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What U.S. cities receive the most sunlight annually?

Yuma, Arizona, is regarded as the sunniest city in the United States, with about 4,000 hours of sunlight every year. Below are some other sunny cities for those who are averse to rainfall. Because what constitutes a “sunny day” is debatable, the figures are estimates of the percentage of hours of annual sunshine, or what meteorologists call the “mean percentage of possible sunshine.”

Sunniest U.S. Cities

City Percent of Annual Sunshine
Yuma, AZ 90%
Redding, CA 88%
Las Vegas, NV 85%
Tucson, AZ 85%
Phoenix, AZ 85%
El Paso, TX 84%
Fresno, CA 79%
Reno, NV 79%
Bishop, CA 78%
Santa Barbara, CA 78%
Sacramento, CA 78%
Bakersfield, CA 78%
Flagstaff, AZ 78%
Albuquerque, NM 76%


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