Coldest States 2019
If you know anything about geography, you know that the farther away from the equator an area lies, the colder it is. Countries, states, and cities that are closer to the equator have warmer climates. In the United States, the northern states are farther from the equator and thus have colder temperatures.
The coldest state in the entire nation is Alaska. This should come as no surprise, as Alaska is located in the northwest region of Canada and is the state that is closest to the North Pole. The coldest temperature ever recorded in this state was -80 degrees Fahrenheit in 1971. The average annual temperature in Alaska is 26.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
When taking a look at the contiguous United States, North Dakota is the coldest state based on average annual temperature, which is 40.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest temperature ever recorded in North Dakota was -60 degrees Fahrenheit in 1936.
Maine is another one of the coldest states in the nation, posting an average annual temperature of 31 degrees Fahrenheit. Maine’s lowest recorded temperature was -50 degrees Fahrenheit in 2009.
Next on the list is the northern state of Minnesota. This state has an average annual temperature of 41.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Minnesota’s lowest recorded temperature was -60 degrees Fahrenheit near Lake Vermilion in 1996.
The fifth coldest state throughout the entire United States is Wyoming, which has an average annual temperate of 42 degrees Fahrenheit. It has one of the lowest recorded temperatures in the U.S. at 66 degrees Fahrenheit in Yellowstone in 1933.
The top 15 coldest states in the United States based on average annual temperatures are: