The 5 coldest cities in America

It is COLD outside-- but it could always be a lot worse, right? Unless you’re living somewhere with the absolute lowest temperatures in America. 

These are the 5 coldest cities, according to the latest data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

5. Duluth, Minnesota. Here can expect extreme cold and blizzards. Of the top five, Duluth has the highest average snowfall of 81.5 inches each year.

Average monthly minimum temperature: 1.5 F

Population: 86,293 (2016)

4. Williston, North Dakota. It has the fewest citizens in the top 5 cities, but the population is rapidly increased the past few years thanks to a new oil-rich economy. City officials invested in infrastructure and we’re sure the heating systems are top notch.

Average monthly minimum temperature: 0.1 F

Population: 26,426 (2016)

3. Fargo, North Dakota. It’s the state’s largest (and most famous) city. Fargo may be ice-cold, but it’s the center of commerce, agriculture, and industry in North Dakota. It has also consistently been named as one of Forbes’ best small cities to start a business or career-- and we don’t just mean clearing snow.

Average monthly minimum temperature: 0.1 F

Population: 120,762 (2016)

2. Grand Forks, North Dakota. This is the coldest city in the contiguous 48. Interestingly, they’re also one of the largest producers of honey in the country. If their bees can live through those bitter winters, then so can the citizens of Grand Forks.

Average monthly minimum temperature: -3.1 F

Population: 57,339 (2016)

1. Fairbanks, Alaska. Just a few hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks has a brutal average monthly minimum of negative 16.9 degrees. But if you’re prepared for it, Fairbanks also has hundreds of miles of cross-country ski trails, the World Ice Art Championships, and a clear view of The Northern Lights more than half the year.

Average monthly minimum temperature: -16.9 F

Population: 32,751 (2016)

So bundle up, stay safe, and let dreams of summertime keep you warm.