heat. My dad's half-cousin lives in Denver, and says summers there get pretty hot, and 90F days or even hotter aren't all that uncommon. Plus, there, Idaho, and Utah all have cold and snowy winters that sometimes last into May. And also, Idaho and Utah (which many are bringing up here) are pretty hot in summer.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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We all know California has the best weather in the US but it is simply unaffordable for most people.
So I started to think, when I eventually retire, where would I want to live?

Somewhere with mild temperatures, no humidity, and no gloomy winters. Somewhere with a
decent population to warrant the usual amenities yet small enough not to have bad traffic.
Taking a wild guess I figure a population of about 100,000 would ensure most creature comforts
without paying the price with traffic. For mild temperatures, I figured summers that stayed under
90 degrees on average.

I nixed:

Boulder CO because houses are unaffordable. (700k for detached houses)
Boise and Billings because they average 90+ in the summer.
Smaller cities around Seattle or Portland because they are extremely gloomy for 8 months of the year.
Anywhere east of Rapid City/Fort Collins/Colorado Springs because of humid summers.

So far my list includes:
Colorado Springs, CO
Fort Collins, CO
Rapid City, SD
Spokane, WA

For this list of 4, it would seem that Colorado Springs and Fort Collins would
have the mildest temperatures with Spokane and Rapid City having significantly
colder winters.

So what do you think? Did I miss any affordable/smallish/mild weather cities?
And if so, would they beat Colorado Springs and Fort Collins for mild weather?
From an absolute view point there really is nothing mild about this climate. Denver averages 31 days above 90 F (CS has 15, Fort Collins has 19) and 157 days with a low below freezing (the same for CS, 146 for Fort Collins). Blizzards with 2+ feet of snow are definitely possible (especially in late autumn and the spring).

The Front Range cities are basically the Midwest sans the humidity, with warmer winter high temps, more sunshine, and a longer snow season. When I call it mild it is because highs below freezing in the winter aren't common (average high in Denver during the winter is in the mid 40s with a common range from the upper 30s to low 50s with outliers out of that range occasionally occurring).

What you want doesn't exist with your criteria....
Give up the affordability, get the mild climate, and deal with the gloom of Seattle or Portland;
Deal with the humidity and lack of a mild climate, but have the affordability and possibly no gloomy by moving to Texas or head further east and some place east of the Mississippi;
Get everything but affordability and move to California or Hawaii.
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:28 AM
 
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Small city is relative,i suppose.

Spokane and Spokane Valley, which run together, are over 300,000. The metro area, which includes, Spokane county and the Coeur d Alene Idaho area, is around 600,000.

Definitely four seasons, but extreme temperatures are rare and humidity is low.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:03 PM
 
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Prescott, AZ has become a haven for addicts. It's no longer a retirement community. Road widening has become the norm since the population has increased. Road widening has brought with it more accidents and more traffic.
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Old 01-18-2015, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Albuquerque

Mild and tons of sun, low humidity.

Summers mostly under 90F highs (July avg 90F, june and august both 87F)
^^^This.
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:02 PM
 
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Seattle has warmer summers than Eureka. Have you considered its suburbs? Also, Portland is sunnier than Seattle. Have you considered there? But it does have hotter summers/colder winters than Seattle since it is further inland.
If Eureka is too cold and gloomy, there's no way in heck he's going to make it in Seattle/Portland and their suburbs.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:06 AM
 
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Around here Asheville, NC & Greenville, SC have mild weather for most of the year. Summers can be a bit on the warm side, but this past year summer temps were in the 70s to some 80s. Calling for 60 degrees with 55% humidity here today. 64 in Greenville. Not bad for January.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:22 PM
 
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How the heck is Billings a mild weather city?
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:36 AM
 
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Default Affordable, temperate, non gloomy

I have been going through this thought process as well.
Pretty much the same criterion.
Has anyone thought about non US locations ?
I know this adds an extra component of Getting Health care.. etc
But Wondering if anyone has researched this and come up with anything ?
Thanks
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Old 03-31-2016, 04:19 PM
 
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I have been going through this thought process as well.
Pretty much the same criterion.
Has anyone thought about non US locations ?
I know this adds an extra component of Getting Health care.. etc
But Wondering if anyone has researched this and come up with anything ?
Thanks
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puebla_City#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuernavaca#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jo...a_Rica#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A...A9rida#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trujillo,_Peru#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arequipa#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iquique#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floria...3polis#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Palmas#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consta...public#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xichang#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agadir#Climate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochabamba#Climate
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