The Best Places to Live With Arthritis in the U.S. Updated

Update: We’ve received a lot of feedback on this post about places to live with arthritis and it’s apparently been very helpful for a lot of people. Thank you for all your input. We’ve revisited the post and made a couple of updates based on the discussions and feedback we’ve received. If you have any additional input, feedback, or advice, please share it in the comments and join the discussion!

Considerations When Choosing a Location

If you are suffering from arthritis or other joint pain, and are thinking about moving, there are a couple of key factors that you’ll want to consider before moving. There are obviously other great places to live if you have arthritis other than those listed below (we can’t cover every city and town in the country!), but there are some common factors in these cities that are important if you’re thinking about moving:

  1. Steady barometric pressure is critical. This translates to steady weather patterns. If you’re looking at places where the weather is constantly changing, daily mix of beautiful weather and thunderstorms, and other regular shifts, this is most often going to translate to a lot of extra pain.
  2. Warm, dry weather is helpful. Humidity and cold are often linked to higher levels of joint pain. Coastal areas are really nice, but they often come with higher humidity, and that needs to be taken into account – especially in more northern regions where cold is likely to come into play as well.
  3. Elevation can play a role as well. According to Brainlab, areas with higher elevation have less atmospheric pressure, meaning less pressure on your body, which leaves more room for tissue to expand and put pressure on your joints.

Important Information if You Have Joint Pain

Of course, at Flexcin we highly recommend a joint supplement if you’re suffering from arthritis as well. We’ve been helping people with joint pain for 20 years, and know the importance of a good joint supplement for relieving pain.* If you’d like to try Flexcin, we have a 100% money-back guarantee so there’s no risk to you (and we are extremely confident in its effectiveness). It’s the only joint supplement on the market that contains Cetyl Myristoleate (CM8 ®). CM8 was discovered by a researcher at the NIH. It has received multiple patents for arthritis relief (more info on CM8 here). You can read more about Flexcin here.

Below is our original post (with a few updates):

Phoenix Arizona best places to live with arthritis

Some theories suggest that if you find the perfect place to live with arthritis your symptoms may subside, or at least lie dormant. We know that environment alone can’t cure your arthritis, regardless of which type you have, but an ideal climate may help ease your symptoms. If you have arthritis and are retiring or considering relocating, keep the following list in mind as you choose locations.

1. San Diego, California

Who doesn’t love Cali? Overall, arthritis sufferers tend to prefer warm, dry climates. This may be because of how humidity and cold affect the joints. San Diego is a good option if you prefer to live near the sea and somewhere that has a lower level of barometric pressure. A warmer, dry climate may help with your pain levels and inflammation. Also, it may reduce the need for medication. The downside is that this area can wind up being pretty pricy.

2. Phoenix, Arizona

Even though Arizona is known to have a heavy rainy season in July and August, the area surrounding Phoenix is known for being a great place to live if you have arthritis. In Phoenix, the climate is warm and dry, and humidity is low. The air is clean and there is little fluctuation in barometric pressure. All of these characteristics make it a better environment for arthritis sufferers.

3. Denver, Colorado

Even though Denver has cold, snowy winters, the temperatures aren’t crazy high and snow is generally gone within 3 to 4 days of snowfall, especially in the fall when the ground is warm. The temperatures don’t increase dramatically in the summer months. Denver is a nice area because of its low humidity, less snowfall than the northeast, and the fact that it sits on a semi-arid plain. Just be careful with the altitude change. For some people, Denver has advantages and disadvantages for being one of the best places to live with arthritis.

4. Las Vegas, Nevada (Update – New!)

People know all about downtown Las Vegas, but the surrounding area outside of all the famous flash is one of the best places to live with arthritis. The weather is very steady, it’s warm and dry, and the elevation isn’t bad. Outside of knowing that you’re a short drive from great food and entertainment, another appealing element is the low cost of living. There are still a lot of affordable areas surrounding the city, which is helpful if your income is limited due to retirement.

4. West Texas (Update – New!)

Texas being so large has good and bad  – especially if you are unfamiliar with the state. Eastern cities on the gulf like Houston tend to have a lot of humidity. This is typically bad for joint pain. West Texas, however, is arid and much better for joint pain as is north Texas. The tradeoff is that the further north and west you go, the further you are from more of the major cities (with the exception of El Paso on the extreme western part of the state).

Many factors play into how arthritis symptoms affect your body including diet, climate, location of arthritis on the body, treatment plans, and exercise levels. Each of these impacting factors should be addressed. Changing location to one of the best places to live with arthritis cannot cure your arthritis. But it can aid in your overall treatment plan along with your doctor’s advice and taking a daily joint supplement.* If you aren’t sure which joint supplement is for you we can help.

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    1. I know you wrote this in 2016 but we lived in Arizona for 5 years and moved back to Michigan as I thought I missed Mi, I did not. Been back here 3 years and horrid pain from weather. I plan on moving back to AZ as it is wonderful for arthritis even during rainy season it’s nowhere near the pressure I feel on my joints here in Michigan. There absolutely should not be any question from educated minds Doctors in this country and scientist need to A. get with it B. Themselves move to Michigan with arthritis and stop questioning us who are living with it. I just can’t believe that there is controversy amongst these folks. Also, watch out for gimmick pills that say they will get you better. If not approved by the FDA than it’s garbage. Don’t fall for it. Narcotics like OxyContin should be taken off the market period. All OxyContin does is keep you in withdrawal until your next dose. Hope I not only help you but I have stopped all the controversy For those of you who believe in God, May God Bless You!!!

      1. I live in Arizona and indeed, the weather here is perfect for Rheumatoid Arthritis; The state here is boring, and was planning on relocating to Michigan, but after reading your comment – I am dismissing this option. At this point, I’m inclined to swing to California (although more expensive) – but too boring in Arizona. Too much desert! 🙂

        God bless you for writing your comment! I always admire brothers in faith who take time to share their experiences for all of us t learn from each other!

      2. Thanks and God bless U also. That’s the biggest problem today, not living the way of holiness. I’ve been giving help with my pain through my Lord, the most.

    1. Do it if you’re not easily getting bored. I had RA in New Jersey for 2 years, I moved to AZ – I’m all well. No jokeeee! but prepare to get bored of your live here!

    1. I live in Michigan as well. Michigan sucks for just about everything, especially arthritis. The summers here are humid, the winters are cold and damp. Colorado is far better. The reason is low barometric pressure. Colorado is also very dry, very little humidity. The air quality is better. The summers are delightful. Michigan cannot compare with Colorado.

      1. I live in Chicago been here for 30 years I don’t know why the h*** for. The weather sucks the summers very human and hot the The Winter is too cold and totally sucks. I love Las Vegas Weather and I am thinking of moving over there but I have a brother in Phoenix Arizona though And he want me to move to Arizona.

    2. Denver is horrific for individuals with arthritis, migraines, respiratory issues, etc. as a result of having some of the most frequent changes in barometric pressure in the United States, cold temperatures, air pollution, and the altitude. Altitude increases pressure on joints, tissue, and organs as a result of low air pressure. We are about to have a BP change on par with a Cat 2 hurricane and my body is creaming. The local weather people actually warned of the increase in pain with the approaching storm. I have lived here for 35 years and have been desperately trying to move per doctor’s orders as a result of impact on health. I feel much better in warmer climates, near the ocean, with lower humidity – California, Hawaii, Cabo. AZ was an option until air pollution became horrific. Unfortunately, these area are expensive and often come with bad air pollution. If respiratory issues are also a problem, stay away from the Phoenix and Vegas areas as it is as bad as Denver. I agree with those who have posted that the Midwest is worse than Colorado as you have the shifts in BP, humidity, and cold; however, Denver and anywhere along the Front Range are not good options, either. Plus, the cost of living has become the equivalent to LA, SF, and New York in the last few years as a result of our economy.

      1. Phoenix air is not bad! Also cost of living is average. Not at all like CA. And my arthritis is way better there. And an extra is that it is beautiful. Spend a lot of months there in the year and I love it!

    1. Move to a dry state (AZ, CA, NV, etc.). You’ll forget about RA. Trust me – I’m telling you this from experience.

    1. I live in Houston TX and would say this area is horrible for inflammation pain. When driving north I get around Tyler / Sherman Texas and start feeling relief in joints.

    2. I totally agree with Becky. I moved to Houston 21 years ago and I am always in pain / feeling like I have the flu / been hit by a truck. DO NOT MOVE TO HOUSTON! I feel that it is the location (on the gulf) and general geographic position that allows weather systems to swirl / hover and there are ALWAYS weather systems moving in. I feel awful most of the time here…trying to plan my escape…

    1. I had neck aches the year (was living in Texas ) before I moved to Phoenix. Discovered I had osteoarthritis in the neck. I had three flare ups in 2015. Once I moved to Phoenix, all the pain in my neck went away. Now and then I would have slight neck aches but nothing that would keep me up at night or was long lasting. I spent the 16 months relevantly pain free UNTIL I moved back to Texas because I missed my grown kids who live in Texas. The second week I moved back, that is when the pain came back-not only in my neck, but shoulder and wrist.

      I don’t want to move because I have friends and family here in Texas but the quality of my life has dramatically gone down. I no longer can do the walks, hikes, etc. that I used to do while living in Phoenix every week. It really has gotten me down.

    2. I have degenerated discs. Had severe pain while on Alaska cruise. Got back to Phoenix heat and felt better immediately. Air here is not clean as article states.

  1. I have done lots of reading and asked the opinions of many doctors. The consensus is that steady barometric pressure is the most important. This means a place that has steady weather patterns is good, regardless of temps or humidity or total rainfall. Low humidity and warmth , like that in the desert southwest , seems like a good choice, but be aware of elevation. Higher elevation means less air pressure on your body, which, contrary to your intuition, can actually increase pain. I live in Florida, near the atlantic coast , and summer is horrific because the weather fluctuates constantly. It can rain almost every afternoon, which obviously includes barometric pressure fluctuations. And when it really gets into a stormy pattern or hurricanes, forget it, im in total agony. In winter, or Halloween to Mayday, it can be wonderful . Like this past season, we had almost zero weather, in fact it didnt rain for months. It was warm calm and stable and I had the best stretch of low pain in years!!! This has inspired me to move to southern Arizona or Nevada. There can be long periods of extremely steady weather. Southern Cal is more expensive so I’m not considering there. Eastern Colorado is semi arid, semi steady. I have read that parts of Oregon and Washington state are desert like, semi arid, but like Colorado, they have winter. Cold temps lead to muscle spasm and pain for me so I would like to stay as far above 32°f. I may end up in Tucson. Apart from the monsoon season in august, this looks best for me. Elevation, latitude, humidity, steady barometer. Hope all this helped.

    1. hi, your post was very helpful. I am in the process of trying to move as well. I came up with Tucson then moved away from that due to all the crime complaints, then it was Vegas, then Phoenix and round and round. Like you, I would prefer San Diego or somewhere in Cali but the cost of living prevents that and I am not who I was, pain has ruined my life so have to find an easy going job now, less pay. So I have to just go where the weather is good and try to survive. When are you moving to Tucson? Maybe I should move that back to the top of the list. I need to move in the next month no matter what. I’m in NYC and the weather is literally killing me. Do you have any tips on where to move in Tucson? It seems like a cool place. Vegas has it’s plus and minuses for sure. I feel acupuncture is the only physical intervention I can handle anymore and Arizona is good for that, Las Vegas not so much. Cant have it all, lol! I think we have similar goals, good weather, less pain and live a decent life. thanks

      1. Has anyone looked at the western slopes of Colorado?
        I live in Wisconsin love the seasons..OA does not..ever joint from my toes to my neck bother me. The barometric pressure does play a huge part of discomfort.

        1. Hi Jay–Denver and the Buena Vista areas of Colorado have mild winters, usually dry weather, high pressure is very common much of the year. If you still want the four seasons, this is a very good place to go. It occasionally rains (about an hour), maybe hails sometimes, in the afternoons in Summer. Usually on the dry side. May go back myself.

    2. I agree! I lived in San Diego for 7 years and currently live in Denver for 5 years now. I’m on vacation in Florida for the second time this year, and the pain is intolerable. I feel best in low altitude, low humidity climates and will eventually end up in a city like Palm Springs or Phoenix.

      1. I too lived in San Diego and moved to Austin from the Denver area 12 years ago. The older I get the worse my joints get. I need to move before I get any older. I am thinking about going back to Denver and am wondering if you still have pain and mobility problems living in Denver? Is that why you’re looking at Palm Springs or Phoenix?

        1. Stacia, don’t you realize —— Denver is the “mile high” city—-over 5000 feet! HIGH altitude, she said she wants low altitude—-plus Denver has very cold winters and overall very dramatic changes in weather (can be 30 degrees high one day with snow, then 70 and sunny & dry the next in the winter)

          You need to move to Phoenix or Tucson or Las Vegas or Palm Springs!!

    3. You really helped me, I live about an hour and forty five minutes from Phoenix and I live in excruciating pain. It’s got to be barometric pressure.

      1. I also have RA and OA, as well as other issues, I am on disability so income is a problem, I am looking at Tucson but not sure yet, I was thinking maybe having a room-mate in same situation, maybe a double wide mobile home, so much to think about. I need advice, please.

      1. I live in Michigan and the barimetric pressure for me has caused many down days due to my osteoarthritis.
        I have found a great deal of relief from taking supplements: Cura Med by Terry Naturally 750mg Curcumin,
        Clinical OPC French grape seed 150mg Extract VX1 also by Terry Naturally, and Hyaluronic Acid 100mg I buy the NOW brand. The combination of these three have majorly helped me with mobility.
        I also take MSM 1500mg, glucosamine 1500mg, a womens multi vitamin, Omega 3 1200 mg, B- complex, vitamin C 1000mg, vitamin K-2, Magnesium 250mg, tart cherry extract 340mg, Beet Root 1000mg, Potassium 99mg. I drink green tea and for break through discomfort I take Equate brand Ibuprifen 200mg liquid-filled capsules pain reliever/fever reducer (NSAID) from Walmart. I do low impact excercise with elastic bands. I love to garden, but when I do I wear a back support. With all this being said I still have pain daily, however I have more up days then bad which makes me much happier that I am able to get around and have a better quality if life. Due to aging parents I am unable to move to a more weather friendly state. I have done much research on the listed supplements and have found that they work. Check out the Terry Naturally web site it is very informative, also osteo arthritis pain management sites. Best wishes to all. I hope this brings some relief to fellow sufferers.

  2. It can be very hard leaving family behind however when moving to another state after time goes by usually other family members that are very close to that person for example siblings or grown children they tend to relocate themselves to be close to their loved ones. Especially if there are good jobs available in that state.

  3. Has anyone one look at the Hawaiian islands? Cost of living is high but when I am on vacation in Maui I feel good and I can walk with out or little pain. I wake up able to get out of bed.
    Just wondering if anyone has look at Maui?

  4. Can u tell me where in Arizona would not be so hot like Phoenix that a red head with fair complexion can live bc my bf was hit by a drunk driver today andnhaving back surgery. I know he’s gonna have arthritis in his back. He has a service dog as well. I have osteoarthritis in both of my knees due to a car accident in September 1995. I now have a reinjured neck that I have to Kinda baby it bc if I get stressed it starts to hurt then gives me chronic migraines, I slipped on ice 2 late February’s ago in Indiana.

  5. Kim,’
    Hello! I’m a native Texan and I agree with you 100% about Texas humidity. Been looking for city to move to because I also have pulmonary hypertension…a lung disease that needs dry air and this is first year I even knew I had arthritis! Texas is
    Killing me. Is Phoenix super expensive like Austin is now ? Nice people?
    I’ll be moving there alone…and I’m 65. But I’m so sick of pain, ready to go to ends of earth to get relief.
    Is yourpain and mobility that much better? Live that air is clean.
    Thanks for any advice’

    1. I’m so sorry that I haven’t gone back to this site and to read comments. I am here today and just seen your request. As far as Phoenix goes, it isn’t as expensive as say Austin. I was able to get a studio apartment with all bills paid for less than $700 but that was a studio apartment. One bedroom apts were going up as of last year so to find an apt with all bills paid or within your budget you may want to ask a local apartment finder or realtor there in Phoenix. Also I would have to add that Phoenix air is not as clean as one would assume. The city is located in a valley so the air quality is quite oppressive. Something to think about.

      Good luck.

  6. @Jay; yes, I just came back from Moab, Ut & Grand Junction to Ohio. It was rainy, 50 something degrees, & was painful just walking in the airport in Columbus! It is now Sunday & my arthritis is so painful…a week in the western slope area, I started walking for excersice & loved it! I was born in WI, as well, lived in Grand Junction for a while before my arthritis really flared up. I can’t wait to perm. relocate there again! Wow, my joints are a mess back in Ohio, for real in comparison to the west! Besides, more sun to top it off!
    Definitely recommend.

    1. I hope someone answers here because that’s the area I think is beautiful but not sure my arthritis can handle it.

  7. There’s a small town in the high desert of California that’s relatively cheap to buy and live. It’s near the Nevada state line. Named Barstow.

  8. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada where we have one of the most fluctuating barometric pressure systems ever. I have osteo in both knees and elbows . The pain is intolerable most of the time
    so I hope that TKR will help.
    Love to try Arizona to see if the dry weather and somewhat stable barometric pressure would help. ANY advice from fellow sufferers?

    1. I’m in AZ, originally from NY. This dry heat is great for my degenerated neck discs. You need to get acclimated to the heat. At first you’ll think you’re in a pizza oven. The constant sunshine is great for your mood also.

    1. I live in Plano, TX, and I need to move. My husband and I both have OA and fibro, and we suffer all the time due to a constant change in barometric pressure. I have had to have joint replacement and disc surgery as a result of my arthritis. The weather here is muggy and miserable. We have about 47 thunderstorms a year. We are thinking of moving west to a drier climate.

  9. I Live in Louisiana! I have Chronic Inflammatory Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. I’ve had 4 back surgeries, shoulder surgery, neck fusion, one knee replacement and about to do the other knee. Never a day without horrible pain! The food and people here are great, and all my kids and grandkids live here. But I don’t know if I can take much more pain till I die! I’m 71 and my hubby is 73, we are at least thinking about putting our house for rent on Airbnb and starting to travel a bit in a camper just to get some relief for awhile! I love the New Mexico area, would love to stay there for a while. Anyone want to trade houses for a couple of months?!?! LOL

  10. Hi, I’m 54 yrs.old have severe DDD , sciatica, bone spurs, and severe OA in right shoulder (bone on bone) Reverse shoulder replacement on left. I take mobic, pain med. from pcp and steroid inj. In. shoulder & back. Had to go on disability. Tested RA. neg. Some days inflammation is horrible, came to Flordia was going to buy parents mobile home, but the humidity !! I went to outdoor flea market couldn’t last 15 mins. My body felt inflammed. PLEASE HELP!! I’M looking into Las Vegas, renting, money would be tight,but would move to be in less pain, to have some life. Has anyone moved out west and have less pain? My PCP says heat causes pain not humidity. I need true advise from people that have OA&RA. ???

    1. I am from Southern California. Moved to SW Florida in late August due to my husbands job. The humidity is HORRIBLE!!! My pain was SO excruciating after 3 days I ended up in the ER. In 16 years with RA Diagnosis I never sought emergency treatment for my pain. The weather here is just too much. Dew points above 60 seem to send me in a tail spin. We are moving back to Southern California in September. I may go home sooner, will see what happens around May (thats when I am told the weather gets miserable), I may be out of her sooner!!! Today it is about 80 with dew point of 65. Pain is back. Good luck with your move.

      1. Thank Yvette. I was considering on moving to NE Florida from Boise, Idaho because 2 of my 3 kids and grandkiddies live there, but am totally reconsidering. I’m in back and knee pain here in the winter months and I don’t want to imagine what it would be there all year. Guess I”m staying put.

  11. I have severe OA in back and right shoulder, left reverse shoulder replacement. I take mobic,pain meds from PCP and steroid injections in back and shoulder. Had to go on disability. From Mi came to Flordia to buy my parents mobile home. I thought the inflammation pain was bad in MI,but wow is it painful here. My pcp says its the heat that causes inflammation not humidity. I need advise from people with OA or RA, have you moved out west (any drier state) and had pain relief??? Please Im 54 and want some life. Im looking around Las Vegas, I would probably rent money would be tight. I need to hear from people who get it and doesn’t think its in our head!!

  12. Has anyone moved and have relief from OA &RA inflammation pain? Im ready to move around Las Vegas. My pcp says heat causes the pain not humidity. Need to hear from people who moved or vacationed and had pain relief. I take mobic, pain meds from pcp and steroid inj. Im in Flordia went to outdoor flea market only walked 15minutes before the inflammation started had to leave.

  13. I am 59 yrs old, female, fairly active and recently retired. I have osteoporosis in the hips and osteoarthritis in my back, hands, knees, and have had rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders. My husband and I recently moved to southwest Florida, about 30 minutes from the gulf coast. My joint pain has increased terribly. At first I associated the constant pain to the work of moving, but it is more than that kind of pain. We relocated from central Illinois which has some erratic barometric pressure but not like FL. I am open to suggestions on supplements. I walk and keep moving but I am miserable!

    1. Hi Lisa. So sorry that you’re going through all of that. It sounds difficult, and we know what the Florida climate can do to joints!

      We highly recommend that you give Flexcin a try. Flexcin is an all-natural supplement designed for people with joint pain, and we’ve been helping people for about 20 years. You can learn more about Flexcin on our home page at

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  14. So I guess north Florida, Jacksonville area is out? I currently live in Boise, Idaho. Although we are considered a high plains desert we get almost no humidity and hardly any snow in the valley where I live.
    My kids live in Jacksonville Florida so I am considering on moving there to be closer. With the cold, wet winters we have here, I do feel it in my back and hands.
    I’m assuming it would be worse in Florida? 🙁

  15. Phoenix is good for arthritis, however not for respiratory problems. Consider the dust which covers everything, you’re constantly inhaling. Desert equals dust, I had to leave.

  16. I live in Houston, Tx. I have done so much research but this is the best. Speaking with others about the facts and sharing experiences. I cannot list everything that is wrong with me. I am sick from meds and in pain-everyday. When I have 3 to 4 hours in the spring without pain, it is a miracle. There is nothing I haven’t tried other than relocating. I am 53 and concerned about my overall health due to despair, at this point. I am concerned so many of us share the same issues. Thank you for this site. I love the ocean but I’m 40 miles from the Gulf. I recently began monitoring barometric pressure and comparing to other weather conditions when I cannot get out of pain.
    I am looking into a west ward retreat. I have a lot of living that is stifled and I’m determined to get the right combo of lifestyle. Truly sorry to those who suffer. If i find relief, i will come back and share.


  17. When researching locations to ease the pain of arthritis, please take in to consideration if hydraulic fracking is happening in close proximity. I have learned first hand from my 18 months in the Front Range of Colorado how fracking causes joint and muscle pain, not to mention respiratory problems. There is just so much to consider when looking for a favorable location. Also, high elevation does increase pressure. I’m now looking for dry climate and less bp change.

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