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As temperatures plummet, many Americans will be retreating indoors to stay warm and hunker down, but some U.S. cities may have a natural advantage over others.
This theory was the foundation of new research, commissioned by the makers of Honeywell Infrared Heaters, in partnership with a team of scientists at environmental consulting company Environmental Health and Engineering.
So where is the coziest place to live?
“Defining coziness is a relatively abstract task, but we were up for the challenge. We believe coziness is defined by a city’s overall comfort, ambiance and accessibility,” said Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, Environmental Health and Engineering.
“We synthesized a variety of city data across major metropolitan areas in the United States to calculate an overall ‘coziness’ score. 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.”
Based on this profile, below is a list of the top ten coziest U.S. cities:
1. Boston/Cambridge, Mass.
2. San Francisco, Calif.
3. Santa Fe
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Portland, Ore.
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