Avoid These Cities If You Hate Winter

If you love that feeling of fresh powder all winter long, then you’re likely curious about which areas are best for you to live (Upstate New York, anyone?). Well, we’ve done some research and compiled a list of the top 10 big cities with the most snow in America based on 2018-2019’s snowfall totals.

10. Anchorage, AK

Anchorage, AK

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 65 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 74.5 inches

You’d think the country’s northern-most state would have the city with the most snow, but Anchorage only comes in 10th on our list. If you’re planning a trip to Anchorage or looking to move here, you can see the Northern Lights from this city, as it twinkles over the frost-covered ground. Or, try a dog sled ride through the frozen tundra. While the temperatures are cold, the activities are on fire here.

You can find an entry-level one-bedroom apartment in Anchorage for about $1,140 a month.

9. Fargo, ND

Fargo, ND

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 65.4 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 50.4 inches

Can you imagine checking the weather and seeing below freezing temperatures on a daily basis? If your answer is yes, then you must be from Fargo. This city ranks among the top 10 cities with the most snow.

While it’s frigid outside, its beautiful parks are dusted with white snow and it looks magical in the winter.

Rental prices in Fargo are fairly affordable compared to the rest of our top 10. You can find a one-bedroom apartment for $809 a month on average.

8. Green Bay, WI

Green Bay, WI

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 74 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 51.4 inches

You don’t have to be a Packers fan to enjoy living in Green Bay. This snowy city offers a plethora of fun, outdoor activities to keep you entertained despite the continual snowfall.

Try activities like downhill sledding, tubing or curling! Green Bay has the Green Bay Curling Club where you can check out the Olympic sport and play a game yourself!

You won’t need to spend a lot of green to live in Green Bay. A one-bedroom apartment can be yours for roughly $860 a month.

7. Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 77.1 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 54.4 inches

If you don’t live in a city that sees a lot of snow, the concept of your car being completely buried by it sounds foreign. But, for those who live in Minneapolis, that’s just a Monday morning for you.

Minneapolis experiences freezing temperatures and several feet of snow, but that doesn’t stop them from embracing the weather. If you live in this city with the most snow, you’ll learn to prepare and embrace the snowy days.

Minneapolis is the largest city on our list and has the highest average rent prices. A one-bedroom here will set you back $1,430 a month.

6. Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, MI

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 81.3 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 74.9 inches

From traditional activities like skating to winter festivals and Beer Month, the city of Grand Rapids likes to keep its residents entertained and occupied during the cold winter.

February is Beer Month, so check out local pubs to drink and stay warm. The city may be full of snow, but that’s not stopping people from having a good time.

You can call Grand Rapids home for about $1,140 a month for a one-bedroom.

5. Rochester, MN

Rochester, MN

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 86.8 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 51.9 inches

There must be something about cities named Rochester that see a lot of snow. Rochester, Minnesota is one of two Rochesters on our list (we’ll get to the other one in a bit). If you live here, you’ll want to check out the Quarry Hill Nature Center and snowshoe, walk or ski the eight-mile loop. This park is 329 acres of free land covered in powdery snow all winter long.

Rochester may have gotten more snow than Minneapolis in 2018-2019, but that doesn’t mean it’s more expensive. A one-bedroom here costs $1,127 a month on average.

4. Erie, PA

Erie, PA

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 90.3 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 100.9 inches

Can you imagine seven feet of snow piled up along the streets? That may sound like a winter maze, but for those who live in Erie, that’s just a typical winter scene. Erie is the fourth city with the most snow and its residents have become accustomed to it.

With freezing temperatures, harsh wind and endless snow, this city calls itself a winter wonderland and rightfully so. The U.S. sees 28 inches of snowfall on average, but Erie sees 101 inches of snow on average! That’s nearly five times as much as the national average.

3. Rochester, NY

Rochester, NY

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 97.1 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 99.5 inches

Thanks to the lake effect snow bands common near Lake Ontario in the winter, the top three cities on our list are all from New York state. Coming in third is Rochester (the second Rochester on our list). While winter may feel endless, the list of things to do in this city is not.

The city offers your classic activities like skiing and skating, but if you’re looking for a more unique winter activity, consider Kohlfahrt, a traditional German winter cabbage walk at the local village and museum. The city also offers a variety of museums for days you’ve just had enough of being outside.

Rent prices in this Rochester are fairly even with the other Rochester on our list. A one-bedroom apartment goes for about $1,155 on average each month.

2. Syracuse, NY

Syracuse, NY

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 115 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 123.8 inches

Like Rochester, Syracuse is another New York city known for its jaw-dropping temperatures and ample amounts of snow. Because the city sees so much snow year over year, residents have found ways to stay entertained without having to be cooped up indoors all day.

The city is full of public parks, which are perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Looking for more adventure? Try downhill skiing at some of the city’s nearby resorts. And if that’s not your thing? Well, the city hosts winter street festivals featuring ice sculptures, food samplings and classic fair activities.

Although it’s near the top of the snowfall list, rent in Syracuse is among the cheapest in the top 10. Find a one-bedroom here for an average of $830 a month.

1. Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY

  • Total snow during 2018-2019 season: 118.8 inches
  • Annual average snowfall: 94.7 inches

If you love winter, Buffalo is the city for you. Last year, it received more than nine feet of snow, making it the city with the most snow in the U.S. Because Buffalo is such a winter wonderland, residents and visitors alike will find a variety of outdoor activities to keep them entertained during the freezing cold season.

From skiing to ice hockey to snowshoeing, there are endless snow sport opportunities. Also, the city has a giant skating rink that’s four times the size of Rockefeller Center and is open year-round.

You can call Buffalo home for $1,172 a month for an average one-bedroom apartment.

Surviving the cold

No matter what city you live in, you can make it home. These cities with the most snow are home to millions of people who love and embrace the snowy powder year over year.

Stay prepared, prep your apartment for emergencies and venture outside and the winter will surely fly by.

Big city Snow totals come from Golden Snow Globe and are accurate as of January 2020.
The rent information included in this article is based on January 2020 multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
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Sage SingletonSage Singleton is a freelance writer with a passion for literature and words. She enjoys writing articles that will inspire, educate and influence readers. She loves that words have the power to create change and make a positive impact in the world. Some of her work has been featured on LendingTree, Venture Beat, Architectural Digest, Porch.com and Homes.com. In her free time, she loves traveling, reading and learning French.

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