In the dead of winter, take small comfort in knowing that two of New England's capital cities, Boston and Providence, have made the “Coziest Cities List,” sponsored by the new line of Honeywell Infrared Heaters, with Boston topping the list and Providence coming in at number eight. The awards were evaluated by scientists at the environmental consulting firm of Needham-based Environmental Health & Engineering, and determined based on criteria used to judge overall comfort, ambiance and accessibility.
"Defining coziness is a relatively abstract task, but we were up for the challenge,” said Dr. Ted Myatt of the consulting company in a press release released Jan. 6. “We synthesized a variety of city data across major metropolitan areas in the United States to calculate an overall coziness score.”
Myatt said they looked at criteria ranging from fireplace and portable heater usage, access to parks and overall walkability to restaurants and coffee shops per capita, stressful lifestyle scores and historical ambiance.
Coming in second was San Francisco, followed by Santa Fe, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Baltimore, Providence, New Orleans and Savannah, Georgia.