The 10 Coziest Cities in America Will Surprise You

Honeywell Heaters took into consideration use of heaters and fireplaces, plus walkability and historical ambiance to come up with this warm and cozy list.

Photo courtesy of Honeywell Heaters A recent survey of Americans from the makers of Honeywell Infrared Heaters found that 97 percent of respondents deemed their homes “cozy” due to comfortable furniture, inviting décor, warm colors and comfortable temperature.    

With bitter-cold temperatures plaguing much of the country, we’re a little concerned that publishing this article might start a mass exodus. Chances are, however, you’ll be just as surprised as we were to find which metros top Honeywell Heaters’ list of coziest cities.

Among the biggest surprises? The Southwestern desert cities are seriously underrepresented, and a prominent place in the frigid northeast, Boston, to be exact, is number one. And the first time a hot and steamy southern city appears on the list is New Orleans, at number nine, followed by Savannah in the tenth spot. So how did the researchers figure?

“We synthesized a variety of city data across major metropolitan areas in the United States to calculate an overall ‘coziness’ score,” said said Dr. Ted Myatt, of Environmental Health & Engineering, the company Honeywell Heaters partnered with to look into the subject. 

“We looked at criteria ranging from fireplace and portable heaters usage, access to parks and overall walkability to restaurants and coffee shops per capita, stressful lifestyle scores and historical ambiance.” 

Well that makes it obvious why Los Angeles didn’t make the list, despite it’s recent winter temperatures in the low ‘80s.

Based on this profile, check out the coziest cities in the U.S. in the gallery below.

Another recent survey of Americans from the makers of Honeywell Infrared Heaters found that 97 percent of respondents deemed their homes “cozy” due to comfortable furniture, inviting decor, warm colors and comfortable temperature. 

No matter where you live, the company responsible for the study suggests you create your own warm, cozy space with a Honeywell EnergySmart® Infrared Heater, which provides whole-room energy efficient heating. The portable heaters utilize infrared heating technology to provide a heat output of 5,200 BTUs without burning oxygen or humidity, which can cause rooms to feel dry. There's no need to suffer the record breaking cold.

 

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