The Best States to Live In With the Mildest Winters

Temperatures, on average, remain in the 70s in Honolulu, Hawaii, year-round.
Temperatures, on average, remain in the 70s in Honolulu, Hawaii, year-round. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

In the United States, average state-wide winter temperatures vary anywhere from 7.9 degrees Fahrenheit in North Dakota to just below 60 degrees Fahrenheit in Florida. For those seeking warm winter temperatures, there are states across the United States that also offer excellent education, have fairly low unemployment rates, and have programs that promote healthy living.


A 2005 report had Virginia as the seventh smartest state in the United States. Besides education, the same report claims that Virginia was the 17th healthiest state. Unemployment in Virginia was as low as 3.9 percent, the 35th lowest rate in the United States. Temperatures throughout the year are relatively mild in Virginia. Averages between 1971 and 2000 were never below freezing during the winter. The coldest month is January at an average of 34.48 degrees Fahrenheit.


Residents in Hawaii have the luxury of enjoying warm weather throughout the year. The temperature in Honolulu, the state’s capitol, only varies 6 degrees Fahrenheit between February, the coldest month, and August, Hawaii’s warmest month. Temperature in Honolulu in February averages around 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Besides temperature, Hawaii was considered the eighth healthiest state in the country in 2005. Unemployment in Hawaii was the lowest in the entire country at only 2.6 percent during 2005.


California residents enjoyed relatively mild winters between 1971 and 2000. During these years, the average temperature for December, California’s coldest month, was only 44.98 degrees Fahrenheit. California held the spot for 18th healthiest state in 2005. Unfortunately, education is not a shining point and unemployment was high in 2005.


Florida residents rarely see freezing temperatures. Their coldest time of year is typically January, where temperatures averaged around 58.09 degrees Fahrenheit between 1971 and 2000. Besides temperature, economic opportunities are promising in Florida. In fact, only 3.1 percent of the population was unemployed in 2005, making it the state with the fourth highest employment.

Florida has exceptional employment rates.
Florida has exceptional employment rates. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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