Windiest small town: Dodge City, Kansas
Some of America’s windiest places are in the Midwest. Chicago, of course, is known as the Windy City. Despite breezes sometimes blowing off Lake Michigan, most people attribute the nickname to the city’s history of long-winded politicians, not the weather. The data agrees, showing that a number of U.S. towns have stronger drafts. The stiffest can be found in Dodge City.
The average wind speed is just under 14 mph in southwestern Kansas. There are locations in the U.S. with higher averages, but this is the windiest place with a significant population (roughly 27,000 people). That 14 mph is quite consistent. Yes, Kansas is in Tornado Alley, but the winds sweeping down off the Rockies and into the Plains play a bigger role than the occasional twister does in setting that high average. A similar downslope wind pattern affects one of the other windiest towns in America: Amarillo, Texas.