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Coldest US Cities Quiz

Name the coldest cities in the United States, by the average yearly temperature.
  • Average of high and low temperatures, 1981-2010
  • Cities with a population over 200,000 and that are the main city in their metro area
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jul 25, 2016
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Temperature
City
37.0 °F
46.2 °F
46.4 °F
47.8 °F
48.1 °F
48.2 °F
48.3 °F
48.9 °F
50.3 °F
50.4 °F
Temperature
City
50.4 °F
50.4 °F
50.4 °F
50.9 °F
51.3 °F
51.5 °F
51.5 °F
51.5 °F
51.5 °F
52.4 °F
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(34)
Really? I'm thinking really cold places. Fifty degrees ain't cold!
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Dec 7, 2013
(25)
This is year-round average - including summer.
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Dec 10, 2013
(51)
As Earl said, this is the year-round average. Also remember that average does not mean what the temperature usually is. For instance, where I live gets up to the 70s, sometimes 80s, and occasionally, 90s in the summer. But in the winter it can get to -40, -50, sometimes even -60. If you go by the high being 70 and the low being -40, the average yearly temperature would be 55. But that does not at all represent how cold or how hot it can (and can be expected) to get here. Granted, that's the yearly temperature. I'm assuming these statistics are going by the daily average (adding the temperatures of each day together throughout the year, then dividing that), which would bring that number down significantly for most places.
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Jul 22, 2015
(67)
That's what I thought when I saw the numbers... then I realised they weren't in Celsius.
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Jun 10, 2016
(65)
Buffalo and Rochester pretty high on the list, but no Syracuse? Thought the proximity should make them close.
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Dec 7, 2013
(35)
Syracuse is under 200,000 people
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Dec 8, 2013
(60)
Juneau isn't cold?
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Dec 7, 2013
(54)
Juneau only has a population of ~35,000...well below the 200k required to qualify according to the instructions
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Dec 7, 2013
(54)
I thought that MSP was even colder than Anchorage. Guess not.
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Feb 18, 2014
(70)
Sometimes it is, but on average, no.
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Jan 3, 2017
(43)
Anchorage is relatively temperate due to being close to the sea. It certainly can get cold, but it also doesn't get very hot, much like Portland and Seattle. If it cracks 80 up here, people go nuts.
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Jan 3, 2017
(54)
Interesting. Yeah it gets above 80 Fahrenheit pretty regularly in the Twin Cities during the Summer, so it makes sense that Anchorage is colder on average then.
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Jan 3, 2017
(56)
tough one....some of these places I didn't think were over 200,000 population.
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Apr 24, 2014
(70)
I don't like cold weather. Why do I live exactly in the center of #2, 3, and 4 on this list?
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Jun 23, 2014
(69)
I only missed Reno and Fort Wayne. Not bad for a belgian guy who uses celsius degrees :p.
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Aug 4, 2014
(57)
so Anchorage 2° C and Minneapolis 7° C
pretty cold
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Aug 11, 2014
(24)
Barrow is in Alaska and North of the Arctic circle, surely that should be here?
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Aug 16, 2014
(69)
Less than 200,000 population.
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Nov 15, 2014
(69)
Damn it I used to live in Rochester and totally forgot it. Rochester is the reason I decided to never live in a cold place again.
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Aug 10, 2016
(30)
I understand that this is 200,000+ cities but it still frustrates me that this leaves out obvious places like Cheyenne, Wy and Helena, Mt both of which are arguably colder than Minneapolis. Still, nice quiz!
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Dec 15, 2016
(65)
With no population limit, the quiz would probably be dominated by Rocky Mountain towns or villages in northern Alaska.
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Jan 2, 2017
(21)
Was it me or is Juneau not on here? I think I spelled it like 10 and 90% were spelled incorrect.
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Jan 2, 2017
(26)
Not a big enough city.
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Jan 2, 2017
(21)
Thought I typed Pittsburgh. What about Seattle?
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Jan 2, 2017
(32)
Seattle is 51.95 which would put it ahead of Boise. Using 1981-2010 data must be different number.
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Jan 2, 2017
(32)
Using the most current official NOAA data which 1981-2010 Seattle is 52.6, just outside the list.
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Jan 2, 2017
(39)
What about all the other cities in Alaska? Like Juneau?
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Jan 3, 2017
(60)
Too small. Only cities with 200,000 population or more are included.
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Jan 3, 2017
(46)
Which Lincoln is it? Although most cities are obvious, please add states in the answer for clarification. Thank you!
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Jan 3, 2017
(68)
Are there any other than Lincoln, NE, with a population over 200,000? No.
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Jan 6, 2017
(24)
Minneapolis is on the list and St Paul isn't?.
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Jan 12, 2017
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