11 Best Places to Live with Chronic Pain (2022)

Places to live with chronic pain

Having to live with chronic pain is no walk in the park. Whether you have a high pain tolerance or not, sooner or later, you come to realize that this constant pain can affect both your mood and your lifestyle in very negative ways.

I know wherein I speak- I fractured my spine in 2007, and although 14 years have passed since then, my back pain has never truly gone away. 

Every year, I find myself thinking more and more about how the climate in my native Illinois (translation: tundra-like conditions 8 out of 12 months of the year) is not ideal for chronic pain. 

Fortunately, however, I’ve traveled extensively worldwide and experienced relief for my chronic pain firsthand in specific places.

So today, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the 11 best places to live with chronic pain based on climate, barometric pressure, and humidity index analyses.

Enjoy!

Climate & Barometric Pressure Pain as Scoring Factors

For this article, I talk about the climate and barometric pressure of all locations and use those variables as scoring factors.

Although studies are inconclusive regarding whether or not climate and barometric pressure are indeed factors in chronic pain flare-ups, WebMD talks about some standing theories about barometric pressure pain that could very well be valid. 

According to them, it is speculated that if the cartilage that cushions bones inside a joint is worn away, nerves in the exposed bones could detect changes in pressure.

It is also possible that changes in barometric pressure could make tendons, muscles, and any scar tissue expand and contract, which specifically creates pain in joint areas already affected by arthritis. (WebMD)

I’m not a scientist, so I can neither prove nor disprove the theory that weather and changes in barometric pressure contribute to chronic pain.

But I think we’ve all had elderly relatives who claim they can “feel a storm coming in their joints” because of the rise in barometric pressure that accompanies the drop in temperature just before a storm.

Unfortunately, I already count myself among that demographic.

Therefore, I felt the barometric pressure and average temperatures were essential variables to analyze for the best places to live with chronic pain.

Best Places to Live with Chronic Pain

1) Palm Springs, California

View of downtown Palm Springs

The first stop on our chronic pain-free living tour is sunny Palm Springs, California!

I don’t use the word “sunny” lightly, even if I did grow up in the Midwest…but in this case, Palm Springs deserves the title due to its average of 360 days of sunlight per year.

Located 107 miles east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a resort town nestled in the Colorado Desert’s Coachella Valley.

It’s a well-known retreat for snowbirds and retirees who flock there to take advantage of its lush green golf courses, breathtaking views of the San Jacinto mountains, and world-class dining options. 

I haven’t seen Palm Springs on any other list of the best places to live with chronic pain, but I’ve been going there for over 20 years now.

And every time I’m there, my back pain (as well as the other expected aches and pains that come with being 6’6) seems to vanish in the warm, arid desert climate.

Not convinced yet? Let’s take a look at the stats!

Humidity

On average, the least humid month is June (13.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (30.2%).

(Source: Champion Traveler)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in Palm Springs over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 29.91 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in Palm Springs

Duration of Hot Season: 3.5 months (June 7 to September 20)

Average Daily High Temperature of Hot Season: 99°F or higher

Hottest Month of the Year in Palm Springs: July (average high of 106°F and an average low of 78°F)

Duration of Cool Season: 3 months (November 20 to February 28)

Average Daily High Temperature of Cool Season: 75°F or lower

Coldest Month of the Year in Palm Springs: December (average low of 46°F and a high of 69°F)

Source: Weather Spark

2) Sedona, Arizona

Sedona's red mesa formations in desert

Next up is Sedona, Arizona. 

Located 116 miles north of Phoenix, Sedona is the pride of the Vera Verde Valley.

With its iconic red sandstone formations, resorts, and spas, Sedona is a dream destination for anyone looking to enjoy an arid climate that’s devoid of chronic pain. 

I’m not the spiritual nature-loving type, but when I spent a week in Sedona a year after my back injury, I felt a sense of spiritual (and physical) peace I had not felt before or since.

It was like my pain had disappeared for the duration of that trip, and I definitely attribute this to the warm, dry climate.

The low barometric pressure helped as well!

Humidity

The month with the highest relative humidity in Sedona is January (62%). The month with the lowest relative humidity is June (24%).

(Source: Weather-US)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in Sedona over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 30.05 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in Sedona

Duration of Hot Season: 3.4 months (June 2 to September 14)

Average Daily High Temperature of Hot Season: 86°F or higher 

Hottest Month of the Year in Sedona: July (average high of 93°F and low of 69°F)

Duration of Cold Season: 3.4 months (November 21 to March 2) 

Average Daily High Temperature of Cold Season: Below 62°F

Coldest Month of the Year in Sedona: December (average low of 36°F and high of 55°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

3) Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu's Waikiki Beach

Now we say “aloha” to the sun-kissed beaches and clear blue oceans of Oahu!

The third-largest of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu is home to Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Waikiki Beach, and the internationally popular surfing hotspot known as “The North Shore.”

It doesn’t get any more relaxing than this for those suffering from chronic pain. 

Humidity

The average annual relative humidity is 60%, and average monthly relative humidity ranges from 57% in September to 64% in January.

(Source: oahu.climatetemps.com)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in Oahu over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 30.00 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in Oahu

Hot Season Duration: 3.6 months (June 25 to October 13)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Hot Season: 86°F or higher 

Hottest Month of the Year in O‘ahu: August (average high of 88°F and low of 76°F)

Cool Season Duration: 3.6 months (December 11 to March 30)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Cold Season: 81°F or lower

Coldest Month of the Year in Oahu: January (average low of 67°F and high of 80°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

4) Daytona Beach, Florida

View of Daytona Beach

Once considered the mecca of automobile testing and racing, Daytona Beach remains a vibrant hotspot for tourists and locals alike.

Whether it’s enjoying the annual Daytona 500 NASCAR race at the Daytona Speedway or the 23 miles of the beautiful coastline of the famous Daytona Beach, there’s something for everyone.

Humidity

The average annual relative humidity is 71%. The month with the highest relative humidity is August (79.87%). The month with the lowest relative humidity is April (64.41%).

(Source: climate-data.org)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in Daytona Beach over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 30.04 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in Daytona Beach

Hot Season Duration: 3.9 months (May 27 to September 24)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Hot Season: 85°F or higher 

Hottest Month of the Year in Daytona Beach: August (average high of 88°F and low of 75°F)

Cool Season Duration: 2.9 months (December 5 to March 2) 

Average Daily High Temperature in the Cool Season: 72°F or lower

Coldest Month of the Year in Daytona Beach: January (average low of 50°F and average high of 68°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

5) San Diego, California

San Diego's Gaslamp District

If it’s an adventure you’re looking for, the warm, inviting climate of San Diego might be for you!

In addition to having drier winters and summers than its classified Mediterranean Climate counterparts, San Diego is full of fun things to do and experience.

The San Diego Zoo, mile-long beaches, and vibrant nightlife are just a few things that truly make this great city tick. 

Humidity

The average annual relative humidity of San Diego is 73%. The month with the highest relative humidity is July (76.82%). The month with the lowest relative humidity is November (68.85%).

(Source: Weather-US)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure in San Diego, the average barometric pressure in the last ten years came out to 29.96 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in San Diego

Hot Season Duration: 2.8 months (July 10 to October 4) 

Average Daily High Temperature in the Hot Season: 75°F or higher 

Hottest Month of the Year in San Diego: August (average high of 77°F and low of 68°F)

Cool Season Duration: 4.1 months (November 29 to April 2)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Cool Season: 67°F or lower

Coldest Month of the Year in San Diego: December (average low of 51°F and high of 65°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

6) Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas welcome sign

Known as “Sin City” and “America’s Playground,” Las Vegas boasts a variety of fun things to do.

If you’re not into gambling or the club scene, you can still enjoy yourself in the warm desert climate and take advantage of other cool happenings Vegas has to offer- not to mention the beautiful natural scenery outside of the city. 

Humidity

The month with the highest relative humidity in Las Vegas is December (42.25%). The month with the lowest relative humidity is June (11.95 %).

(Source: Weather-US)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in Las Vegas over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 29.92 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in Las Vegas

Hot Season Duration: 3.4 months (June 3 to September 16) 

Average Daily High Temperature in the Hot Season: 95°F or above

Hottest Month of the Year in Las Vegas: July (average high of 104°F and low of 80°F)

Cool Season Duration: 3.2 months (November 19 to February 24) 

Average Daily High Temperature in the Cool Season: 66°F or below

Coldest Month of the Year in Las Vegas: December (average low of 39°F and high of 58°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

7) San Jose, California

Aerial view of San Jose

San Jose is known as the capital of “Silicon Valley”- a large tract of land housing the companies of the tech geniuses of tomorrow.

Among other fun things to experience are the world-class shopping and dining at Santana Row and the Winchester Mystery House.

Humidity

The month with the highest relative humidity is March (73%). Months with the lowest relative humidity are July and September (60%).

(Source: Weather-US)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in San Jose over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 29.99 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in San Jose

Warm Season Duration: 4.1 months (June 6 to October 11)

Average Daily Temperature in the Hot Season: 78°F or higher

Hottest Month of the Year in San Jose: July (average high of 82°F and low of 60°F)

Cool Season Duration: 2.7 months (November 26 to February 18)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Cool Season: 63°F or below

Coldest Month of the Year in San Jose: December (average low of 44°F and high of 60°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

8) Asheville, North Carolina

View of downtown Asheville

Asheville is a happening southern city located within North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for its many breweries, as well as its fantastic eateries and vibrant art scene.

It’s also a bonus that Asheville’s economy is supported largely by its healthcare industry, so treatment for chronic pain is not difficult to find.

Humidity

The least humid month is February (50.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (69%).

(Source: Weather-US)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in Asheville over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 30.06 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in Asheville

Warm Season Duration: 3.8 months (May 24 to September 17)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Warm Season: 76°F or higher

Hottest Month of the Year in Asheville: July (average high of 82°F and average low of 64°F)

Cold Season Duration: 3 months (November 30 to February 28)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Cold Season: 54°F or below

Coldest Month of the Year in Asheville: January (average low of 29°F and average high of 47°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

9) Phoenix, Arizona

Downtown Phoenix area

Like the immortal mythical bird that is reborn from its ashes, the city of Phoenix is possessed with endless energy that enables its booming hub of art, culture, and good times to thrive.

In Phoenix, you can expect mostly sunny days, picturesque hiking trails, and bustling nightlife. The renowned Mayo Clinic is also located in Phoenix, so another bonus point there.

Humidity

The month with the highest relative humidity is December (43%). The month with the lowest relative humidity is June (16%).

(Source: Weather-US)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in Phoenix over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 29.94 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in Phoenix

Hot Season Duration: 3.7 months (May 29 to September 20)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Hot Season: 98°F or above

Hottest Month of the Year in Phoenix: July (average high of 106°F and low of 85°F)

Cool Season Duration: 3.2 months (November 21 to February 26)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Cool Season: 74°F or below

Coldest Month of the Year in Phoenix: December (average low of 46°F and average high of 66°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

10) El Paso, Texas

El Paso is often overlooked because it doesn’t have the glamour of some other destinations.

However, the amazing Tex-Mex Cuisine, 305 days of sunlight per year, and very affordable living options are what makes El Paso great.

Humidity

The average annual relative humidity is 32.3% and average monthly relative humidity ranges from 22% in May to 41% in December.

(Source: Weather-US)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in El Paso over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 29.95 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in El Paso

Hot Season Duration: 3.8 months (May 18 to September 11)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Hot Season: 89°F or above

Hottest Month of the Year in El Paso: June (average high of 96°F and average low of 70°F)

Cold Season Duration: 2.9 months (November 21 to February 17)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Cold Season: 66°F or below

Coldest Month of the Year in El Paso: December (average low of 35°F and average high of 59°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

11) Athens, Georgia

downtown Athens, Georgia

While most of the other good places to live with chronic pain tend to be more extreme in terms of temperature, you’ll find a good equilibrium in Athens, Georgia.

Chronic pain sufferers appreciate that its temperature rarely fluctuates. It might not be the warmest all the time, but those whose pain episodes are exacerbated by significant temperature changes will be spared.

Humidity

The month with the highest relative humidity is December (77%). Months with the lowest relative humidity are July, October, and November (72%).

(Source: Weather-US)

Barometric Pressure

Based on an analysis of barometric pressure levels in Athens over the last 10 years, the average barometric pressure came out to 30.05 in.

(Source: Weather WX)

Average Hot & Cold Season Temperatures in Athens, Georgia

Hot Season Duration: 3.7 months (May 25 to September 16)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Hot Season: 83°F or above

Hottest Month of the Year in Athens: July (average high of 90°F and average low of 71°F)

Cool Season Duration: 2.9 months (November 28 to February 26)

Average Daily High Temperature in the Cold Season: 61°F or below

Coldest Month of the Year in Athens: January (average low of 36°F and average high of 54°F)

(Source: Weather Spark)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What state has the best weather for arthritis?

No one state is suitable for all people living with arthritis. You should determine what triggers flare-ups (weather, barometric pressure, etc.) and decide based on this assessment.

What climate is best for chronic pain?

A consistent, temperate climate with little to no dramatic changes in the weather patterns is best for chronic pain. 

Does high humidity make arthritis worse?

Once humidity rises and barometric pressure drops (as is the case before storms), the fluid in the joints expands. If you have arthritis in a specific part of your body, it’s common to experience inflammation in that particular area.

Why does my knee hurt when it rains?

As soon as your body and joints register the rise in barometric pressure that’s typical of rainstorms, the fluid in your joints tends to swell, which causes irritation and inflammation and may explain knee pain on these occasions.