Yakutia, coldest city on earth

In Yakutia Russia, a city of almost 600,000 mostly Asian Russians, does get warm from time to time, but only in a very short summer. The lowest temperature in modern history was -92 degrees F but take comfort as it only gets that cold once in a while. – 60 F is more common.

A woman passes a board on a building, displaying the local time, temperature, humidity and air pressure in Yakutsk. (photo: Maxim Shemetov, Reuters)
A woman passes a board on a building, displaying the local time, temperature, humidity and air pressure in Yakutsk. (photo: Maxim Shemetov, Reuters)

People live there because it is their ancestral home, but also the region is rich, very rich, with large reserves of oil, gas, coal, diamonds, gold, and silver.

Yakutia is located in the Sakha Republic, a state of the Russian Federation. It is very natural and mostly wilderness as the size of this one state would cover more than half of the USA. Total population is just over a million. No kidding, reindeer are a common form of transportation. Dog sledding is very common outside the city. Many of these folk are related via DNA to American Indians, including some common customs of American Indians.