Fire up your seasonal affective disorder lamps, because according to BestPlaces.net, Boston is one of the grayest places in America.
Boston received a “gloom score” of 67.8, making it 10th on the website’s “Gloomiest Places in America” list. Released on Thursday, the list ranked Seattle at the top with a gloom score of 90.9, followed by Portland, Ore. (88.2); Buffalo (88.03); Cleveland (83.72); Pittsburgh (80.17); Detroit (78.03); Columbus, Ohio (70.6); Milwaukee (70.25); and Chicago (68).
At 12th and 14th place respectively, fellow New England cities Hartford and Providence weren’t far behind.
BestPlaces.net’s data team considered percentage of cloud cover, average hours of daylight, and days with precipitation for the months of November through January to calculate each score. Only the 50 largest metro areas were considered, which is why other notably dark areas such as Alaska were not included.
Unsurprisingly, Southwestern metros such as Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles earned gloom scores in the twenties, placing them at the bottom of the list.
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