5 Coldest Cities in America

By Jon Erdman
Published: October 29, 2013

The Frigid Five

A snowflake magnified under a microscope. (Credit: Michael Peres)

We all have our "personal thermostats". If you're married, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Cold isn't simply an inconvenience, for some. Did you know there's a condition called "cold urticaria" allergy to cold? (No, this isn't a sarcastic jab at South Floridians.) According to a USA Today article published on Jan. 24, 2012, researchers don't yet understand how it develops or how widespread it is, but it is real.

iWitnessWeather contributor kleintra

Is this too cold for you?

We examined the latest 30-year average annual temperature data from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center to come up with our five coldest cities.

We limited the list to cities with populations of at least 5,000 as of the 2010 census, with one major exception.

To keep this list from being dominated by one or two states, we simply picked the coldest locations in each of the states, then took the top 5 coldest of that list.

So, grab an extra blanket or's time to shiver through the list starting with #5.

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