2015 came in with a bang: flu rates are up, winter storms are hitting everyone (including San Diego!) and commutes have slowed to a crawl. Every time around this year, a list comes out showing the best markets to avoid winter—but in reality, not everyone wants to move to Arizona. Many of us just want a little less snow or a little more sun. Others look forward to the slowed pace winter brings. (In January in Minnesota, no one protests when you say you won't be making it out for happy hour!)
So rather than telling you that your winter would be better spent in the tropics, we're leaving it up to you. In the below flow chart, we're letting you choose your own winter, based on—ahem—highly scientific qualifiers.
If moving across state lines seems a bit drastic, consider shuffling around within your state. Below, we outline the strongest and weakest winter markets in each state. To get our results, we compared the total rainfall and snowfall against the average number of sunny days annually. We also weighted in the comfort index, which takes humidity into account. All data was sourced from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.