13 Best Places To Live With Rheumatoid Arthritis (+ 3 Climates)
Are you suffering from RA and you believe the weather is making it worse? It’s really possible.
But unfortunately, you can’t change the climate. The only thing you can do is to move out – for a little while, at least.
So if you’re thinking about this – where exactly should you go? Which are the best places to live with rheumatoid arthritis?
You will find the answers below.
A. Best 5 Places In The US
The best thing about Arizona is that it has constant temperatures during the whole year.
Compared to other states, the winter in Arizona is pretty similar to the summer.
The good news is that it’s not just one or 2 cities – it’s the whole state.
So you can choose any place from Arizona: Tucson, Phoenix or even Yuma – which is the #1 sunniest city from America.
Now – how does this weather help arthritis?. Here’s the thing:
- heat prevents joints stiffness
- sun rays increase the production of vitamin D
- dry air prevents flare-ups
In my opinion, Arizona is the best place in America if you have arthritis.
2. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Compared to Arizona, Minnesota seems exactly the opposite – it’s much colder.
But even so, it’s one of the best places to live with arthritis – especially its largest city, Minneapolis.
How’s that? Here are the main reasons:
- lots of rheumatology institutions, including the Mayo Clinc
- very fresh air
- little humidity – which prevents flare-ups
- life is very cheap in general
So if you want to be close to a specialist or rheumatology clinic – Minneapolis is probably the best place.
3. Maryland, Baltimore
Just like Minnesota, the climate from Baltimore isn’t the best one. However, its institutions are.
So there’s 2 main reasons why you should live in Maryland:
- the John Hopkins Hospital
- highest number of rheumatology institutions (even higher than Minnesota)
As I said, the climate is pretty harsh in Maryland – especially in the winter.
But even so – you can live in any part of Baltimore. The clinics are still pretty close.
Now – this isn’t my personal recommendation, just because of the weather.
But if you need to be close to a rheumatology institution, Baltimore is probably the best choice – together with Minnesota.
This state is just perfect for someone with rheumatoid arthritis. How’s that?:
- constant temperatures during the year (just like in Arizona)
- dry weather
- pretty hot – all year long
The only problem with the Californian weather is humidity.
As it’s close to the ocean, there’s a lot of humidity in most cities – which can increase arthritis flare-ups.
But if you move out in the eastern part – things should be better.
Another problem is that life tends to be pretty expensive here.
So I would personally choose Arizona instead – it has some more advantages. But California remains a pretty good place for arthritis.
5. Salt Lake City
The capital of Utah is another great city if you have RA. Compared to the previous places – it doesn’t have the same advantages:
- no hot weather or dry climate
- not so many institutions
Instead, it compensates by 3 things:
- fresh air
- the lowest smoking rate from the US
- according to studies, one of the most relaxing places in the country
In case you didn’t know – smoke is really bad for RA, because it increases inflammation.
The bad part is that you don’t have to smoke yourself – only ingesting smoke is enough to increase your pain.
B. Best 8 Places Outside The US
This African country had everything – beautiful landscapes, nice people and most importantly: a great climate.
Here’s why it makes a great place to live – for people with RA:
- really hot during the whole year – no winter
- dry air and very little humidity
- the lowest rate of smoking in the world
What else could you wish for?
The only downside is that Nigeria isn’t a very modern country – compared to the US. So you won’t find as many clinics and specialized hospitals.
But if your RA doesn’t require professional care for now – Nigeria is the perfect place to move in. Even for a little while.
Spain is one of the top holiday destinations in the world. So living in such a paradise would be a dream.
But surprisingly – the life from Spain seems to suit arthritis. Here’s why I’m saying this:
- it’s pretty hot most of the time
- even the winters are pretty gentle
- life in general is very relaxing (little stress)
- the eating habits are perfect for RA (Mediterranean diet)
Now – people living there eat a lot of fish, vegetables and olive oil.
All of these foods are great for arthritis in general – because they decrease inflammation. Besides, Spanish people don’t eat a lot of processed food.
So that’s the #1 reason why Spain is the perfect place to live with arthritis – it keeps you away from fast foods and processed foods.
This country is famous for its healthy lifestyle – they were the ones that invented Yoga.
But other than that – why is Japan good for RA?
After all, it doesn’t have a very warm climate. There’s a lot of humidity there, which can be very harmful for arthritis.
Basically – there’s one reason why I recommend living in Japan:
- hot springs
This country is also known for its thermal water – which are great for stiff joints.
So even though I don’t recommend moving in Japan permanently (it’s totally different from Europe and US) – a little vacation there would surely help your joints.
4. Adelaide, Australia
If you’ve never been to Australia – I say you give it a try. Life here seems somehow perfect – especially for someone with arthritis.
So why is Adelaide a great place for RA? I would say it’s an Australian version of Arizona:
- very hot weather during the whole year
- constant temperatures
- dry air and very little humidity
Besides, the rate of smoking is pretty low in Australia – compared to other countries.
That makes it one of the perfect places to live with RA. So if you haven’t visited it yet, you should really change that.
This country is a real European paradise – and it has everything an RA sufferer could need:
- warm weather – not too hot, not too cold either
- very little smoke
- life is very cheap in general
- relaxed people
In fact, it’s considered one of the less stressful places in Europe. And compared to Spain, it’s way cheaper.
However, it also has some downsides:
- higher level of humidity
- not so many specialized institutions
But if you can stand these problems, life in Portugal will surely benefit your RA.
Here’s another European country where you would surely love to live – in terms of arthritis.
So what makes Turkey so special? It’s probably 2 things:
- pleasant weather
- large number of clinics
Unlike Portugal, Turkey has a lot of institutions for all kinds of conditions – including arthritis.
So if you need to be supervised by a medical, you would probably like Turkey more.
However, it has the same problem as Portugal – it’s close to the sea, so the level of humidity is pretty high.
7. Sydney, Australia
Just like its neighbor Adelaide, Sydney seems the perfect place to live with arthritis:
- it has a really warm climate
- 95% of the days are sunny
- there isn’t a lot of humidity
But compared to Adelaide – Sydney is much better for walking. The city is created in such a manner that you don’t have to drive everywhere – so most people prefer walking.
Now – you probably know the benefits of movement in arthritis.
So if you’re looking for a place where you can walk instead of driving – Sydney is probably the best choice.
Last on this list is the most visited country in the world – France.
Now – every regular person would probably like to live there. But what makes it suitable for someone with rheumatoid arthritis?
- Gentle climate (the humidity depends on the area)
- Life is very relaxed there
- Camembert cheese – is said to relieve arthritis pain
So if you’re a fan of diary and cheese – France is the best place for you.
Especially because their special cheese contains a high level of vitamin K – which is considered a mild anti-inflammatory.
Best 3 Climates For Rheumatoid Arthritis
1. Mediterranean Climate
This is the type of weather you can find in the South of Europe and Florida. What makes it so special:
- Gentle weather all year long
- Very hot summers and rainy winters
- Average humidity (depending on the area)
- One of the best diets for arthritis
Now – this climate can improve RA, but it’s not a major factor. I’m saying this because the humidity gets higher in the winter.
However, compared to other types of climate – the Mediterranean one is much suitable for arthritis.
Besides, the diet is just perfect – it keeps you away from processed meals and promotes fresh, homemade foods.
2. Desert Climate
On paper, this is probably the best kind of weather for RA. Now – I don’t mean the climate from the Sahara.
Arizona has a desert-like weather – and as I said, to me it’s the best US state for arthritis.
So here’s why a desert climate helps:
- very little humidity – which keeps away joint pressure and flare-ups
- constant temperatures all year long
- always sunny and hot
As I told you in the beginning – heat is perfect for arthritis, because it helps joints stiffness.
Besides, this climate has no humidity – which is another advantage.
So if you really want to move out just for the sake of improving your RA – I would choose a desert climate. Something like Arizona or Nevada.
3. Continental Climate
This is the type of weather from most US and Europe states. It’s actually the regular weather:
- 4 different seasons
- fluctuating temperatures throughout the year
Now – this climate doesn’t help arthritis in any form. But it doesn’t worsen it either.
So it’s not the best weather for RA, but it’s not the worst. You get my point?
Among all types of climates – the continental one is on top for 1 reason: it doesn’t worsen arthritis (like humid climates do).
Therefore – if you’re planning to move to a different climate, I wouldn’t recommend you this one. Better choose one of these 2 instead:
On the other hand, if you already live in a continental climate – it’s totally fine. There’s no need to move just for the sake of your RA. This weather is good enough for your condition.
My Verdict – What’s The Best Place To Live With RA?
Short answer: Probably Arizona – at least in my opinion. Either way, you should choose a place with 3 major things:
- very little humidity
- constant temperatures throughout the year
- warm to hot climate
In my opinion, somewhere around Arizona or Nevada is the best place within the US.
If you’re from Australia – my #1 recommendation is Sydney.
As for Europe, somewhere in the south – Spain or Portugal are great.
Now – there are some other secondary things you should consider:
- how expensive life is in that place
- the hospitals or specialized clinics around
Once you select what exactly you need – you can start looking for the right location.
And I personally believe that these 13 places are enough to help you decide.