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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 College Town, Mountains College Town, Mountains Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town, State Capital Mountains, Lakes & Rivers, College Town Mountains, State Capital na
Population (2013 est.)
Population (Current) 103,166 439,886 214,237 152,061 69,976 74,624
Population (1990) 83,312 281,140 125,738 87,758 55,859 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 25 195 79 54 46 36
Persons Per Square Mile 4,127 2,256 2,712 2,816 1,521 2,065
Home Prices
2016 $739,067 $265,568 $252,781 $375,984 $345,889 $374,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '16) 119.3% 36.3% 64.8% 72.3% 40.5% 55.0%
Annual Appreciation ('15 to '16) 18.8% 7.0% 8.1% 11.7% 6.5% 4.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '16) 5.4% 2.1% 3.4% 3.7% 2.3% 3.0%
Big City Prices ('16) $382,000 $382,000 $282,000 $382,000 $189,000 $291,000
Bargain Index 157% 56% 73% 80% 148% 104%
Big City Denver Denver Salt Lake City Denver Albuquerque na
Monthly Rent $2,158 $1,409 $1,199 $1,507 $1,352 $1,471
Price/Rent Index 23.0 12.7 14.2 16.8 17.2 17.1
Cost of Living (2016)
Cost of Living 168% 96% 87% 111% 100% 110%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2015)
Good Days 77% 79% 68% 69% 95% 71%
Moderate Days 21% 21% 30% 28% 5% 25%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 2% 1% 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 65% 67% 5% 44% 31% 36%
Threatened 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 35% 33% 95% 56% 69% 62%
Walkability
Walk Score® 58 35 83 36 39 45
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 29 miles 0 miles 0 miles 64 miles 64 miles 72 miles
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Recreation
National Parks 2 4 2 2 10 7
National Campgrounds 70 59 52 39 16 26
State Parks 7 6 2 5 2 11
Medical Care (2016)
Accredited Hospitals 4 8 7 3 4 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2015 127 2,939 675 512 110 324
2014 104 2,594 467 745 161 312
Gain ('14 to '15) 22% 13% 45% -31% -32% 3%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 29 35 35 30 44 37
White 88.0% 78.8% 89.0% 89.0% 78.9% 80.7%
Black or African American 0.9% 6.3% 1.5% 1.2% 1.0% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4% 1.0% 0.7% 0.6% 2.1% 0.8%
Asian 4.7% 3.0% 3.2% 2.9% 1.4% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Other Race 3.2% 5.5% 2.5% 3.0% 12.8% 4.4%
Multiple Races 2.6% 5.1% 3.0% 3.1% 3.7% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 8.7% 16.1% 7.1% 10.1% 48.7% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $92,930 $66,938 $64,202 $73,687 $62,347 $69,596
Occupied Housing 95% 93% 93% 96% 86% 83%
Vacant Housing 5% 7% 7% 4% 14% 17%
Home Ownership 48% 60% 61% 55% 61% 55%
Persons Per Family 2.80 3.00 3.00 3.00 2.90 2.90
Taxes (2016)
Local and State 7.5% 7.5% 6.0% 7.5% 7.6% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 115 days 115 days 106 days 115 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 19 F 14 F 22 F 15 F 16 F 27 F
July High Temp 87 F 81 F 88 F 86 F 86 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 20 in 22 in 19 in 16 in 14 in 35 in
Elevation 5,484 ft 7,078 ft 3,885 ft 5,004 ft 6,718 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Lower Moderate Moderate Lower Higher Moderate
Earthquake .4% .5% 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 Low Very High Low Very High Moderate Very High
Tornado Very Low 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 (2001-2015)
Violent Crimes 23 48 31 31 50 40
Property Crimes 319 443 313 328 573 408
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 5,687 7,464 6,325 6,238 6,073 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 552 182 648 497 414 1,253
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