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The coldest city in every state

Stacker analyzed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data to determine the coldest cities in every U.S. state.

Daniel Dennerline
Posted 12/7/23

Stacker analyzed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data to determine the coldest cities in every U.S. state.

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The coldest city in every state

Stacker analyzed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data to determine the coldest cities in every U.S. state.

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Pedestrians in a city during a severe blizzard.

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The warmer months of the year are often cherished as a time of adventure and excitement, but after a summer scientists have declared the hottest on record, many are ready to embrace the cooler weather autumn and winter typically bring. While not every state gets particularly cold—especially places with notoriously mild winters like Florida—each has a city that is typically colder than the rest.

Citing data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Stacker identified the coldest city in every state. The list below is based on five-year average temperatures from January 2018 to December 2022 and also includes the average daily minimum and maximum temperatures for each ranked city. Cities are ranked relative to the entire national dataset of 214 cities.

Some of these locations experience a full range of temperatures annually—from very high temperatures in the summer to nail-bitingly cold temperatures in the winter. Others simply experience cooler versions of their typically warm (or cold) weather. But whether you're looking to hike glaciers and ski down snow-packed mountains or just to enjoy a pleasant reprieve from the heat, there is likely a city here that meets your winter needs.

Alabama: Huntsville

Pond in Huntsville.

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- #142. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 62.6 F
- Average daily maximum: 73.2 F
- Average daily minimum: 52 F

Alaska: Utqiaġvik

 Barrow, the most northern part of Alaska.

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- #1. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 16.5 F
- Average daily maximum: 22 F
- Average daily minimum: 11.1 F

Arizona: Flagstaff

Snowy skyline of Flagstaff in December.

Tim Roberts Photography // Shutterstock

- #30. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 47.3 F
- Average daily maximum: 62.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 32.4 F

Arkansas: Little Rock

Little Rock Winter Skyline.

Graves Creative Design // Shutterstock

- #141. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 62.4 F
- Average daily maximum: 72.7 F
- Average daily minimum: 52.1 F

California: Eureka

Historic downtown Eureka.

Matt Gush // Shutterstock

- #76. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 52.5 F
- Average daily maximum: 59.2 F
- Average daily minimum: 45.7 F

Colorado: Alamosa

Aerial view of Alamosa during winter.

Jacob Boomsma // Shutterstock

- #8. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 43.5 F
- Average daily maximum: 62.5 F
- Average daily minimum: 24.5 F

Connecticut: Hartford

Snowy Capitol building in Hartford.

Jennifer Yakey-Ault // Shutterstock

- #71. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 52.2 F
- Average daily maximum: 62.4 F
- Average daily minimum: 42 F

Delaware: Wilmington

Wilmington skyline along the Christiana River.

Paul Brady Photography // Shutterstock

- #110. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 56.6 F
- Average daily maximum: 65.9 F
- Average daily minimum: 47.3 F

Florida: Tallahassee

Tallahassee downtown skyline.

Sean Pavone // Shutterstock

- #177. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 69.7 F
- Average daily maximum: 80.7 F
- Average daily minimum: 58.8 F

Georgia: Atlanta

Aerial view of Atlanta, Georgia in winter.

Mark F Lotterhand // Shutterstock

- #154. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 64.9 F
- Average daily maximum: 74 F
- Average daily minimum: 55.8 F

Hawaii: Hilo

Aerial view of rural Hilo, Hawaii.

Vanessa Belfiore // Shutterstock

- #50. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 76.2 F
- Average daily maximum: 83.5 F
- Average daily minimum: 69.1 F

Idaho: Pocatello

A winter scene of a country ranch home and barn covered in snow in the mountains of North Idaho.

Kirk Fisher // Shutterstock

- #32. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 47.4 F
- Average daily maximum: 61 F
- Average daily minimum: 33.7 F

Illinois: Rockford

Main Street District sign in Rockford.

Cheri Alguire // Shutterstock

- #53. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 50.2 F
- Average daily maximum: 60.1 F
- Average daily minimum: 40.4 F

Indiana: South Bend

South Bend buildings on a sunny day.

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- #59. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 51.3 F
- Average daily maximum: 60.5 F
- Average daily minimum: 42 F

Iowa: Dubuque

Historical buildings in downtown Dubuque.

Dawid S Swierczek // Shutterstock

- #33. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 47.5 F
- Average daily maximum: 56.7 F
- Average daily minimum: 38.3 F

Kansas: Goodland

A windmill in a snowy winter landscape.

Kimberly's Impressions // Shutterstock

- #69. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 52.1 F
- Average daily maximum: 66.9 F
- Average daily minimum: 37.4 F

Kentucky: Lexington

Lexington skyline.

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- #100. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 55.6 F
- Average daily maximum: 65.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 46 F

Louisiana: Monroe

Scene after Winter Storm Uri in Northeast Louisiana.

Hegearl // Shutterstock

- #164. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 66.7 F
- Average daily maximum: 77.5 F
- Average daily minimum: 56 F

Maine: Caribou

Rural winter scene.

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- #3. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 41.7 F
- Average daily maximum: 51.6 F
- Average daily minimum: 31.8 F

Maryland: Baltimore

Baltimore’s Patterson Park Pagoda in the snow.

Jon Bilous // Shutterstock

- #122. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 58.1 F
- Average daily maximum: 68.1 F
- Average daily minimum: 48.1 F

Massachusetts: Worcester

Worcester cityscape.

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- #49. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 49.9 F
- Average daily maximum: 58 F
- Average daily minimum: 41.8 F

Michigan: Sault Ste. Marie

International bridge to Sault Ste. Marie in winter.

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- #7. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 43.1 F
- Average daily maximum: 51.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 34.8 F

Minnesota: Rochester

Silver Lake Park and tall buildings in Downtown Rochester.

Bob Pool // Shutterstock

- #14. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 44.6 F
- Average daily maximum: 53.7 F
- Average daily minimum: 35.4 F

Mississippi: Tupelo

Tupelo City Hall.

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- #152. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 64.7 F
- Average daily maximum: 75.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 54.1 F

Missouri: Kansas City

The skyline of Kansas City from an aerial view.

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- #100. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 55.6 F
- Average daily maximum: 65.6 F
- Average daily minimum: 45.6 F

Montana: Kalispell

Scenic street view with shops and hotels in Kalispell.

Nick Fox // Shutterstock

- #8. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 43.5 F
- Average daily maximum: 55.9 F
- Average daily minimum: 31.2 F

Nebraska: Scottsbluff

Aerial View of Downtown Scottsbluff, Nebraska in Winter.

Jacob Boomsma // Shutterstock

- #51. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 50 F
- Average daily maximum: 65.2 F
- Average daily minimum: 34.8 F

Nevada: Ely

Route 50 in Ely with mountain range in the background.

Sandra Foyt // Shutterstock

- #24. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 46.2 F
- Average daily maximum: 63.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 29.1 F

New Hampshire: Mount Washington

Sign for the Mount Washington Summit.

Cory Knowlton // Shutterstock

- #1. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 29 F
- Average daily maximum: 35.2 F
- Average daily minimum: 22.7 F

New Jersey: Atlantic City

Atlantic City beach in winter.

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- #106. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 56.1 F
- Average daily maximum: 65.8 F
- Average daily minimum: 46.4 F

New Mexico: Albuquerque

A gondola on Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway.

PICTOR PICTURES // Shutterstock

- #125. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 58.6 F
- Average daily maximum: 71.1 F
- Average daily minimum: 45.9 F

New York: Binghamton

Downtown Binghamton in winter.

Paul Juser // Shutterstock

- #28. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 47.2 F
- Average daily maximum: 55.4 F
- Average daily minimum: 39 F

North Carolina: Asheville

The skyline of downtown Asheville at sunset.

Derek Olson Photography // Shutterstock

- #119. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 57.8 F
- Average daily maximum: 67.8 F
- Average daily minimum: 47.7 F

North Dakota: Grand Forks

Cityscape of Grand Forks.

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- #2. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 39.6 F
- Average daily maximum: 50.7 F
- Average daily minimum: 28.5 F

Ohio: Cleveland

Heavy snow on a side street in Cleveland.

John Judnick // Shutterstock

- #72. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 52.3 F
- Average daily maximum: 60.7 F
- Average daily minimum: 43.9 F

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City

Downtown Oklahoma City.

Gerson Repreza // Shutterstock

- #132. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 60.3 F
- Average daily maximum: 71.5 F
- Average daily minimum: 49 F

Oregon: Astoria

The Liberty Theater and downtown Astoria.

Bob Pool // Shutterstock

- #65. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 51.7 F
- Average daily maximum: 58.8 F
- Average daily minimum: 44.5 F

Pennsylvania: Scranton

View of the Scranton Electric Building and statue of George Washington.

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- #72. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 52.3 F
- Average daily maximum: 61.7 F
- Average daily minimum: 43 F

Rhode Island: Providence

Winter skyline of Providence.

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- #84. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 53.3 F
- Average daily maximum: 62.2 F
- Average daily minimum: 44.3 F

South Carolina: Columbia

A Christmas tree at night in front of the capitol building.

Ruoshi Cao // Getty Images

- #156. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 65.4 F
- Average daily maximum: 76.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 54.4 F

South Dakota: Aberdeen

Aerial view of Aberdeen in winter.

Jacob Boomsma // Shutterstock

- #13. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 44.3 F
- Average daily maximum: 56.2 F
- Average daily minimum: 32.5 F

Tennessee: Johnson City

Colony Park Drive in Johnson City.

Donald R Slaughter // Shutterstock

- #121. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 58 F
- Average daily maximum: 69.6 F
- Average daily minimum: 46.5 F

Texas: Amarillo

Amarillo cityscape.

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- #126. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 59 F
- Average daily maximum: 73.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 44.7 F

Utah: Cedar City

Aerial view of a street in Cedar City.

Abdulelah Fakhrani // Shutterstock

- #62. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 51.6 F
- Average daily maximum: 66.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 37 F

Vermont: Montpelier

Houses covered in snow in Montpelier.

yegorovnick // Shutterstock

- #17. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 45.5 F
- Average daily maximum: 55.5 F
- Average daily minimum: 35.5 F

Virginia: Washington (Dulles)

Snow blankets the grounds around pond in the Herndon-Dulles Technology Corridor.

Cvandyke // Shutterstock

- #114. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 57 F
- Average daily maximum: 67.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 46.7 F

Washington: Spokane

The Great Northern Clocktower and Riverfront Park with snowfall.

Kirk Fisher // Shutterstock

- #44. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 49.2 F
- Average daily maximum: 58.5 F
- Average daily minimum: 39.9 F

West Virginia: Elkins

Downtown Elkins.

David Harmantas // Shutterstock

- #78. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 52.6 F
- Average daily maximum: 64.3 F
- Average daily minimum: 41 F

Wisconsin: Wausau

Ski resort in the winter in Wisconsin.

Apaullo // Shutterstock

- #19. nationally (tie)
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 45.5 F
- Average daily maximum: 54.8 F
- Average daily minimum: 36.1 F

Wyoming: Casper

Aerial view of Downtown Casper at dusk.

Jacob Boomsma // Shutterstock

- #15. nationally
- Average temperature, 2018-2022: 45.2 F
- Average daily maximum: 59.6 F
- Average daily minimum: 30.7 F

Story editing by Jeff Inglis. Copy editing by Paris Close.