What is the coldest city in the U.S.?

  • Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Williston, North Dakota
  • Fairbanks, Alaska correct

    Fairbanks, Alaska. 2015 is already the coldest winter since 1979. Cities as far south as Washington, D.C., have seen subzero temperatures while others have been ravaged by snow. While extreme winters may be anomalous in some of these areas, many places in the United States experience extreme cold every year. Fairbanks, Alaska, for example, averaged Fahrenheit temperatures of nearly 17 degrees below zero between 1981 and 2010. Severe cold is not confined to Alaska, however. Almost all of the coldest cities in the United States are located in the lower 48 states. To determine the 50 coldest cities, 24/7 Wall St. used data on the minimum monthly temperature between 1981 and 2010 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) 2012 "Comparative Climatic Data" report.

  • Duluth, Minnesota
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