GOING TO EXTREMES
If you're looking for a warm getaway this winter, chances are you might first look to Florida or Texas. But the U.S. is a big place, and there's a lot of variation in temperatures even between cities in the same state. We've compiled a list of the warmest and coldest cities in each state, so you know which places to add to your destination list, and which ones you might be able to cross off.
All average annual temperatures are compiled from weather data collected from 1981 to 2010 and reported on Current Results. In the event of a tie for the coldest or warmest city in a particular state, we've featured the city where both the average high and low beat out other cities.
WARMEST: MOBILE, ALABAMA
The average high temperature in Mobile is a balmy 78 degrees. A few other cities, also on the Gulf in the southern part of the state, have the same average, so if you're looking for warmth, head to the coast.
COLDEST: DECATUR, ALABAMA
The northern part of the state holds the city with the lowest average temperature: Decatur. It only gets down to an average of 50 degrees during the winter.
WARMEST: ANNETTE ISLAND, ALASKA
The warmest average high in Alaska is found on Annette Island. It's situated in the far southeastern part of the state, near the border with British Columbia.
COLDEST: BARROW, ALASKA
Not surprisingly, the city with the coldest average temps in Alaska is at its northernmost point. The average in Barrow (also known by the traditional Inupiaq name Utqiagvik) during the winter is just 6 degrees, though that's a far cry from the coldest temperature ever recorded in the U.S.: -80 in Prospect Creek in 1971.
WARMEST: YUMA, ARIZONA
All of Arizona's hottest average temps come in the very western part of the state. Yuma, Parker and Bullhead City all have an average annual high temp of 89 degrees, but that's nothing compared to the record high in Arizona of 128 degrees, which was recorded in Lake Havasu City in 1994.
COLDEST: FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA
You might think of Arizona as hot all over year round, but the average low in Flagstaff is a chilly 32 degrees.
WARMEST: EUDORA, ARKANSAS
The little town of Eudora in the very southeast corner of the state has an average high temp of 77 degrees. You'd have to travel to the city of Ozark to find the spot with the highest record temp at 120 degrees in 1936, though.
COLDEST: BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS
The birthplace of Walmart is the city with the lowest average temps in Arkansas. Bentonville averages 45 degrees in winter.
WARMEST: EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA
Just north of the Mexican border on the eastern half of the state you'll find California's highest average temp of 88 degrees in El Centro. The highest recorded temperature in the U.S. was also recorded in California's aptly named Furnace Creek in 1913. It was 134 degrees on July 10th.
COLDEST: PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA
The average low in California doesn't go below 46 degrees in most of the state, including at Petaluma and Santa Rosa. Talk about mild winters.
WARMEST: GREELEY, COLORADO
North of Denver and just east of the Rockies is where you'll find the city of Greeley, where the average temperature in summer is 69 degrees, tied with Pueblo just to the south.
COLDEST: CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO
At an elevation of almost 9,000 feet in the Rockies, Crested Butte takes the trophy for coldest average temps at 18 degrees. It's also great for skiing.
WARMEST: STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT
A city on Long Island Sound records the highest average summer temperatures in Connecticut. Stamford only reaches an average of 63 degrees during the hottest months.
COLDEST: NORFOLK, CONNECTICUT
Norfolk, in the northwestern part of the state and not far from the border of Massachusetts, is the coolest city. The average low there is 36 degrees.
WARMEST: NEWARK, DELAWARE
A city in the northern part of Delaware has the highest average temps at 67 degrees. It's insulated from the Delaware River and Bay, which keeps the southern part of the state cool.
COLDEST: NEWARK, DELAWARE
Newark also shares the lowest average temperature of 45 degrees along with Milford. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Delaware was -17 degrees way back in 1893 in Millsboro.
WARMEST: FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
The warmest average temperature of a Florida city is 85 degrees, at both Fort Myers and Naples. The Royal Palm visitor center in Everglades National Park records the highest non-city average temp at 89 degrees.
COLDEST: CRESTVIEW, FLORIDA
A city just north of Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle takes the cake for the coldest city in the state with an average low of 53 degrees. And if you think it never gets below zero in Florida, think again. The coldest temp recorded was -2 degrees in Tallahassee in 1899.
WARMEST: THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA
Landlocked Thomasville in the western part of Georgia near the Florida border registers the warmest annual high temperature at 79 degrees, tied with Waycross to the northeast.
COLDEST: BLAIRSVILLE, GEORGIA
Surrounded almost entirely by the Chattahoochee National Forest, Blairsville's average low temperature is a chilly 43 degrees.
WARMEST: WAIKIKI, HAWAII
Famous Waikiki on the island of Oahu has the best beach weather in the state, with an average high of 85 degrees. Surprisingly, the highest recorded temperature in Hawaii is only 98 degrees, the lowest record high of all the states.
COLDEST: KULA, HAWAII
A town on Maui, Kula, has the coolest average of a city at 56 degrees. Unlike every other state, however, Hawaii's record cold temperature is above zero at 15 degrees.
WARMEST: BRUNEAU, IDAHO
A tiny town of under a thousand people has the distinction of being the warmest town in Idaho at an average of 68 degrees. Maybe if more people knew about the weather, they'd move to Bruneau?
COLDEST: ISLAND PARK, IDAHO
Island Park, a city surrounded by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, has the lowest average annual temp in Idaho, bottoming out at just 24 degrees.
WARMEST: CAIRO, ILLINOIS
A city in the southern part of the state, Cairo, takes the lead in average annual temp with 68 degrees. It may not match Egypt's temps, but it's not bad.
COLDEST: DIXON, ILLINOIS
Two cities in north central Illinois are tied for the coldest: Dixon and Freeport. Both have an average annual low of 38 degrees.
WARMEST: EVANSVILLE, INDIANA
The southern part of the state on the Kentucky border holds Indiana's warmest city. The average annual high temperature in Evansville is 71, a full 4 degrees higher than the next warmest cities.
COLDEST: ANGOLA, INDIANA
Angola, in the very northeastern corner of the state, is Indiana's coldest city. It averages a low of 38 degrees, but that still seems warm compared to the state record low of -36 degrees, recorded in New Whiteland in 1994.
WARMEST: BURLINGTON, IOWA
Two cities on opposite sides of Iowa are tied for the warmest city. Burlington in the east and Shenandoah in the west both have average annual highs of 63 degrees.
COLDEST: CRESCO, IOWA
Only one city in Iowa holds the spot for coldest temps, however. Cresco, with a population just over 3,800, has an average low of 33 degrees.
WARMEST: GREAT BEND, KANSAS
Great Bend, near the very middle of Kansas, has warm temps at an average 70 degrees, tied with Liberal and Elkhart to the southwest. Almost directly north of Great Bend, the record high was recorded in Alton in 1936 at a sweat-inducing 121 degrees.
COLDEST: COLBY, KANSAS
Due west from Alton is Colby, the coldest city in Kansas. Its average low temperature is just 37 degrees.
WARMEST: BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY
Two cities are tied for the warmest in Kentucky. Both Bowling Green and Paducah in the western part of the state have an average high temp of 69 degrees.
COLDEST: MOUNT STERLING, KENTUCKY
Located just east of Lexington, Mount Sterling has an average low of 42 degrees, tied with Stearns to the south. That's still much nicer than the record low of -37 recorded in Shelbyville in 1994.
WARMEST: LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA
The Gulf Coast region of Louisiana is the place to be if you love hot weather. Both Lafayette and Houma are tied for the warmest cities, at an average of 79 degrees each.
COLDEST: RUSTON, LOUISIANA
Head north in Louisiana if you'd prefer cooler weather. Ruston, east of Shreveport in the middle of the state, has an average annual low of 52 degrees, tied with nearby Monroe.
WARMEST: PORTLAND, MAINE
The largest city in Maine is also the warmest on average at 56 degrees. The hottest temperature on record was registered not far from Portland, in North Bridgton, at 105 degrees.
COLDEST: FORT KENT, MAINE
The coldest city in Maine is located at the very northern tip of the state, on the border with New Brunswick, Canada. Fort Kent only averages an annual low of 27 degrees.
WARMEST: CAMBRIDGE, MARYLAND
The warmest city in Maryland lies on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay. Cambridge averages an annual high of 69 degrees.
COLDEST: OAKLAND, MARYLAND
The coldest city in Maryland is located in the very western edge of the state, where the warming effect of the ocean in winter doesn't reach. Oakland's average low is 37 degrees, and it's also where the record cold temp of -40 degrees was recorded in 1912.
WARMEST: TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS
A city south of Boston is the warmest in Massachusetts. Taunton's average annual high temp is 61 degrees, which seems appropriately chilly for New England.
COLDEST: WORTHINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Two towns not far away from each other in the western part of the state are tied for the coldest spot. Both Worthington and Lanesboro have an annual low of 34 degrees.
WARMEST: BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN
Benton Harbor, located in the southwest part of the Michigan on the shore of Lake Michigan, is the warmest city in the state. Its average high is 60 degrees.
COLDEST: IRONWOOD, MICHIGAN
Not surprisingly, the coldest city in Michigan is located in the Upper Peninsula, on the border with northern Wisconsin. The town of Ironwood has an annual average low of 30 degrees.
WARMEST: WINONA, MINNESOTA
If you're not a fan of cool weather, Minnesota is probably not the best state for you. The warmest city on average is Winona, on the banks of the Mississippi, which only averages a high of 58 degrees.
COLDEST: HIBBING, MINNESOTA
The town of Hibbing in northern Minnesota is the coldest city in the state with an average annual low of just 25 degrees. That's a heat wave compared to the record low temp of -60 degrees recorded in Tower in 1996.
WARMEST: PICAYUNE, MISSISSIPPI
The warmest city in Mississippi is located on the Gulf Coast. Picayune's average annual high is a humid 78 degrees.
COLDEST: HOLLY SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI
A town at the very northern tip of the state, not far from Memphis, is the coldest city in Mississippi. Holly Springs average low is just 46 degrees.
WARMEST: CARUTHERSVILLE, MISSOURI
If you're looking for the warmest city in Missouri, you'll have to go to the very southeast corner of the state. Caruthersville, on the Mississippi River, has an average high temp of 69 degrees.
COLDEST: MARYVILLE, MISSOURI
On the exact opposite corner of the state is the coldest city in Missouri, Maryville, with an average low of 40 degrees. Interestingly, the coldest temp ever recorded in the state was -40 in Warsaw, the same city that also has the highest recorded temp record at 118 degrees.
WARMEST: BILLINGS, MONTANA
The largest city in Montana is also the warmest. Billings has an average annual high of 60 degrees, which is perhaps why so many people live there.
COLDEST: WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA
West Yellowstone, a small town on the western edge of — you guessed it — Yellowstone National Park, is the coldest spot in the state with an average low of only 20 degrees. The second lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was -70 degrees in Lincoln in 1954.
WARMEST: MCCOOK, NEBRASKA
Near the border with Kansas is the warmest city in Nebraska, McCook. Its annual average high is 65 degrees.
COLDEST: CHADRON, NEBRASKA
The coldest city in Nebraska is in the northwest corner of the state. Chadron's average annual low is 32 degrees. The state's record cold temp is well below freezing, however, at -47 degrees in Oshkosh.
WARMEST: LAUGHLIN, NEVADA
If you've been to Las Vegas and thought it was hot, then you might want to skip Nevada's hottest city. Laughlin, at the very southern tip of the state, is a full 7 degrees warmer on average than Las Vegas, at 87 degrees. It's also where the highest temp in the state, 125 degrees, was recorded.
COLDEST: MOUNTAIN CITY, NEVADA
Nevada isn't all desert, though. Mountain City near the border with Idaho has an average annual low of a frosty 25 degrees.
WARMEST: DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Two cities that are located right next to each other are tied for the warmest in New Hampshire. Durham and Portsmouth both have an average annual high of 59 degrees.
COLDEST: COLEBROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE
The town of Colebrook on the border with Vermont in the northern part of New Hampshire has the lowest annual average temp of 28 degrees.
WARMEST: MOORESTOWN, NEW JERSEY
Moorestown, an eastern suburb of Philadelphia, is the warmest city in New Jersey. Its average annual high is 67 degrees.
COLDEST: LAMBERTVILLE, NEW JERSEY
Located across the Delaware River from Pennsylvania is New Jersey's coldest city. Lambertville has an average annual low of 39 degrees.
WARMEST: HOBBS, NEW MEXICO
Two small cities in New Mexico are tied for the warmest. Hobbs and Carlsbad, both near the state's southeastern border with Texas, have an average annual high of 77 degrees.
COLDEST: CUBA, NEW MEXICO
A town in the northern part of the state is New Mexico's coldest. Cuba only has an average annual low of 28 degrees. (That's a far cry from the other Cuba's temps!)
WARMEST: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
New York City, and specifically LaGuardia Airport, has the highest temps in New York state. The average annual high is 63 degrees, about 1 degree warmer than other parts of the city.
COLDEST: OLD FORGE, NEW YORK
A town in upstate New York has the distinction of being the coldest. Old Forge has an average annual low of 31 degrees, just below freezing. That's also where the state's record low of -52 degrees was set in 1979.
WARMEST: SOUTHPORT, NORTH CAROLINA
A town south of Wilmington on the Atlantic coast called Southport is the warmest in the state of North Carolina. It's got great beach weather, with an average annual high of 76 degrees.
COLDEST: BANNER ELK, NORTH CAROLINA
Banner Elk, near the Cherokee National Forest, is the coldest in North Carolina. It has an average annual low of 38 degrees.
WARMEST: MEDORA, NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota isn't exactly known for its warm weather. The city with the highest annual temp is Medora, where it averages 58 degrees. That's a huge difference from the record temp of 121 degrees set in 1936.
COLDEST: BOTTINEAU, NORTH DAKOTA
Not far from the Canadian border, Bottineau is the coldest city in North Dakota. The average annual low temp in the town is only 27 degrees.
WARMEST: GALLIPOLIS, OHIO
Gallipolis, on the southern border with West Virginia, is Ohio's warmest city with an annual average high of 69 degrees. It also holds the record high of 113 degrees, set in 1934.
COLDEST: YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO
Near the Pennsylvania border, Youngstown is the coldest city in Ohio. Its annual average low is 40 degrees.
WARMEST: CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA
Just southwest of Oklahoma City is the state's warmest city, Chickasha. The city of 16,000 has an average annual high temp of 75 degrees.
COLDEST: KENTON, OKLAHOMA
At the very tip of the Oklahoma panhandle is the coldest city in the state. The average annual low in Kenton is a chilly 41 degrees.
WARMEST: MEDFORD, OREGON
Medford, a city near the Cascade Mountains and the northern border of California, is the warmest in Oregon. The average annual high there is 68 degrees.
COLDEST: SENECA, OREGON
A tiny town called Seneca in the western part of the state is Oregon's coldest, with an annual average low of 25 degrees. It's also home to the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state, -54 degrees, in 1933.
WARMEST: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
The warmest city in Pennsylvania is the City of Brotherly Love. Whether it's all that love or just the urban heat island effect, the average annual temp in Philly is 65 degrees.
COLDEST: BRADFORD, , PENNSYLVANIA
A city in the western part of the state just south of the New York border is the coldest city in Pennsylvania. Bradford's average annual low temp is 42 degrees.
WARMEST: KINGSTON, RHODE ISLAND
There's not a lot of geographic space for large temperature differences in Rhode Island, but the warmest city is Kingston. The town south of Providence has an annual average high of 62 degrees.
COLDEST: NORTH FOSTER, RHODE ISLAND
The coldest town in Rhode Island is in the northwestern part of the state. North Foster has an average annual low temp of 39 degrees.
WARMEST: COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
The capital of South Carolina is also its warmest city. Columbia's average annual high is 78 degrees. The record high in the state was just set in 2012 in Camden at 113 degrees.
COLDEST: LONGCREEK, SOUTH CAROLINA
Longcreek, a town near the Georgia border, is the coldest in South Carolina. Its average annual low temp is only 46 degrees.
WARMEST: INTERIOR, SOUTH DAKOTA
A town with a funny name is the warmest in South Dakota. Interior, near Badlands National Park, has an annual average high temp of 64 degrees.
COLDEST: ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA
Aberdeen in the northeastern part of South Dakota is the coldest city in the state. The average annual low is right at freezing: 32 degrees.
WARMEST: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
The home of Graceland and delicious barbecue, Memphis is the warmest city in Tennessee. Its average annual high temperature is 73 degrees.
COLDEST: MOUNTAIN CITY, TENNESSEE
Naming the coldest cities in a state Mountain City seems to be a popular choice. This is the second Mountain City on the list, though the average annual low here is 40 degrees. It's also where the state record low was recorded at -32 degrees.
WARMEST: MCALLEN, TEXAS
The warmest city in Texas is unsurprisingly on the southern border with Mexico. McAllen's average annual high is a steamy 86 degrees.
COLDEST: AMARILLO, TEXAS
The largest city in the Texas panhandle is also the coldest in the state. Amarillo's average annual low temperature is only 44 degrees.
WARMEST: ST. GEORGE, UTAH
The very southwest corner of Utah holds the state's warmest city. St. George has an average annual high of 77 degrees, which isn't shocking when you figure it's so close to Nevada and Arizona.
COLDEST: ROOSEVELT, UTAH
The small town of Roosevelt in the eastern part of Utah is the coldest city in the state. The average annual low there is 29 degrees.
WARMEST: BENNINGTON, VERMONT
The warmest city in Vermont is Bennington in the southwest corner of the state. The city, surrounded almost entirely by the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests, has an average annual high of 57 degrees.
COLDEST: CAVENDISH, VERMONT
Cavendish, a city near many skiing resorts, is the coldest city in Vermont. Its average annual low is 31 degrees. That's much better weather for skiing than the record low in the state, -50 degrees.
WARMEST: NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA
A city on coastal Virginia's James River waterway takes the state's top spot as warmest city. Newport News has an annual average high of 71 degrees.
COLDEST: HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Ironically, the coldest city in Virginia is Hot Springs. Located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, the resort area known for skiing and natural springs has an average annual low of 40 degrees.
WARMEST: WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON
The warmest city in Washington state is Walla Walla. The average annual high temp there is 63 degrees, which must be just about ideal for growing sweet onions.
COLDEST: WINTHROP, WASHINGTON
Washington's coldest city is also located inland from the Pacific coast. Winthrop's average annual low temp is 32 degrees. The state's record low was set in Mazama in 1968: -48 degrees.
WARMEST: HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA
The warmest city in West Virginia lies at the confluence of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Huntington's average annual high temperature is 67 degrees.
COLDEST: MARLINTON, WEST VIRGINIA
Though it may sound like a sport fisherman's paradise, you're not going to catch too many marlins in West Virginia's coldest city. Marlinton has an average annual low of just 33 degrees.
WARMEST: LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN
Popular with tourists who come from the Chicago area, the resort town of Lake Geneva in southern Wisconsin is the state's warmest city. It averages an annual high of 59 degrees.
COLDEST: CRIVITZ, WISCONSIN
Naturally, the coldest city in Wisconsin is in the northern part of the state. Crivitz, north of Green Bay, has an average annual low of just 29 degrees. That's downright balmy compared to the state's record low of -55 degrees though, which was recorded in Couderay in 1996.
WARMEST: THERMOPOLIS, WYOMING
Thermopolis is heated by a number of natural hot springs, and named after them. In fact, it's even located in Hot Springs Country. So it's no surprise that Thermopolis takes the top spot for warmest city in Wyoming with 66 degrees.
COLDEST: KEMMERER, WYOMING
A small town called Kemmerer is the coldest city in Wyoming, with an average annual low of just 22 degrees. That's still warm compared to the coldest temperature recorded in the state, though: -63 degrees in 1933.