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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.
bridge from International falls to Fort Francis, Canada

Photo: ZUMA Press

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International Falls, Minn.

OK, so maybe International Falls, Minn., isn't half as cold as Oymyakon or Verkhoyansk, but what it lacks in sheer chill it makes up for by being one of the coldest places in the contiguous United States. About 6,703 people live in International Falls (according to the 2000 census), which sits on the border between the U.S. and Canada.

Winters in International Falls are long and cold with average temperatures in January hovering around 2.7 degrees F. The mercury hits zero on more than 60 nights a year, and the area gets a lot of snow (65.5 inches of annual snowfall). International Falls is waging a war with the next entry, Fraser, Colo., for the trademarked title of "Icebox of the Nation."