The 9 Coldest States in the U.S.

Brent Thomas |

When many people think of a vacation, images of white sandy beaches come to mind. However, if you are reading this you probably think of mountains and snow. You prefer cold rather than hot and the colder the better, because the colder it is, the better the snow quality.

If that describes you, then maybe you should consider living in one of the coldest states in the U.S.

Below are the coldest states and their average temperature for the whole year across the entire territory from 1991 to 2020. The data came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Extreme Weather Watch compiled the data and World Population Review created an interactive infographic as well as created a chart with all the states plotted on it.

#9 & #8. Idaho & Wisconsin: 44.0° F

silver mountain, idaho, free skiing
Both Idaho and Wisconsin see plenty of snow and cold temperatures. Credit: Silver Mountain, Idaho Facebook

#7 Vermont: 43.2° F

Vermont is also the snowiest state in the U.S., with annual snowfall registering around 89.25 inches. Credit: Stowe Mountain Resort/Instagram

#6 Montana: 42.6° F

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Montana was -70°F (-57°C) on January 20, 1954. Credit: Big Sky Facebook Page

#5 Wyoming: 42.3° F

The high elevation of Wyoming brings cold temperatures and plenty of snow.

#4 Maine: 41.9° F

Winters in Maine are especially cold. Credit: Sugarloaf

#3 Minnesota: 41.8° F

wild mountain, Minnesota
Proximity to the Great Lakes keeps Minnesota cold. Credit: Facebook

#2 North Dakota: 41.1° F

North Dakota is very cold and the best winter activities are snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Credit: Pixabay

#1 Alaska: 28.1° F

Record Breaking Snowstorm
It is not uncommon to see temperatures of 50 below zero in Alaska. Credit:

In a landslide, Alaska takes the top spot. This is not surprising based on how much further north it is compared to all other states. All the others on this list are still located in the more northern part of the contiguous U.S.

The United States is one of the most climate-diversified countries in the world. The United States experiences about 26 different Köppen climate types. There are the tropics of Florida, the subarctic of Alaska, the desert in Arizona, and everything in between. Whatever your pleasure, you can find something that fits you.

The coldest states. Credit:

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