How Cozy is Your City? Here's the Latest Top 10 List
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No matter how strong your hometown pride is, as the temperatures drop and colder weather blankets the country this winter, some cities are simply considered cozier places to hunker down than others.
Whether you're a busy city-dweller on the East Coast or a laid-back resident in a West Coast town, the definition of cozy can hold many similarities. For the fourth consecutive year, the marketers of Honeywell Heaters and environmental researchers have set out to define coziness and have revealed this year's list of America's Coziest Cities.
"A lot of consideration went into determining how the definition of coziness is evolving. For some, a small town nestled in the mountains might be cozy, whereas to others, a city with historic architecture and quaint, winding streets may also be cozy. Central to these themes is the ability to find refuge from winter with warmth and creature comforts," said Dr. Ted Myatt, an environmental scientist who partnered with the marketers of Honeywell Heaters to help determine the list. "This year, we looked at cities located within close proximity to ski resorts and also urban centers with a higher number of tiny homes, both of which could be associated with cozy environments. For consistency with years past, we also looked at the number of specialty stores per capita in each city including coffee shops, bakeries, bed and breakfasts, and independent grocers."
The top ten America's Coziest Cities are as follows:
- Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, MA tops the charts this year as the coziest city in the US. With close proximity to a number of ski resorts in the Northeast, a high ranking for specialty stores per capita, and a high number of tiny homes, Boston is a great place to get cozy
- San Francisco, California
San Francisco, CA comes in at #2 on the 2016 Coziest Cities list. Known for its rolling hills and iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, this popular tourist destination is not far from skiing in Lake Tahoe and offers plenty of cozy specialty shops.
- Seattle, Washington
With great skiing nearby in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, plenty of cozy coffee shops and a number of tiny homes, Seattle claimed the #3 spot on this year’s Coziest Cities list. The birthplace of Starbucks and home to the iconic Space Needle, Seattle provides a lot of places to cozy up with the one you love.
- Albany, New York
Located 150 miles north of New York City is this year’s #4 coziest city, Albany, New York. Plenty of bed and breakfasts, shopping centers and skiing close by in the Catskills and the Adirondacks make Albany a great destination for all types of travelers.
- Portland, Oregon
Still holding a place in the top 5, Portland, Oregon is a wonderful place to experience art, music and mild winter temperatures. Nearby skiing in Bend, a large selection of coffee shops and a high number of tiny homes help Portland claim the #5 spot on this year’s Top 10 Coziest Cities list.
- Rochester, New York
New to the Top 10 Coziest Cities rankings this year is Rochester, New York. With an average snowfall of 93 inches per year, visitors can cozy up indoors in one of the city’s many coffee shops or book stores. There are also a number of bed and breakfasts and ski resorts in upstate New York.
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
A wide selection of specialty grocers and bakeries, great ice fishing and skiing options all around the state landed Minneapolis in the #7 spot on the Top 10 Coziest Cities list. This city was the flour mill capital of the world, with Pillsbury and General Mills still calling this beautiful city their home.
- Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California comes in as the 8th coziest city this year due to a high number of specialty grocers and coffee shops that offer warm, comforting food and drink. Skiing in the nearby Sierra Nevada’s and a number of parks and landmarks such as Sutter’s Fort and the Tower Bridge make Sacramento a great city to cozy up in.
- Denver, Colorado
With a high ranking for tiny homes, a number of specialty grocers and coffee shops, and great skiing in the nearby Rocky Mountains, Denver settles into the #9 spot on the Coziest Cities list. With mild winter temperatures, only 8 to 15 inches of annual precipitation and fast melting snow, visitors can take advantage of the golf courses and outdoor cafes almost all season long.
- Salt Lake City, Utah
At the foot of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains lies Salt Lake City, the 10th coziest city on this year’s list. During the winter, travelers can hit the slopes at one of three ski resorts in the area or visit the Utah Olympic Park, less than a 40 minute drive from downtown Salt Lake. Salt Lake is a great place to cozy up and enjoy the scenery.