While many places in the U.S. have mild winters and beautiful summers, most come with the unwanted effect of warm weather: humidity. Walking outdoors and instantly feeling heavy, sticky air weighing down is a sensation many people would like to avoid. Luckily, there are several places in the United States that are ranked low on the scale of humidity, but quite high when it comes to livability.
Las Vegas, Nevada
When it comes to humidity levels, Las Vegas tops the list -- in a good way. The city is continually ranked at #1 for lowest humidity in the United States, usually quoted as around 30%. Las Vegas is almost as well known for its desert climate as its lively entertainment and gaming industries. Despite the instant associations with casinos and showgirls, Las Vegas has been working in recent years to improve its reputation as a family-friendly, livable city.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City is known for being family-friendly and highly livable, consistently ranking high in surveys tracking residents' quality of life. Additionally, it offers an attractive climate, with the average humidity level hovering around 52% and relatively mild winters -- especially for the home of the 2006 Winter Olympics. The outlying areas offer hiking, skiing, and other abundant opportunities for outdoor activities. While it may be the stereotypical opposite to Las Vegas, Nevada, both are frequent favorites for the best, low-humidity places to live.
While the Southwestern United States is generally regarded as having the lowest levels of humidity, Denver holds it own. With annual humidity usually quoted at approximately 50%, Denver's mild climate and natural scenery makes it a very livable city. Although situated very close to the snow and skiing of the Rocky Mountains, its year-round climate is quite mild, and Denver is known for having sunshine nearly every day of the year. For those who do not like the idea of a desert environment, Denver is a low-humidity, high-altitude alternative.
Nestled in the Yakima Valley in South Central Washington, Yakima is the eighth largest city in the state of Washington. Its weather ranges from cold winters to hot summers, but its location in a rain shadow (the dry side of a mountain) gives the city 300 days of sunshine a year and an average relative humidity of approximately 50%. Surrounded by wine country, winter sports, and rich agricultural lands, Yakima is a slower-paced but scenic area to call home.