When you’re considering making a move to a new city, there are plenty of factors to take into consideration. Some factors that immediately spring to mind for most people include job opportunities, cost of living, crime rate, amenities, and location, among others. Without question, all of these things are important.
After all, uprooting your life and moving from one place to another is typically not a simple task. Most of us want to think it through, and to make a well-rounded and thoughtful decision. One factor that many people might not immediately consider, however, is the weather. It seems like such a simple thing on the surface, but in fact, it can make quite a difference in quality and enjoyment of life, depending upon one’s particular preferences.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the climate of the top 15 cities most popular within the LGBTQ community in the United States:
- Austin: Austin residents can expect very hot summers, short, yet cold winters, and pleasant fall and spring seasons, with the beauty of changing leaves in the fall, and blooming flowers in the spring. Throughout the year, the temperature in Austin can range from 43°F to 97°F. Austin receives an average of 34 inches of rain per year, and rarely ever receives any snow.
- Fort Lauderdale: Those who live in Fort Lauderdale can expect plenty of rain – 63 inches per year, on average, which is significantly higher than the United States average of 38 inches per year. The flip side of the coin is that residents can also expect plenty of sunshine – an average of 246 days per year, in fact. Summers in Fort Lauderdale are always hot and humid, with the high in July averaging around 90°F. Winters are very mild and pleasant, with lows dropping to an average of only 59°.
- New York City: Residents of New York City can expect to experience all four distinct seasons. Spring generally brings plenty of beautiful, budding blooms, light winds, and a decent amount of rain, with temperatures ranging from cool, to quite warm. Summers are usually hot and humid, with highs in July reaching an average of around 85°. Fall is crisp and chilly and offers the brightly changing colors of the leaves for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Winters can be very cold and often snowy, with lows in January averaging around 26°.
- Chicago: Chicago has what’s known as a “continental” climate. This means that it usually has cold and snowy winters, hot and humid summers, and mild and pleasant fall and spring weather. Residents can expect to experience lovely spring blooms and beautiful fall foliage. Often, the beauty of these two seasons alone is more than enough for many residents to compensate for the cold and cloudy winters. Chicago gets an average of 38 inches of rain and 35 inches of snow per year. The average high in July is 84°, and the average low in January is 19°.
- Minneapolis: Those who live in Minneapolis can expect warm and rainy summers, and cold windy and very snowy winters. Generally, Minneapolis is partly cloudy year-round and over the course of the year, the temperature varies from 9°F to 83°F. Those who live in Minneapolis can expect to experience the beauty of all four seasons, and if the cold and snowy winters can be tolerated the other three seasons of the year are quite pleasant.
- Phoenix: Phoenix has a desert climate. This means that it receives little annual rainfall and generally has low humidity. Temperatures during the day in Phoenix are high throughout the summer, in fact some of the hottest in the United States, with 107 days a year reaching a high of at least 100°. Winters are generally mild and fairly pleasant. Nighttime temperatures will often drop below freezing during the three coldest months of the year, but by the afternoon, the weather is usually warm and sunny again. Fall and spring are also pleasant, full of plenty of sunshine. Phoenix receives very little rainfall and almost no snow.
- Dallas: Dallas offers residents the experience of four distinct seasons each year. It typically has mild winters and very hot and humid summers. The hot and humid summers are balanced out, however, with mild and pleasant fall and spring seasons that offer beautiful vibrant wildflowers and brightly-colored changing leaves. The average daily low in Dallas is 57.1 °F and the average daily high in Dallas is 76.7 °F. Dallas receives approximately 37.1 inches of rain per year, and only very rarely ever sees snowfall.
- Palm Springs: If you love abundant sunshine, low humidity, and little rainfall, Palm Springs might be for you. Palm Springs is one of the sunniest cities in the United States, averaging more than 350 days a year on average. Those who are considering making a move to Palm Springs should be aware, however, that it can also get quite warm. In fact, in the summer, temperatures can reach over 100° in July. The trade-off is that the other three seasons a year are fairly mild and rarely cold or unpleasant. Palm Springs residents will experience no snow and very little rainfall each year.
- Seattle: The climate of Seattle is strongly influenced by the winds from the slopes of the nearby Cascade Mountains and the Fraser Valley. Seattle is well known for its rainfall, and not without good reason. Those who live in Seattle can expect 38 inches of rain per year on average, as well as the occasional snowfall. Summers are typically warm and dry. Over the course of the year, the temperature in Seattle typically varies from 37°F to 79°F.
- Las Vegas: Las Vegas has a subtropical hot desert climate. That’s simply an elaborate way of saying that residents can expect long and very hot summers, a warm, but not oppressively hot spring and fall, and a short winter with mild, pleasant days and cooler nights. Las Vegas offers residents and visitors alike plenty of sunshine throughout the year, with an average of 310 sunny days per year, which is significantly more than the national average. July is the hottest month, with an average daytime high of 104.2 °F. December is the year’s coolest month, with an average daytime high of 56.6 °F. Las Vegas is one of the sunniest and driest locations in North America.
- Los Angeles: Los Angeles has a Mediterranean climate, which generally means that year-round, it is a mild to hot, and mostly dry climate. Summer is almost always dry, while winter typically includes some amount of rainfall. The yearly average rainfall for Los Angeles is 16 inches, which is significantly less than the United States average of 38 inches. The high temperature in July in Los Angeles is around 84°F, and the average low in January is 46°F.
- San Francisco: When many think of San Francisco weather, they often first think of the fog for which it is famous. Indeed, the San Francisco Bay area does have plenty of fog as a result of the cold air currents that flow along the coast and into the bay. That current also acts as a natural air conditioner for the city, keeping the weather fairly cool year-round. As a result, those who typically think of California as having sunny and warm weather will find something a bit different in San Francisco. In fact, the high temperature in July in San Francisco averages out at around only 67°F, while the low in January is around 46°F. San Francisco receives slightly less than the national average for rainfall at around 25 inches per year, and almost no snow.
- Provincetown: Provincetown residents can typically expect pleasant and comfortable summers, where the temperature rarely exceeds 78°F on average. The trade-off for those warm and pleasant summers, however, is cold, wet and windy winters where the lows can average around 26°F and sometimes lower. For those who can endure the chilly winters, however, spring and fall are also very pleasant with spring promising beautiful blooming flowers and fall bringing the brightly colored leaves that New England is famous for. Provincetown receives slightly more than the average amount of rain each year at 48 inches and can often receive plenty of snow in the winter as well.
- Portland: Oregon is a city known for its natural beauty and the weather is no exception. Over the course of the year, the temperature in Portland can vary anywhere from 36°F to 84°F depending upon the season. Portland residents can expect short warm dry and sunny summers, and very pleasant and mild fall and spring weather as well. Winters can be cold wet and overcast, but the trade-off of the beautiful weather in the other three seasons is often well worth it. Portland residents can expect slightly more than the average amount of rainfall each year – about 43 inches on average, and very little snowfall.
- San Diego: San Diego is well-known for its sunshine and beautiful weather – and with good reason. In fact, San Diego boasts an average of 266 sunny days per year, which is significantly more than the national average. Weather is generally mild and pleasant year-round, with the low in January reaching only around 46°F and the July high averaging around 79°. San Diego also receives significantly less than the average amount of rainfall each year, with only 12 inches of rain and almost no snow. For those who enjoy mild, pleasant weather and sunshine year-round, San Diego may be the place for you.
Certainly, there is more to any city than its weather. You might be a person who loves warm weather but is willing to move to a cold and cloudy climate simply because you love the other things that the city offers so much. On the other hand, you may not be a fan of the heat and love the changing of the seasons so much that moving to a city without four seasons would be a deal-breaker for you in most cases. We are all different, and that’s wonderful.
The important thing, when you make any decision to move, however, is to be informed and to know what you want. A big part of making an informed and well-prepared move is choosing a realtor who knows and loves the city that you’re interested in. At www.gayrealestate.com, pairing members of the LGBTQ community with agents who can help them achieve their real estate dreams is our passion and our promise. We’re here for you. Contact us at any time.