Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia: 62°N
211,000 people, mining centre, cold weather, twinned with Yellowknife. On the Lena River, a mining town from the late 19th century rapidly developed under Stalin along with the development of forced labour camps in Siberia. It is the largest city built on permafrost. Looks slick. Evidently that is a new bank building reflecting the northern sky.
We don't have such populations in the Canadian north. Yellowknife (62°N)has 19,000 people. Fort McMurray (56°N) has 77,000 and was a small village until the late 60s when the Suncor plant was built. Both towns sprawl a bit. I've had the image, below, of Braatsk for several years and can't remember where I found it, but it shows a city that is significantly urban. Braatsk is at 56°N, population 260,000, looks like Paris.