Google customizes search results based on user search history, device usage and current location – especially if local intent is present.
In order to see past customization and view search results as they would appear if you were in another location a little tweaking is in order.
Adding the Near Parameter to a search query URL is currently the most efficient way to check Google search engine results for a city that you are not actively located in without the use of a rank tracker.
Example Coffee Shop Search Query URL:
Example Portland Coffee Shop Search Query URL with Near Parameter:
Example Boise Ice Cream Search Query URL with Near Parameter:
Simply replace the search term and city in the examples above and copy/paste into your web browser address bar to conduct your own city specific searches. While not a perfect solution, adding the Near Parameter to search query URLs gets the job done.