said by chip89:
Here a lot of the water shut off valves are in a box outside.
I didn't say that they aren't. I said I'd love to see a meter box that the one you posted in a northern climate that has a frost line > 20 inches.
You're picture is not just a shutoff valve. It's the shutoff valve and a meter. It also is a foot or so below the surface from the appearance of that. I don't have the link to it right off hand, but I believe curb stops and meters in the Cleveland area are typically 4-5'. They can be higher than that, but typically you don't want an inch or two water line to go into the frost line unless it's only for seasonal use and gets drained in cold weather.