Every winter seems a little different from the one before, and nothing is as notoriously unpredictable as the weather. The expectation of a harsh winter is part of life in many parts of the country. And in certain sections of the Northern United States, average temperatures during winter would make anyone cringe.
Using daily temperatures tracked over a 30-year period, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines the normal high and low temperatures for every month for over 250 cities. (Here are the 50 hottest cities in America).
To identify America’s 50 coldest cities, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the minimum average temperature for the coldest month from 1981 to 2010 for every place tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau with at least 10,000 residents. This is the latest data available. We added population, the lowest temperature on record, and annual average snowfall for each city listed. For more on snowfall, see: the snowiest counties in every state.
Most of the cities on this list are located in the Midwest, with the top 10 coldest cities mostly in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Overall, the list includes cities from 19 states. Six of the 50 coldest cities are in Nebraska and another six are in Wisconsin — tied for the most of any state.