Ya well, you suck in Winter cause you're comfy and I'm freezing my butt off in cold temps AND high humidity. It's often pouring ice cold rain, 30 to 70 mph wind, and 33 to 35F temp BEFORE wind chill. That is miserable. It actually feels a bit less cold when it gets slightly colder and starts snowing, because then at least I'm dry, and there is usually somewhat less wind when it snows than when it rains.
Most of the year here I'm miserably cold and it makes my joints hurt, and it's just as wet, or wetter, here than Louisiana. This is a COLD rain forest area, and near enough the Ocean and Mountains to get high winds funneling through the passes (where many of us live). I wear long underwear most of the year.
Now you can see why increasing my Jeep's engine temps helps my gas mileage, but in reality, I'm really only increasing my temps to approx what you're probably already running with a stock stat in your climate. With a stock stat I was running 185F to 190F in Winter, and that is to cold for efficiency. Winter is where I get my main benefits from my warmer stat, and some benefit in the colder half of Spring and Fall. I think I get some small benefit on cooler Summer days here. I doubt it makes any difference on hot Summer days (which we get few of here). When I say hot, I mean above 80F.
Misery is misery. To hot or to cold is hard on people. If you move, don't move here. My relatives from Texas come visit in July or August and complain about being cold while they're wearing their Winter coats. I don't think they could handle Winter here. I can barely handle Winter here. One of the worst parts of Winter here is few hours of "daylight" and that "daylight" is usually very dim due to heavy clouds. Often the street lights are on at noon and all afternoon for much of Fall, most of Winter, and some of Spring. It gets dark at 3:30 to 4 PM. The lack of day light can (literally) break people's sanity. I installed full spectrum lighting in my home and now I don't go as crazy in Winter as before. But I kid you not, between cold, rain, snow, wind, for 8 months, and very little sun for 5 months, it's a cold dark hell half the year here. Don't envy us.
Where is nice is somewhere midway between far North and Far South? That's where we should move. Northern CA in the West, or maybe Mason Dixon line in the East? Where should we move to Newtons? Like Goldilocks, I want someplace that's just right, not to cold or to hot.
Hmmm, how to reply to that without sounding rude. Well, I used to live in Minnesota where the winters were colder than Washington without the wet factor. And, the summers were not quite as bad as Louisiana but dang close. I have always preferred the winters as you can always put on more clothes to keep you warm where as in summer you can only take off so many layers. Otherwise the kids will laugh at me and the ladys will swoon.
One place to consider is San Diego. It doesn't have much humidity and the weather is fairly consistent from season to season. But, the only seasons are more wild fires or less.
Now comes to the rude part of my reply. I just moved to the mountains of Colorado. It can get to the mid 90's on occasion but it is usually high 70's to mid 80's. As for humidity, well, they do report it but 80% humidity here does not compare to 80% humidity back in Minnesota. And as for the winters, well, it can get below 0 but not often. And we do have all that lovely snow. But, (here is the rude part) DON'T move here. There are already too many people here. I mean I had to wait for the 4 cars to drive past my street before I was able to pull out.
But 3 of the 4 cars were jeeps, the other was a subie.
Okay, you people who drive jeeps can move here. And even a few of you subie and volvo drivers. But, no escalades. They are too big.
Thank you all for your informative, humourous and thought provoking comments. I am at work and a bit bored as there isn't much traffic here at the mountain and I have been reading this thread most of the day.