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7 of the coldest places in the world to live

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 9, 2011, 10:29 a.m.
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Barrow, Alaska

Barrow is the northernmost city in the United States and is just 1,300 miles south of the North Pole and 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The small city of 4,581 is built on permafrost that is up to 1,300 feet deep in places and experiences super cold and windy winters. The sun sets at the end of November and doesn't reappear until the end of January. Even during the summer things stay cool. The mean temperature doesn't break out of freezing until June and even then only barely does — the average mean for July is only 40.4 degrees F.

Barrow is the economic hub of the North Slope and many of its residents work in the energy industry. The city is reachable only by aircraft or by sea.