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Old 01-14-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY (By the way of Seattle)
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So far, I have been considering Texas, New Mexico and Tenesee.
Out of those, I would go with New Mexico, but that's only because I can't stand humidity.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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Out of those, I would go with New Mexico, but that's only because I can't stand humidity.
I've so considered NM, but it ranks so high on our country's states in crime. Ugh!
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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You won't find any climate in the U.S. that is both a desert climate AND is consistently 60-90 or so. It simply doesn't work like that. Deserts are characterized by wide swings in Temperatures, between summer highs and winter lows, generally more than 60 degrees, up to almost 80 degrees.

Check out these cities average july highs and january lows

City July High January Low
Las Vegas 104 28
Phoenix 107 43
Tucson 101 42
Palm Springs 107 42
El Paso 95 31
Las Cruces 94 26
St George 102 26
Sierra Vista 92 34
Grand Jct 92 16
Salt Lake 91 21
Reno 91 22
Denver 88 16

As you can see, in a dry climate, temperature swings are fairly constant. somwhere in the range of 60-75 degrees between average summer highs and average winter lows. Places with warm winters will have hot summers (e.g., Phoenix) and places with cooler summers will have cold winters (e.g., Denver).

The closest true desert climate to your requirement is probably Sierra Vista, Arizona, where summers are 92 degrees and winters above freezing at 34 -- nowhere near 60 of course, but as I said, that requirement (30 degree swing) is impossible in a desert at the latitudes of the United States.

Many of the places mentioned so far by other posters are not arid climates. I know Texans think that the central part of their state is not humid. Compared to swampy Houston, it isn't. But, those of us who have grown up in a dry climate think differently. Even the panhandle of Texas does have times of the year that is humid. That said, far western Texas (west of the Pecos) is indeed arid. The same thing could be said for the coast of California. It is most certainly not an arid climate except during rare periods, though few would deny that San Diego does have an pleasant climate, just not an arid climate.
That's wrong. Coastal California is both dry and mild.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:47 PM
 
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OK. here ya' go. California is only worth it if you can afford to live by the coast 10 miles max east. Otherwise it feels like desert most of the time and then you might as well live in Phoenix or Las Vegas or New Mexico. All of which have low humidity. Now, be careful what you want. The low humidity is worse for your skin, you age a lot faster. In simple terms, your skin wrinkles, your lips chap but OTOH your clothes can dry in 30 min without a dryer if you hang them.

Ask anybody living in Phoenix, Denver (winters mainly), or Las Vegas (not sure about New Mexico but it is the same climate). They will go through bottles of moisturizer and chapstick like a person who buys water & supplies before a hurricane.

L.A. does get humid. In the past 2 years during summer, it was 90 degrees and had forecasts for rain (which ended up being sprinkles) but it does happen. And Sept. to Nov. becomes the dry dry season, low dry humidity (more chapstick and lotion and chance of fires. You've probably heard about the San Diego fires a few years back where some families were caught in and passed. Yes, those uninhibited hills in San Diego (mostly brown..how is that spectacular..c'mon, I prefer the greener east coast) do have fires periodically, but mainly inland about 15 miles which is where you don't want to be. On a side note, I have never seen so many home-challenged people anywhere as San Diego when I was in town. I do still like San Diego though. Although, it felt too relaxed and lacked a business atmosphere. It is a surfer and college town though.

I do not know where a comfortable mix is that does not give you a trade-off except for California's coastal areas. It's never really too hot, too cold or dry. You just chill in some relaxed weather but it is expensive. Gas is high so you just drive less or live close to your job. Oregon and Washington should fit comfortable chart too except they will be colder in the winter times.

Dallas, specifically north Dallas is pretty cool but summers I have never experienced but di see the temp readings and 100 plus some humidity is not for me. If SW Florida at 95 was too much, then Texas at 100-105 with maybe 70% of the humidity of FL is still a no go. Darn weather. huh?
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:30 AM
 
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OK. here ya' go. California is only worth it if you can afford to live by the coast 10 miles max east. Otherwise it feels like desert most of the time and then you might as well live in Phoenix or Las Vegas or New Mexico.
Not true, Sacramento is 85+ miles from the Coast. It is not a desert, nor does it feel like one. Lot's of trees, rivers, and lakes. It's humidity is near perfect in Summer - 10-30% with low dew points, neither too dry, nor too humid. It's average high temps average 90 over the summer with significant comfortable cooling in the evening and night, often 25-35 degrees cooling with cooling winds.

Sacramento benefits greatly by being in the direct path of the Bay-Delta where there is a gap in the Coast Mountain Range which allows the "cold" Nor*Cal winds, "cold" Humidity (Nor*Cal coastal fog) to make a significant difference in how it experiences its summers compared to the Southern Central Valley(Fresno/Bakersfield), or the Southwest(Phoenix/Tuscon), or high humid areas that dominate The South, Midwest, Florida, and The East Coast.

SAC gets a bad gap because it is compared to SF and the coastal Bay Area which is one of the coolest-mildest in the nation in the summer. It will be 60, and foggy in SF, when it is 92 in Sacramento with 15% humidity, by early morning it will 58 in Sacramento, typical summer pattern for SAC.

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I do not know where a comfortable mix is that does not give you a trade-off except for California's coastal areas.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Out of those, I would go with New Mexico, but that's only because I can't stand humidity.
Crime in NM is overblown. In Albuquerque or some of the NM "Spanish" towns there's some cholo stuff going on but that doesn't really ever cross your path if you're not mixed up in gang/drug/etc.things in the barrio. NM population is only 2 million but some of those bad neighborhoods make it seem worse statistically.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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Ok, I need some advice here..

I left western NY cuz it was too cold and humid, not to mention cloudy and expensive..
moved to Tucson, AZ and it was alright except for a few issues..loved the sunshine!..
during a brief period of insanity I moved to central florida and after almost 5 years I HAVE to get out of here!! Six months of sweltering heat/freezing in AC is horrible! I DO enjoy the green however and want something in between the two, and that brings me to Texas but its been having record heat and fires...
My biggest obstacle is my VERY limited income....but the COL is MUCH lower out west..

I have fibromyalgia and cant handle the cold or humidity..so am I asking for too much?
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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I came across this post looking for a beach with low humidity LOL!!! Anyway, Reno Nevada has exactly what you want. Friendly people warm climate spring, summer, fall. Yes there is a winter but it does warm up during that time too. Lake Tahoe just up the mountain with tons of outdoor recreation. I miss living there so much but have to now live in Laramie Wy. where my husbands job can support us. Don't know if you're still looking just thought I'd answer.
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:50 PM
 
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Don't pick Hawaii...it is hot, humid, and the bugs are horrific...giant flying roaches, medium sized flying roaches (they just fly around your place going from stove to sink to trash to your freaking pillow...people have pet chickens just to eat the ones outside...****(roach) a doodle doo! (a local joke).

I'm from Tracy, California, and while it is an hour from the shore, it has a much dryer climate than the central and Bay Area coasts. It has lakes and is close to Tahoe for Winter and Summer sports.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:15 PM
 
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Based on your preferences: Las Vegas, Nevada

If you want a welcoming state, California is way more welcoming and laid-back than Texas. Trust me, I know. I've been to California and I'm moving to Los Angeles in a few months. But I'd say Las Vegas is probably the best choice for you. It gets hot in the summer, but the winters are very short and mild and Las Vegas has the lowest average humidity of any major city in the United States. Plus, besides having world-class casinos and entertainment right at your doorstep, the Las Vegas Valley offers you some of the best outdoor activities, including hiking and mountain biking, as well as scenic tours of Red Rock Canyon, the Spring Mountains, and the beautiful Mojave Desert. Also, Las Vegas is a pretty inexpensive city to live in. And if you ever want to go to the beach for a day, Los Angeles is just a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas. If you want warm weather, low humidity year-round, and affordable living, Las Vegas should be your number one choice.

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