It’s been very hot in most of the country the past few weeks and there’s no better way to escape the heat and humidity than a dip in the pool. Unfortunately in some areas of the country, backyard pools aren’t common, or even feasible.

Well, a new report by the lawn care company LawnStarter reveals the best U.S. Cities to Own A Pool. They looked at around 200 of the largest U.S. cities to find which ones are most “pool-ready,” based on climate, yard size, costs, access to the installation, and maintenance. They also judged areas on how many homes have pools, as a way to see if an area embraces pool culture. Not surprisingly, topping the list is a year-round warm weather city, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with an overall score of 65.32, landing at four for pool readiness and six for the climate.

So which North Carolina city came in at number eight? Cary, North Carolina!

Top Ten Cities

  1. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  2. Scottsdale, AZ
  3. Cape Coral, FL
  4. Plano, TX
  5. Frisco, TX
  6. McKinney, TX
  7. Austin, TX
  8. Cary, NC
  9. Hollywood, FL
  10. Alexandria, VA


As for the worst city, that would be Cleveland, Ohio, which scores just 26.17, landing close to the bottom for maintenance and installation.