Special Report

Coldest Town in Every State

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Temperatures dipped below 10 degrees Fahrenheit across much of the northern United States this week. Still, average temperatures between Jan. 17 and 23, 2021 were consistently higher than historical norms for that period in nearly every part of the country, following the long-term trend of global warming.

It remains to be seen how temperatures this winter, as well as the entire year, will compare to 2020 and the historical norm. With an average temperature in the contiguous U.S. of 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit — 2.4 degrees above the 20th century average — 2020 ranked as the fifth-warmest year in the 126-year record. The five warmest years on record have all occurred since 2012, and no areas in the United States reported below-average annual temperatures in 2020.

At the same, it is important to note that temperatures during winter do not necessarily follow the long-term pattern of annual average temperature. In fact, over the past 15 years, there were as many warmer-than-normal winters as there were colder-than-normal ones, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) winter outlook for 2020-21.

Spanning many climate zones, the United States can experience both extreme hot and cold temperatures. 24/7 Wall St. has determined the coldest town in each state by identifying those places with the lowest average annual temperatures, based on data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Many of the coldest towns are found in more rural areas. Urban areas are filled with concrete and asphalt, which absorb thermal and solar energy at much higher rates than natural landscapes and therefore often have higher temperatures than rural areas. Other factors, like the concentration of industry and automobiles, also help explain why temperatures tend to be higher in cities. Here is the hottest city in each state.

One town may also be colder than another due to several geographic features, including elevation, proximity to bodies of water, and distance from the equator. These factors similarly affect the coldest places on the planet where people live, some of which are in North America.

Click here to see the coldest town in every state.

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1. Alabama
> Coldest town: Hamilton
> Avg. low temp.: 45.8° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 26.2° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 94

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2. Alaska
> Coldest town: Deadhorse
> Avg. low temp.: 11.6° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -23.1° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 291.9

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3. Arizona
> Coldest town: Bellemont
> Avg. low temp.: 25.8° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 11° F (December)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 246.7

Source: Courtesy of Lead Hill Chamber of Commerce via Facebook

4. Arkansas
> Coldest town: Lead Hill
> Avg. low temp.: 43.6° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 21.8° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 109.1

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5. California
> Coldest town: Boca
> Avg. low temp.: 24.1° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 11° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 269.2

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6. Colorado
> Coldest town: Crested Butte
> Avg. low temp.: 17.7° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -7.6° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 265.7

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7. Connecticut
> Coldest town: Norfolk
> Avg. low temp.: 36.4° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 12.8° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 150.6

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8. Delaware
> Coldest town: Bear
> Avg. low temp.: 43.8° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 23.1° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 106.8

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9. Florida
> Coldest town: Milton
> Avg. low temp.: 53.2° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 36° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 37.4

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10. Georgia
> Coldest town: Blairsville
> Avg. low temp.: 43.2° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 24.8° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 102.7

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11. Hawaii
> Coldest town: Kula
> Avg. low temp.: 55.7° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 52.6° F (February)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 0

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12. Idaho
> Coldest town: Stanley
> Avg. low temp.: 17.6° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -1.8° F (December)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 291.6

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13. Illinois
> Coldest town: Streamwood
> Avg. low temp.: 34.8° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 10.6° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 161.5

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14. Indiana
> Coldest town: Wanatah
> Avg. low temp.: 37.3° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 13.3° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 145.7

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15. Iowa
> Coldest town: Sheldon
> Avg. low temp.: 32.5° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 3.7° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 178.9

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16. Kansas
> Coldest town: Goodland
> Avg. low temp.: 34.4° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 13.1° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 173.5

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17. Kentucky
> Coldest town: Grayson
> Avg. low temp.: 39.3° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 20.2° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 132.7

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18. Louisiana
> Coldest town: Monroe
> Avg. low temp.: 50.1° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 31.2° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 61.5

Source: NOAA / Wikimedia Commons

19. Maine
> Coldest town: Allagash
> Avg. low temp.: 24.5° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -7.6° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 208.1

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20. Maryland
> Coldest town: Oakland
> Avg. low temp.: 36.6° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 15.8° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 151

Source: Kindra Clineff / Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

21. Massachusetts
> Coldest town: Ashfield
> Avg. low temp.: 32.1° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 9.4° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 180.4

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22. Michigan
> Coldest town: Clarksburg
> Avg. low temp.: 25.4° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -0.1° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 212.3

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23. Minnesota
> Coldest town: Embarrass
> Avg. low temp.: 22.2° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -6.2° F (February)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 227.2

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24. Mississippi
> Coldest town: Holly Springs
> Avg. low temp.: 46.3° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 26.7° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 87.2

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25. Missouri
> Coldest town: Bunker
> Avg. low temp.: 38.6° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 15.1° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 137.2

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26. Montana
> Coldest town: Wisdom
> Avg. low temp.: 19.2° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 1° F (December)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 277.2

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27. Nebraska
> Coldest town: Agate
> Avg. low temp.: 29.0° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 7.8° F (December)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 202.6

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28. Nevada
> Coldest town: Mountain City
> Avg. low temp.: 24.4° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 9.9° F (December)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 247.4

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29. New Hampshire
> Coldest town: Colebrook
> Avg. low temp.: 28.0° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -0.5° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 196

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30. New Jersey
> Coldest town: Sussex
> Avg. low temp.: 37.9° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 15.8° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 142.6

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31. New Mexico
> Coldest town: Eagle Nest
> Avg. low temp.: 22.8° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 1.7° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 239.2

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32. New York
> Coldest town: Saranac
> Avg. low temp.: 27.4° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 1.6° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 201.4

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33. North Carolina
> Coldest town: Jefferson
> Avg. low temp.: 38.0° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 20.4° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 140.3

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34. North Dakota
> Coldest town: Belcourt
> Avg. low temp.: 24.7° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -6.2° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 205.2

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35. Ohio
> Coldest town: Canfield
> Avg. low temp.: 36.3° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 14.5° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 152.2

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36. Oklahoma
> Coldest town: Boise City
> Avg. low temp.: 40.1° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 19.9° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 133.8

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37. Oregon
> Coldest town: Seneca
> Avg. low temp.: 24.7° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 11.3° F (December)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 247.7

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38. Pennsylvania
> Coldest town: Clarence
> Avg. low temp.: 32.2° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 12.8° F (February)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 184

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39. Rhode Island
> Coldest town: Kingston
> Avg. low temp.: 39.0° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 18.4° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 135.6

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40. South Carolina
> Coldest town: Salem
> Avg. low temp.: 44.4° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 25.3° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 99.2

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41. South Dakota
> Coldest town: Rochford
> Avg. low temp.: 21.3° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 3.1° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 256.8

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42. Tennessee
> Coldest town: Mountain City
> Avg. low temp.: 39.8° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 21.6° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 126.4

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43. Texas
> Coldest town: Dalhart
> Avg. low temp.: 37.5° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 16.8° F (December)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 152.8

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44. Utah
> Coldest town: Coalville
> Avg. low temp.: 21.9° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 4.7° F (December)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 258.4

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45. Vermont
> Coldest town: Sutton
> Avg. low temp.: 26.4° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -1° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 204.8

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46. Virginia
> Coldest town: Monterey
> Avg. low temp.: 35.5° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 16.2° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 157.5

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47. Washington
> Coldest town: Republic
> Avg. low temp.: 31.7° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 16.1° F (December)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 181.4

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48. West Virginia
> Coldest town: Marlinton
> Avg. low temp.: 33.2° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 13.4° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 177.8

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49. Wisconsin
> Coldest town: Butternut
> Avg. low temp.: 27.6° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: 0.8° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 195.4

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50. Wyoming
> Coldest town: Bondurant
> Avg. low temp.: 18.7° F
> Avg. low temp. during coldest month: -3.1° F (January)
> Avg. no. of days that reach 32° F or below: 264.9

Methodology

To identify the coldest town in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the average minimum temperature for the years between 1981 and 2010 for U.S. cities with data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA collects temperatures observed by local weather stations.

Additional data points, including average low temperatures during the coldest month in each town and the average number of days when the temperature falls to 32°F or below also come from the NOAA. These averages include all years between 1981 and 2010 for which data is available.

Census-designated places and township communities were included in addition to towns for certain states where the required data sets were available.

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