Yes, not too terribly hot and humid in the summers was also one of the criteria, why we ruled out places like Florida.
Sperling's best places is a good place to start, https://www.bestplaces.net/find/default.aspx
You can enter a city, town, zip code and come up with all kinds of metrics to compare them, cost of living index, lots of climate data, economy, crime rate, schools, etc etc,.
So I made up a spread sheet for this for easy comparison, looked at 18 cities/towns in AR, GA, KY, MO, NC, SC, TN, and VA that I had culled from various "best places to retire" "most affordable places to retire" etc lists, plus Cincinnati for comparison.
; pop 297K, frost free dates/days 4/19 - 10/17 (181); 44" rain, 20" snow, 176
** sunny days, av Jul hi 88, av Jan low 22, comfort index 41*, cost of living index below average 83.
*comfort index is a Sperling's metric for how hot and humid it is in the summer, higher is better. Chattanooga's was the highest/ best on my list
**this is terrible, by far the worst on my list; coming from sunny SoCal, this is one reason I have never been comfortable here.
; pop 170K, frost free dates/ days 4/1- 11/4 (217); 53" rain, 5" snow, 207 sunny days, July av hi 90, Jan av low 31, comfort index 46; attractions U. TN, TN River, pretty and hilly, sited in a bend in the river like Cinti. Appalachian Mtns.; cost of living index below average 88; Quakers: Chattanooga Friends Meeting.
Although I grew up near the ocean, we deliberately stayed away from it - sea levels rising, storms getting worse, the coast is not going to be a real good place to be.
We are 68. My partner grew up in NW OH and she always used to like the snow (unlike me). But we are getting older, she has bad knees, snow shoveling is getting harder for her, and my tolerance for all this cold/snow/ice, etc seems to be getting less as I get older. I really did hang on here for awhile thinking that global warming might fix some of it. But no such luck. The eastern seaboard is regularly getting pounded with excess snow because of cold air hitting warm oceans; mid west is getting this polar vortex thing because of warming Arctic:
The blockbuster snowstorms and frigid temperatures seen in much of the northern hemisphere during the past few winters are in part the result of global warming-related Arctic sea ice loss, according to a new study published Monday. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds clear links between the precipitous decline of Arctic sea ice and severe winter weather in Europe, Asia, and parts of the U.S. during the past several years.
https://www.climatecentral.org/news/warm ... s-study-sa
so the last couple winters are likely not a fluke, but a part of the new normal for awhile.
That cinched the get out of here decision!!