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Compare city quality of life facts and figures for the top ranked Cool & Dry retirement cities.

Compare home prices, cost of living, air quality, medical care, water quality, demographics and more. Use the drop down box to make another city climate comparison.

  



Climate Comparison - Cool & Dry
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City Type
City Type Mountains, College Town Mountains, College Town Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town, State Capital Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town Mountains, State Capital na
Population (2016 est.)
Population (Current) 465,101 108,090 223,154 164,207 83,875 78,040
Population (1990) 281,140 83,312 125,738 87,758 55,859 49,272
Land Area (sq mi) 195 25 79 54 46 36
Persons Per Square Mile 2,385 4,324 2,825 3,041 1,823 2,151
Home Prices
2018 $309,702 $826,067 $269,930 $414,388 $325,122 $419,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '18) 58.9% 145.2% 76.0% 89.9% 32.1% 76.0%
Annual Appreciation ('17 to '18) 8.5% 8.6% 0.2% 5.4% -6.0% 6.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '18) 3.0% 5.8% 3.6% 4.1% 1.8% 3.8%
Big City Prices ('18) $450,000 $450,000 $322,000 $450,000 $209,000 $340,000
Bargain Index 56% 149% 68% 75% 126% 101%
Big City Denver Denver Salt Lake City Denver Albuquerque na
Monthly Rent $1,484 $2,056 $1,251 $1,609 $1,334 $1,495
Price/Rent Index 14.0 27.0 14.5 17.3 16.4 19.0
Cost of Living (2018)
Cost of Living 97% 162% 85% 111% 94% 109%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2017)
Good Days 77% 77% 66% 67% 93% 72%
Moderate Days 22% 21% 31% 30% 7% 25%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 1% 2% 2% 3% 0% 3%
Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2014)
Good 67% 65% 5% 44% 31% 36%
Threatened 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 33% 35% 95% 56% 69% 62%
Walkability
Walk Score® 36 58 40 36 40 45
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 0 miles 29 miles 0 miles 64 miles 64 miles 72 miles
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Recreation
National Parks 4 2 2 2 10 7
National Campgrounds 59 70 52 39 16 26
State Parks 6 7 2 5 2 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 8 4 7 3 4 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2016 3,526 85 682 488 117 346
2015 2,939 127 675 512 110 324
Gain ('15 to '16) 20% -33% 1% -5% 6% 6%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 35 29 35 30 44 37
White 78.8% 88.0% 89.0% 89.0% 78.9% 80.7%
Black or African American 6.3% 0.9% 1.5% 1.2% 1.0% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0% 0.4% 0.7% 0.6% 2.1% 0.8%
Asian 3.0% 4.7% 3.2% 2.9% 1.4% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.3% 0.1% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Other Race 5.5% 3.2% 2.5% 3.0% 12.8% 4.4%
Multiple Races 5.1% 2.6% 3.0% 3.1% 3.7% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 16.1% 8.7% 7.1% 10.1% 48.7% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $66,938 $92,930 $64,202 $73,687 $62,347 $69,596
Occupied Housing 93% 95% 93% 96% 86% 83%
Vacant Housing 7% 5% 7% 4% 14% 17%
Home Ownership 60% 48% 61% 55% 61% 55%
Persons Per Family 3.00 2.80 3.00 3.00 2.90 2.90
Taxes (2018)
Local and State 7.5% 7.5% 6.0% 7.5% 7.7% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 106 days 106 days 97 days 106 days 100 days 113 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Cool & Dry Cool & Dry Cool & Dry Cool & Dry Cool & Dry na
January Low Temp 14 F 19 F 22 F 15 F 16 F 27 F
July High Temp 81 F 87 F 88 F 86 F 86 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 22 in 20 in 19 in 16 in 14 in 35 in
Elevation 7,078 ft 5,484 ft 3,885 ft 5,004 ft 6,718 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Moderate Lower Moderate Lower Higher Moderate
Earthquake .5% .4% 8% .4% 9% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 0 0 0 0 10
Flood Very High Low Low Very High Moderate Very High
Tornado Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Very Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk Low Ash Fall No Risk Low Volcanic No Risk
Wildfire High High High High High Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 0 0 0 0 0 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2017)
Violent Crimes 49 23 31 30 48 40
Property Crimes 430 318 304 319 545 397
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 7,464 5,687 6,325 6,238 6,073 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 182 552 648 497 414 1,253
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