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:

State Coldest Temperature Rank Average Temperature °F Average Temperature °C 2019 Pop.
Alaska126.6-3735,720
North Dakota240.44.7760,900
Maine34151,342,097
Minnesota441.25.15,655,925
Wyoming5425.6572,381
Montana642.75.91,074,532
Vermont742.96.1627,180
Wisconsin843.16.25,832,661
New Hampshire943.86.61,363,852
Idaho1144.46.91,790,182
Michigan1144.46.910,020,472
Colorado1245.17.35,770,545
South Dakota1345.27.3892,631
New York1445.47.419,491,339
Iowa1547.88.83,167,997
Massachusetts1647.98.86,939,373
Washington1748.39.17,666,343
Oregon1848.49.14,245,901
Utah1948.69.23,221,610
Nebraska2148.89.31,940,919
Pennsylvania2148.89.312,813,969
Connecticut22499.43,567,871
Nevada2349.99.93,087,025
Rhode Island2450.110.11,056,738
Ohio2550.710.411,718,568
Indiana2651.710.96,718,616
Illinois2851.81112,700,381
West Virginia2851.8111,791,951
New Jersey2952.711.58,922,547
New Mexico3053.411.92,096,034
Maryland3154.212.36,062,917
Kansas3254.312.42,910,931
Missouri3354.512.56,147,861
Virginia3455.112.88,571,946
Delaware3555.312.9975,033
Kentucky3655.613.14,484,047
Tennessee3757.614.26,833,793
North Carolina38591510,497,741
California3959.415.239,747,267
Oklahoma4059.615.33,948,950
Arizona4160.315.77,275,070
Arkansas4260.415.83,026,412
South Carolina4362.416.95,147,111
Alabama4462.817.14,898,246
Mississippi4563.417.42,987,895
Georgia4663.517.510,627,767
Texas4764.818.229,087,070
Louisiana4866.419.14,652,581
Hawaii497021.11,416,589
Florida5070.721.521,646,155