The last few years have proven to be times of change for many Americans, whether it’s starting a new job or starting over in a new city. Because of this, along with the growing legality of marijuana, previously under-the-radar cities have skyrocketed in popularity.
Moving is not always enjoyable, but if you happen to love weed and are looking for somewhere new to live, there are several cities in the U.S. that might be a good fit.
Here are 10 of them.
Weed enthusiasts who love the wilderness and don’t mind an extended winter might want to consider looking North. Alaska, while conservative leaning in several respects, was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Anchorage is the most populated city in Alaska. It has plenty of great restaurants and dispensaries, but the great outdoors is never far away in America’s 49th state.
Ann Arbor, MI
Historically known as a college town, Ann Arbor Michigan is becoming a very cool small city to live in, especially now that weed is legal in Michigan. Ann Arbor has many of the conveniences of a city, but still has a small town vibe for those who don’t love the hustle. This is among the reasons it ranks as the number 6 in best places to live according to CBS News.
The wind in the windy city smells a lot more like marijuana these days. Weed is now legal in this major metropolitan city, and its citizens have embraced it. Chicago is known as quite a foodie city, and “The city’s dining scene features some of the greatest cannabis cooks in the country,” wrote the Chicago Tribune. So if you love weed and food equally, Chicago might just be the perfect fit.
Colorado Springs, CO
While you hear a lot about Denver being one of the top weed destinations, there is another city in Colorado that might be worth looking into. Colorado Springs has an active energy, and also has more favorable weather year round. This makes it possible to enjoy the outdoors for the entire year, unlike some higher elevation cities. It is also cheaper. “Colorado Springs real estate tends to be more affordable than in other parts of the state, which is a huge reason many people choose to live there,” wrote Uncover Colorado.
Las Vegas, NV
Entire neighborhoods seem to be popping up in Las Vegas almost overnight. This city has seen a major influx in residents. Real estate is much cheaper in Las Vegas, and there is a lot to do. Just as neighborhoods keep appearing, so do marijuana dispensaries. Las Vegas is quickly becoming one of the top destinations for weed tourism, and doesn’t plan to slow down any time soon.
Portland is known for its progressive nature, delicious food and youthful nature. These qualities are all perks for those who love marijuana. Portland is one city that continues to get creative with weed, and it is woven into much of its hip culture. That, combined with the fact the U.S. News has yet again ranked it one of the Top 10 places to live, makes Portland a great place to call home if you really like pot.
San Diego, CA
While Los Angeles and San Diego are both great SoCal cities for those who love weed, San Diego has a slight edge. While it is still a major city, there is a slightly more laid back vibe. San Diego, although quite expensive, is slightly cheaper than LA, making it the top destination for weed enthusiasts looking to relocate to sunny California.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is synonymous with marijuana and its legalization. This famously liberal city was a pioneer in early marijuana legalization, and there are a plethora of dispensaries throughout the City. San Francisco is notoriously expensive, but if price is not a concern, it really is a weed Mecca for those on the quest to find it. The fact that some of the best weed is grown just a few hours drive away in Humboldt County only sweetens the deal.
Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico recently legalized marijuana, and its most beautiful city has become a great option for marijuana-inclined home seekers. Santa Fe has stunning landscapes, a plethora of art museums, a liberal laid back vibe — and now weed. Santa Fe recently came in at number four on Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards “Best Cities in the U.S.” If you are looking for a new home, you may want to take a look at this beautiful desert oasis.
Coffee and weed go so well together, and no place does coffee and weed quite like Seattle. This city is as rich in caffeine as it is in culture. In addition to being a progressive city, it is famously known for being clean and green, hence The Emerald City. In fact, it is ranked the number one city for outdoor activities by Niche.