Top 15 coldest big cities in the United States
As December is just starting, Winter is coming hard on us! It makes it a perfect timing to list the 15 coldest big cities in the United States. So what cities should you avoid until the month of April so you don’t turn into a snowman? Here is the list!
Average monthly minimum temperature: 16.5 F
Chicago is not called the Windy City for nothing, it is definitely the coldest very big city in the United States!
Syracuse, New York
Average monthly minimum temperature: 15.7 F
Unlike the Sicilian city its name is based on, Syracuse is freezing and the coldest big city in the state of New York.
Average monthly minimum temperature: 15.6 F
If you planned on staying in Milwaukee for the winter, you’d better stay inside and enjoy its famous breweries to keep you warm.
Average monthly minimum temperature: 15.3 F
Except the sad story of the contaminated drinking water, Flint is also famous for being the coldest big city of the state of Michigan.
Average monthly minimum temperature: 14.5 F
The capital city of Nebraska is freezing, so if your passing by just enjoy some meat in the Steak Capital of the World and find a restaurant with a good heating system.
Average monthly minimum temperature: 14.0 F
Pueblo is called the Steel City because of its steel industry but could also be called the Ice City with its average monthly minimum temperature of 14 F. It is the coldest city in Colorado.
Average monthly minimum temperature: 13.5 F
If you’re spending the winter in Rockford you should know it is also nicknamed Screw City. Therefore, you know what to do to keep yourself warm.
Des Moines, Iowa
Average monthly minimum temperature: 11.4 F
Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa and also a major center of insurance industry in the United States. You should probably subscribe one so you get covered in case you turn into an ice cube.
Average monthly minimum temperature: 11.1 F
Madison is nicknamed Mad City, probably because some of its inhabitants lost their mind because of the average monthly minimum temperature of 11.1 F. You can still party to get warm and enjoy the beautiful lakes if you can endure the cold!
Average monthly minimum temperature: 11.1 F
Obviously, the biggest city in Alaska appears in this list. Almost half of people living in the state of Alaska gather in the city of Anchorage to create a bit of human heat and survive the harsh weather conditions.
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Average monthly minimum temperature: 9.0 F
Like their football team, Green Bay’s weather doesn’t mess around with outsiders. Get prepared to survive a freezing 9.0 F temperature in the Packer’s city.
Average monthly minimum temperature: 7.7 F
Rochester is often rated as one of the best places to live in the United States. However, you’d better be prepared for some extreme cold before you enjoy the pleasures of this city.
Average monthly minimum temperature: 7.5 F
Minneapolis is the largest and most iconic city of the state of Minnesota. Get your timber wolf pelt on your back and explore the local arts and musical scene!
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Average monthly minimum temperature: 6.9 F
Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota, is called the Best Little City in America. However, Sioux Falls is not that little anymore and is in need of a new nickname. Why not the Ice Queen City?
Fargo, North Dakota
Average monthly minimum temperature: 0.1 F
Made internationally famous by the classic movie from the Coen Brothers and the TV show more recently, Fargo is the main city of North Dakota. And while the city is the lung of its region, it also has some pretty harsh weather conditions with an average monthly minimum temperature of 0.1 F! It definitely makes Fargo the coldest big city in the United States.
0. Fairbanks, Alaska
Average monthly minimum temperature: -16.9 F
Fairbanks, Alaska, is not in this top 15 because it has only around 32 000 population. However, we have to talk about it as its average monthly minimum temperature drops to -16.9 F! Fairbanks is the coldest city in the United States and one of the coldest on the whole planet!
Now that we have seen the 15 cities you should avoid this winter if you’re sensitive, let’s note that all those cities are actually beautiful and have their own personalities! Give us your opinion in the comments if you live in one of those cities!
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