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Coldest US Cities Quiz

Name the coldest cities in the United States, by 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
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First submittedDecember 20, 2010
Last updatedJune 20, 2019
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Temperature
City
37.0 °F
Anchorage
46.2 °F
Minneapolis
46.5 °F
Madison
47.9 °F
Milwaukee
48.1 °F
Spokane
48.2 °F
Rochester
48.4 °F
Buffalo
49.0 °F
Colorado Springs
49.0 °F
Grand Rapids
49.4 °F
Boise
Temperature
City
50.4 °F
Detroit
50.4 °F
Toledo
50.5 °F
Denver
50.5 °F
Fort Wayne
51.0 °F
Omaha
51.0 °F
Des Moines
51.3 °F
Pittsburgh
51.4 °F
Chicago
51.5 °F
Boston
51.5 °F
Cleveland
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level 33
Dec 7, 2013
Really? I'm thinking really cold places. Fifty degrees ain't cold!
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level 55
Jul 22, 2015
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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level 85
Jun 18, 2019
akwildrose, wouldn't the average temperature be 15 in your scenario? 70+(-)40=30. 30/2=15. That would make sense as 15 is 55 away from -40 and 55 away from 70... Unless I am missing something?
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level 60
Jun 18, 2019
Well, he/she forgot the - in -40.
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level 76
Jun 10, 2016
That's what I thought when I saw the numbers... then I realised they weren't in Celsius.
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level 68
Dec 7, 2013
Buffalo and Rochester pretty high on the list, but no Syracuse? Thought the proximity should make them close.
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level 34
Dec 8, 2013
Syracuse is under 200,000 people
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level 37
Mar 21, 2017
Rochester, MN
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level ∞
Jun 17, 2019
It is Rochester, NY. Rochester, MN is not populous enough to qualify.
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level 56
Feb 18, 2014
I thought that MSP was even colder than Anchorage. Guess not.
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level 79
Jan 3, 2017
Sometimes it is, but on average, no.
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level 49
Jan 3, 2017
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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level 56
Jan 3, 2017
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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level 59
Apr 24, 2014
tough one....some of these places I didn't think were over 200,000 population.
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level 75
Jun 23, 2014
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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level 77
Aug 4, 2014
I only missed Reno and Fort Wayne. Not bad for a belgian guy who uses celsius degrees :p.
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level 39
Aug 16, 2014
Barrow is in Alaska and North of the Arctic circle, surely that should be here?
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level 75
Nov 15, 2014
Less than 200,000 population.
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level 71
Jun 17, 2019
By about 195,000...
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level 77
Aug 10, 2016
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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level 33
Jan 2, 2017
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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level 25
Jan 2, 2017
Not a big enough city.
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level 69
Jul 17, 2018
You should have read the directions 1 time.
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level 60
Jan 3, 2017
What about all the other cities in Alaska? Like Juneau?
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level 63
Jan 3, 2017
Too small. Only cities with 200,000 population or more are included.
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level 37
Mar 21, 2017
International Falls, MN is the coldest city in MN and the coldest city in the Continental US
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level 65
Jul 12, 2017
I got the four that are 76% and nothing else. GOOD FOR ME :P
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level 69
Jul 17, 2018
Was there a single comment thread started that didn't wonder why a city wasn't included, when they didn't read the caveats or couldn't just google that their little nominee had X number of people?
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level 76
Jun 17, 2019
Yes, see below.
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level 35
Dec 10, 2018
*types Anchorage* *realizes I don't know any other Alaskan cities*
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level 21
Feb 1, 2019
The rest of the Alaskan cities doesn't have a more than 200,000 people
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level 76
Jun 17, 2019
According to Boise's Wikipedia page, its 2017 population was 226,570, and its mean daily temperature is 49.4.
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level ∞
Jun 18, 2019
Okay
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level 47
Jun 19, 2019
Is there a quiz like this that has the actual top 20 coldest cities in the US? Without the population minimum? That would be hard but good
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level ∞
Jun 19, 2019
No. I'm guessing it would be composed entirely of cities in Alaska.