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Top 13 Coldest Cities In The World

Fraser, Colorado, USA
Photo credit: Loco Steve / Flickr

Americans who had to deal with the “polar vortex” in January, 2014 would experience no small amount of shock at the average winter lows in some of the coldest places on the planet. The citizens of these cold locales often have to get creative to keep from turning into ice cubes. Here are the coldest cities on earth and how residents get through the icy winters:

1. Fraser, Colorado, USA – Average January Low: 1F

Fraser, Colorado is a tiny western town that’s popular for skiing and tourism. Amusingly, the city has been embroiled in a long-running dispute over the title “Icebox of the Nation.” The similarly frigid city of International Falls, Minnesota has also lobbied for the title. Even the summers are freezing in Fraser as average lows in June are a frosty 29 degrees.

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  • Tobey S.

    This is so ignorant. I’m a teacher in Vancouver and there is no such thing as Metis tribes. There are only Inuit in NWT. And the Metis didn’t even exist until the Europeans arrived, so they can’t have lived in NWT for millennia. Check your facts stupid.

  • Tobey S.

    And saying that Harbin is in the “extreme northeast section of China”is like saying Boston is in the extreme northeast section of the United States. Hardly extreme. And with 10 million people, it’s bigger than most American cities. Hardly the wild frontier that the author implies.

    This was clearly written by an author that has no understanding of anything outside of the Lower 48. And I’m being generous.

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