The 50 Most Humid Places in America

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The 50 Most Humid Places in America

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Everyone hates humidity. You know: that inescapable stickiness that entraps the heat, making it feel like you’re being smothered by a wool blanket every time you step outside. To make matters worse, too, when the humidity is above average, your hair is bound to work itself into an unmanageable frizz—no matter how many products you apply—and you have no choice but to reapply deodorant at a ridiculously recurrent rate.

Still, as with all things, humidity is far worse in some places than other. To give you a bit of perspective on just how bad life could be, we’ve compiled a list of the of the most humid places in the United States, year after year. For those of you who experience shirt-soaking moisture in these locales, we send our sympathies.

The Methodology: Our data is based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s Average Relative Humidity Data, which is collected from each of its approximately 250 weather observation stations located throughout the United States. The NOAA data for each station represents each location’s average morning relative humidity and average afternoon relative humidity, drawn from data collected from the year of the station’s opening through 2015. (The weather observation stations’ years of operation fluctuate by several years, depending on the station, but most have been operating since the 1940s, and all stations have been in existence since 1999). Using these numbers, we calculated the average of each city’s annual morning relative humidity and annual afternoon relative humidity and organized the list by comparing these averages.

So, without further ado, here’s a roundup of the 50 most humid places in America—ranked from least humid to most humid. And for help with beating the summer heat, no matter where you are, don’t miss our suggestions for 20 Surprising Things That Can Keep You Cooler All Summer.

duluth minnesota humid places

50
Duluth, MN

Morning Relative Humidity: 82%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 63%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

And for more steamy destinations, check out The 30 Best Beaches in America.

international falls minnesota humid places

49
International Falls, MN

Morning Relative Humidity: 83%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 62%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

And for more on how the cities of America stack up, take a look at the Best Cities For When You’re In an Emergency.

lansing michigan humid places

48
Lansing, MI

Morning Relative Humidity: 83%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 62%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

Find out which Michigan site ranks among the 50 Destinations So Magical You Won’t Believe They’re in the U.S.

lihue hawaii humid places

47
Lihue, HI

Morning Relative Humidity: 79%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 66%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

If you’re struggling with humidity and hot temperatures like these folks, bone up on the 15 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Central Air.

mansfield ohio humid places

46
Mansfield, OH

Morning Relative Humidity: 82%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 63%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

muskegon michigan humid places

45
Muskegon, MI

Morning Relative Humidity: 81%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 64%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

To avoid dripping in sweat between the sheets in humid places like these, see our 40 Tips for Better Sleep on Summer Nights.

pensacola florida humid places

44
Pensacola, FL

Morning Relative Humidity: 85%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 60%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

Salem OR humid places

43
Salem, OR

Morning Relative Humidity: 86%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 59%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

elkins west virginia humid places

42
Elkins, WV

Morning Relative Humidity: 87%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 58%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

shreveport la humid places

41
Shreveport, LA

Morning Relative Humidity: 87%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 58%

Average Relative Humidity: 72.5%

green bay Wisconsin humid places

40
Green Bay, WI

Morning Relative Humidity: 83%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 63%

Average Relative Humidity: 73%

houghton lake MI humid places

39
Houghton Lake, MI

Morning Relative Humidity: 84%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 62%

Average Relative Humidity: 73%

seattle WA humid places

38
Seattle, WA

Morning Relative Humidity: 83%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 63%

Average Relative Humidity: 73%

waterloo iowa humid places

37
Waterloo, IA

Morning Relative Humidity: 84%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 62%

Average Relative Humidity: 73%

gainesville Florida humid places

36
Gainesville, FL

Morning Relative Humidity: 90%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 56%

Average Relative Humidity: 73%

grand forks nd humid places

35
Grand Forks, ND

Morning Relative Humidity: 83%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 63%

Average Relative Humidity: 73%

dubuque iowa humid places

34
Dubuque, IA

Morning Relative Humidity: 83%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 63%

Average Relative Humidity: 73%

rochester minnesota humid places

33
Rochester, MN

Morning Relative Humidity: 83%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 64%

Average Relative Humidity: 73.5%

key west florida humid places

32
Key West, FL

Morning Relative Humidity: 79%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 68%

Average Relative Humidity: 73.5%

cape hatteras north carolina humid places

31
Cape Hatteras, NC

Morning Relative Humidity: 81%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 66%

Average Relative Humidity: 73.5%

daytona beach florida humid places

30
Daytona Beach, FL

Morning Relative Humidity: 87%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 60%

Average Relative Humidity: 73.5%

vero beach fl humid places

29
Vero Beach, FL

Morning Relative Humidity: 86%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 61%

Average Relative Humidity: 73.5%

And for more fascinating rankings of American cities, don’t miss The 50 Cities in America Where People Live the Longest.

jackson ms humid places

28
Jackson, MS

Morning Relative Humidity: 90%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 57%

Average Relative Humidity: 73.5%

baton rouge la humid places

27
Baton Rouge, LA

Morning Relative Humidity: 89%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 59%

Average Relative Humidity: 74%

Eugene OR humid places

26
Eugene, OR

Morning Relative Humidity: 87%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 61%

Average Relative Humidity: 74%

houston humid places

25
Houston, TX

Morning Relative Humidity: 89%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 59%

Average Relative Humidity: 74%

valdez ak humid places

24
Valdez, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 79%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 69%

Average Relative Humidity: 74%

sault ste marie mi humid places

23
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Morning Relative Humidity: 84%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 65%

Average Relative Humidity: 74.5%

New Orleans, Louisiana humid places

22
New Orleans, LA

Morning Relative Humidity: 87%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 62%

Average Relative Humidity: 74.5%

victoria texas humid places

21
Victoria, TX

Morning Relative Humidity: 90%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 59%

Average Relative Humidity: 74.5%

hilo hawaii humid places

20
Hilo, HI

Morning Relative Humidity: 82%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 67%

Average Relative Humidity: 74.5%

homer alaska humid places

19
Homer, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 79%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 70%

Average Relative Humidity: 74.5%

Brownsville, TX, humid places

18
Brownsville, TX

Morning Relative Humidity: 90%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 60%

Average Relative Humidity: 75%

corpus christi tx humid places

17
Corpus Christi, TX

Morning Relative Humidity: 89%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 61%

Average Relative Humidity: 75%

king salmon alaska humid places

16
King Salmon, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 82%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 68%

Average Relative Humidity: 75%

galveston texas humid places

15
Galveston, TX

Morning Relative Humidity: 83%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 69%

Average Relative Humidity: 76%

lake charles louisiana humid places

14
Lake Charles, LA

Morning Relative Humidity: 90%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 62%

Average Relative Humidity: 76%

Spruce Cape Beach Alaska

13
Kodiak, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 79%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 73%

Average Relative Humidity: 76%

If you’re planning to escape the heat by flying to another destination at some point this summer, be sure to consult The 10 Worst U.S. Airports for Summer Travel before booking your flight.

noma alaska humid places

12
Nome, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 78%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 74%

Average Relative Humidity: 76%

Can you guess the one item most Alaskans agree they can’t survive without? Check if your guess is correct with our list of The One Thing People in Every State Can’t Live Without.

olympia washington humid places

11
Olympia, WA

Morning Relative Humidity: 89%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 64%

Average Relative Humidity: 76.5%

port arthur tx humid places

10
Port Arthur, TX

Morning Relative Humidity: 90%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 63%

Average Relative Humidity: 76.5%

annette alaska humid places

9
Annette, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 82%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 73%

Average Relative Humidity: 77.5%

kotzebue alaska humid places

8
Kotzebue, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 80%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 76%

Average Relative Humidity: 78%

San Francisco

7
San Francisco, CA

Morning Relative Humidity: 87%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 69%

Average Relative Humidity: 78%

Despite that high humidity level, find out what San Francisco’s got going for it that earned it a spot on The 50 Best Cities to Spend Your Golden Years—Ranked.

bethel alaska humid places

6
Bethel, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 84%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 73%

Average Relative Humidity: 78.5%

juneau alaska humid places

5
Juneau, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 85%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 74%

Average Relative Humidity: 79.5%

astoria oregon humid places

4
Astoria, OR

Morning Relative Humidity: 87%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 73%

Average Relative Humidity: 80%

barrow alaska humid places

3
Barrow, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 82%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 80%

Average Relative Humidity: 81%

cold bay alaska humid places

2
Cold Bay, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 87%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 80%

Average Relative Humidity: 83.5%

st paul island alaska humid places

1
St. Paul Island, AK

Morning Relative Humidity: 88%

Afternoon Relative Humidity: 84%

Average Relative Humidity: 86%

And for more tips on cities to avoid during a particular season, don’t miss our 20 Worst U.S. Cities for Spring Allergies.

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