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2015 Top Ten Coziest Cities

So where is the coziest place to live? Based on the criteria and expert ranking, below is a list of the top 10 coziest U.S. cities this year:

#10: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga rounds out the Top 10 Coziest Cities, ranking in the top 20 for number of book stores. With the mild winter weather, downtown revitalization and numerous outdoor activities, cozy is just another state of mind in this charming Southern city.

#9: Provo, Utah

Provo, UT is considered the cultural hub of the state, and takes cozy to a whole new level. Much like Spokane, winter temperatures in Provo are moderate, but plenty of snow makes for fun daytime activities and cozy nighttime enjoyment.

#8: Spokane, Washington

New to the rankings this year, Spokane, WA has moderate winter temperatures. Just south of the Canadian border, this city gets its fair share of snow, but the numerous bakeries and coffee shops make it easy to find a place to get cozy here.

#7: Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, RI comes in at #7 on the 2016 Coziest Cities list, due in large part to the many coffee shops and specialty grocers located here. Moderate winter temperatures and snowfall also make it easy to enjoy a stroll along the waterfront … with a steaming cup o’ joe and a fresh doughnut!  

#6: Santa Rosa, California

Nestled in California’s north coast wine country, Santa Rosa ranks in the top 10 for number of bakeries and book shops. The area also possesses a number of wineries, has close proximity to farms and forests, and mild temperatures with little to no chance for snow. It’s easy to see how a person could feel cozy here.

#5: Portland, Maine

Curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book and watch the snow fall as Portland, ME comes in as the 5th coziest city. While down a few spots from last year, this beautiful seaside city comes out on top for coffee shops per capita, as well as many quaint specialty grocers, book shops and top quality eateries and pubs.

#4: Portland, Oregon

Stop in and get cozy in one of the many coffee shops dotting Portland’s streets. Not only does this city rank in the top 10 for number of coffee shops per capita, but Portland is also known for its microbreweries, thriving art and music scenes, as well as mild winter temperatures.

#3: Salinas, California

Salinas, CA is new to the top 10 list this year. Nicknamed the “Salad Bowl of the World,” this agricultural city enjoys an abundance of bakeries, specialty stores and mild winter temperatures.

#2: Boston, Massachusetts

Record amounts of snow last year might have left many Bostonians feeling more cooped up than cozy, but the number of bakeries (think cannolis!), book shops, coffee shops, and specialty grocers per capita helps to propel Boston to cozy #2. 

#1: Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, NC tops the charts this year as the Coziest City in the U.S.! Offering a plethora of book stores for cuddling up with a good book, beautiful mountain views and moderate temperatures and snowfall, getting cozy in Asheville is an easy thing to do.