By Natalie Wise
Deciding where to live is a tricky business, especially when it’s necessary to find a home in an area with a good job market, is in close proximity to family and has a relatively low cost of living. But factoring in climate may be a big decision-maker, since several Ohio cities recently made a list of the top 20 coldest cities in the United States.
Weather.com stated that the coldest major metro, at No. 1, are the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, with sub-freezing temperatures over one-third of the year (151 days).
The Twin Cities have more sub-zero days (24-25 days a year) than No. 2 on the list, Anchorage, Alaska (20-21 days a year).
Madison, Wis., is No. 3 on the list, with an average temperature from December to February of 21 degrees. Milwaukee, Wis., is slightly warmer with an average winter temperature of 24.9 degrees.
Omaha, Neb., is No. 5 on the list, with an average winter temperature of 25.9 degrees and 133 days a year below freezing.
Chicago hovers around 27 degrees during the winter months, but only dips below zero an average of 8-9 days a year. Lincoln, Neb., also hovers around 27 degrees, with a few more below-zero days than Chicago, averaging 11-12 a year.
Rochester, N.Y., stays at 27 degrees on average during the winter, at No. 8 on the list, followed by Buffalo, N.Y., at 27.1 degrees on average.
Fort Wayne, Ind., with 125 days a year below zero and just over a week (8 days) of average of temperatures below zero, is No. 10 on the list.
Toledo, Ohio, is No. 11 on the list, followed by Detroit. Akron, Ohio, comes in at No. 13, with an average winter temperature of 28.5 degrees. Cleveland follows Akron in the No. 14 spot, averaging 30.3 degrees.
Indianapolis, the capital city of Indiana, comes in at No. 15 on the list of coldest cities, with an average winter temperature just above 30 degrees. Indianapolis is below zero an average of 105 days a year.
Colorado Springs is No. 16, followed by Pittsburgh and Denver at No. 17 and 18. Kansas City and Boston round out the top 20, all with average winter temperatures below freezing.
These 20 large cities are the coldest in the country based on 20-year average temperatures, but don’t let that deter you: bundle up and enjoy the frigid temperatures. After all, it’s only for a third of the year, and it will be warmer before you know it.