In the wake of the new law that made marijuana legal in the State of Colorado, the Movoto Real Estate Blog set out to determine through the power of data, which are the top ten highest cities in America. After an amount of research that would seem like the most seriously difficult thing ever to a habitual toker, they concluded that, yes, the Mile-High City really is the best place for getting high in the 50 states–but it’s not alone. And Orange County is very well represented.
These are the 10 highest cities in America:
1. Denver, CO
2. Colorado Springs, CO
3. Seattle, WA
4. San Bernardino, CA
5. Aurora, CO
6. Santa Ana, CA
7. Irvine, CA
8. San Francisco, CA
9. Sacramento, CA
10. Los Angeles, CA
How the heck did Irvine get on this list? No wonder crime is so low in Irvine. The residents are high! Or perhaps they are just viejitos?
To determine a city’s idealness for herb connoisseurs, Movoto selected seven different criteria to measure:
- Marijuana dispensaries per capita
- Number of residents with medical marijuana cards
- Head shops per capita
- Marijuana-related events & festivals per capita
- Whether or not medical marijuana use is legal in the state
- Whether or not marijuana use is legal in the state
- Whether or not marijuana use is decriminalized in the state (no fine/jail for first-time possession)
As for their methodology, we looked at the 100 largest cities in the country in terms of population. The cities were ranked from one to 100 (with one being best) in the first four criteria. They received one of two rankings for the final three criteria, which were weighted in terms of importance to those who like to light up. The final ranking of most pot-friendly cities was determined by averaging the cities’ scores across all seven criteria to create one overall Big Deal Score. You can see how the top 50 cities placed in the table at this end of this post.