5 Coldest Cities in America

By Jon Erdman
Published: October 29, 2013

#2: International Falls, Minnesota

He does not let the cold, snow and slush keep him off the lake. Near Makinen in northern Minnesota from iWitness Weather contributor pauplu.

Perhaps no town or city in the U.S. has the cold cachet like International Falls, Minn.

Average annual temperature:37.8 degrees
Subzero days/year:58 days
All-time record low:-55 degrees
Average last freeze:May 26
Average first freeze:September 15
Population (2010 census):6424

The nickname "Icebox of the Nation" is not only boasted, but was fought over. A battle with Fraser, Colo. for rights to use the name dating back to 1996, was finally resolved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in January 2008.

International Falls was even honored by a fictional name, Frostbite Falls, in "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" cartoon from the late '50s through the early '70s.

Subzero cold has been observed as early as November 2 and as late as April 7. There was once a freeze the week after July 4th and as early as August 20. In an average year, 197 days have a freeze!

So, what could possibly be colder than the "Nation's Icebox"? Time to visit Alaska.

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