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Top 10 Coldest U.S. States

Can you guess the states of the U.S.A. that have the coldest average temperature?
Combines high and low temperatures statewide
Average for the years 1991–2020. Source.
Quiz by Gyrenaica
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Last updated: August 28, 2021
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First submittedMarch 6, 2014
Times taken90,985
Average score80.0%
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° F
State
° C
28.0
Alaska
-2.3
41.0
North Dakota
5.0
41.7
Minnesota
5.4
41.8
Maine
5.4
42.3
Wyoming
5.7
° F
State
° C
42.6
Montana
5.9
43.1
Vermont
6.1
43.9
Wisconsin
6.6
43.9
Idaho
6.6
44.0
New Hampshire
6.7
72 Comments
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Level 35
May 7, 2014
I'm from Wisconsin. I have family in Minnesota.
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Level 74
Apr 25, 2015
...go Bears. Sorry
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Level 77
Sep 11, 2016
I missed only these two...
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Level 45
Jan 12, 2018
shouldn't these show negatives???
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Level 75
Jul 2, 2019
No...
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Level 33
Feb 3, 2020
Its farrenheight
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Level 76
Jun 1, 2020
Why would it matter if it's in Fahrenheit? Negatives still exist.
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Level 59
Dec 14, 2020
The averages arent THAT cold... Even for states like Alaska or Minnesota, because they take the high temperatures and low temperatures.
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Level 79
Jan 1, 2021
@DankMemeDealer69 It's 'it's', and it's 'Fahrenheit'. Pretty easy to spell. Also, nice username! 😁
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Level 50
Feb 7, 2022
It’s the average temp not the coldest temp
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Level 40
Jan 31, 2023
@JackintheBox What is the difference between "It's" and "Its"?
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Level 43
Sep 13, 2023
It's = it is...Its is possessive
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Level 77
Mar 14, 2018
Hey that's great
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Level 68
Nov 15, 2018
They don't call it frozen tundra for no reason
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Level 89
Mar 9, 2019
Cool
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Level 58
Jun 1, 2020
hows the protest
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Level 33
May 16, 2014
I wasted a minute typing Finland, Norway, etc. before realizing that it was 10 coldest STATES. LOL
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Level 50
Mar 23, 2015
Me too :) Started with Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and then continued with Finland and Iceland :)
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Level 63
Sep 27, 2016
I started by guessing U.S. cities and was very surprised that Anchorage didn't work...
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Level 22
Aug 18, 2016
Glad to see that someone understands how cold it gets where I live! Winter in Wisconsin feels like it goes on FOREVER
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Level 68
Dec 8, 2016
New Zealand is very coastal. It would be fascinating to experience such cold and snow, and Christmas in winter.
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Level 72
Mar 11, 2019
That's because it does go on forever. Minnesota and Wisconsin - two seasons winter and pot hole repair season.
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Level 82
Sep 14, 2016
Who are the 2% of people that took this quiz and didn't guess Alaska? I'm fascinated.
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Level 60
Sep 17, 2016
Now 3%. Funny how that was my first guess.
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Level 49
Nov 27, 2018
Now 4%
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Level 78
Mar 24, 2019
Well, I nearly joined them. I had all the others and then - with 12 seconds to spare - the penny dropped!
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Level 26
Feb 3, 2020
I've been awake for all of an hour, most of that on autopilot, and didn't sleep well. It didn't occur to me that there were non-contiguous states at all in this....state.
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Level 62
Dec 8, 2016
I was going from east to west coast in my head trough the northernmost countries. Yes, I forgot Alaska.
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Level 49
Feb 4, 2020
*Countries are not the same as states.
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Level 58
Dec 8, 2016
100% with 4 seconds remaining. Almost didn't get Wisconsin. Great quiz though.
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Level 37
Dec 8, 2016
Surprised Colorado & Utah weren't here but then realized their southern parts are desert
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Level 70
Dec 8, 2016
Could you add Celsius for us non-Americans?
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Level 63
Dec 8, 2016
Alaska is cold in either, so unless you have the averages memorized it should be no help. Anyway, we should all just use Kelvin.
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Level 72
Dec 15, 2019
If someplace got down to near 0 degrees Kelvin, I would NOT want to visit.
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Level 59
Dec 14, 2020
Yeah, but once you go there, you cant leave! Scientifically literally!
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Level 60
Dec 9, 2016
Missed Wyoming :(
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Level 21
Jun 2, 2018
Thanks for the answer :)
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Level 79
Mar 9, 2019
You're supposed to try the quiz yourself before looking at the comments :)
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Level 70
Aug 11, 2021
Ur funny
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Level 25
Dec 11, 2016
it'd be nice to have the conversion to °C
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Level 90
Feb 5, 2022
You could also Google it.
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Level 44
Dec 16, 2016
So basically US states bordering Canada + Wyoming?
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Level 86
Jul 7, 2018
But not Washington!
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Level 26
Aug 23, 2020
Or Michigan
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Level 35
Apr 2, 2017
I've been away for awhile. When did this get featured?
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Level 68
May 8, 2017
Shocked to not see my home state on here. It's miserable here in New England no matter where you are from October to May :/
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Level 63
May 13, 2017
Fun Quiz ... and got 11 with .58 remaining!

Now time to CHILL OUT --->( in the nice Fahrenheit Temps of So.Cal)

And if there was one of same exact Quizzes for Coldest 11 European Capitals ---> the Temps could all be in C degrees and I would get just as many right or wrong as if the temps were in F degrees!!

Thanks again!

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Level 83
Mar 9, 2019
Of course it doesn't matter for solving the quiz, but it's nice to learn something as well. Now it doesn't tell me anything –considering that they are all south of London (except Alaska of course), I could guess that they aren't that cold.
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Level 57
Mar 13, 2021
They wouldn't be all warmer than London. The gulf stream warms up Europe significantly more than other places at the same latitude.
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Level 59
Dec 15, 2023
equivalent latitudes in north america are far colder than they are in Europe
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Level 46
Oct 16, 2017
I forgot Alaska....lmao
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Level 25
May 13, 2018
Way easier than warmest states
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Level 50
Oct 29, 2018
I know Wisconsin is cold, but its nice to see that some other states suffer more than we do haha
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Level 90
Mar 9, 2019
Yes this quiz should really be in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Wherever you are from you could then compare and maybe learn something, if you were so inclined.
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Level 63
Mar 9, 2019
Got them all with 0:40 remaining at 11:12:49 AM. Wyoming was the last one that I guessed, and it took me a little while to figure that out.
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Level 50
Mar 12, 2019
hold on are you saying the coldest it has been in minnesota is 42.1? well it has been −60 °F (−51.1 °C) on February 2, 1996 and the hottest has been 114 °F (45.6 °C on July 29, 1917 July 6, 1936. and the largest drop in a single day is 71 °F drop (39 °C drop) on April 3, 1982
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Level 63
Feb 3, 2020
It's average temperature.
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2022
Wow you guys have great weather.
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Level 47
Mar 23, 2019
Please make the temperatures in Kelvin for us with superior intellect.
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Level 75
Feb 3, 2020
If your intellect was that superior you could do the conversion in your head. :)
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Level 72
Feb 3, 2020
I kept trying to figure out if I was just misspelling Michigan somehow. I can't believe it isn't on this list.
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Level 49
Feb 4, 2020
Having both celsius and fahrenheit would be nice.
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Level 71
Apr 2, 2020
It is not hard to make an approximate conversion in your head. If however you can't do this, well you are already online, it will take you seconds to find out that 28F is about -2C. the other temperatures range around 6C.
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Level 55
Nov 11, 2020
Michigan? Probably leven the or twelfth, we have really harsh winters, but great summers. However, temperature wise, not to cold, but the add ons are very harsh.
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Level 26
Dec 26, 2020
Got all with 50 seconds left
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Level 79
Apr 6, 2021
Basic common sense allows a maximum here.
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2021
Missed Idaho
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Level 40
Apr 15, 2022
Remembered at the last second that Wyoming's high altitude. If you ever go there you can see how high it really is.
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Level 69
Mar 28, 2023
Super surprised that South Dakota isn't on here... Would have expected them in at least the Top 7!
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Level 56
Dec 11, 2023
Hmm I should move to one of these states.
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Level 63
Dec 12, 2023
Kind of surprised that ND is slightly colder than MN given MN's reputation.
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Level 28
May 15, 2024
some of the worst blizzards in America occured in the Dakota's