10 Best Places To Raise A Family In North Dakota For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Dakota have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in North Dakota.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in North Dakota? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to North Dakota, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about North Dakota and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In North Dakota For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,018
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 35.5%
More on Oakes: Homes For Sale | Data

Ellendale, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,271
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 17.2%
More on Ellendale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rolla, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,273
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 36.9%
More on Rolla: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Stanley, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,487
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Stanley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bowman, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,611
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 25.6%
More on Bowman: Homes For Sale | Data

Cavalier, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,203
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 21.4%
More on Cavalier: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wahpeton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,822
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 22.6%
More on Wahpeton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, in southeastern North Dakota, United States. It is located along the Bois de Sioux River at its confluence with the Otter Tail River, forming the Red River of the North. Wahpeton is the county seat of Richland County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s 2015 population was 7,899.

Carrington, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,923
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 19.7%
More on Carrington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Carrington is a city in Foster County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Foster County. The population was 2,065 at the 2010 census. Carrington was founded in 1883.

Carrington is home to Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Inc.

Harvey, ND

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,762
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 22.8%
More on Harvey: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Beulah, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,312
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 32
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 29.4%
More on Beulah: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which place is best for families in North Dakota anyways?

To give you the places in North Dakota which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Peace Garden State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of North Dakota, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 1,000 people. For North Dakota, that meant a total of 29 cities.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In North Dakota

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in North Dakota ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles North Dakota according to the data:

  1. Tioga
  2. Mandan
  3. Bismarck

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In North Dakota?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Oakes, ND 2,018 40
2 Ellendale, ND 1,271 51
3 Rolla, ND 1,273 40
4 Stanley, ND 2,487 41
5 Bowman, ND 1,611 37
6 Cavalier, ND 1,203 36
7 Wahpeton, ND 7,822 65
8 Carrington, ND 1,923 46
9 Harvey, ND 1,762 53
10 Beulah, ND 3,312 59

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One thought on “10 Best Places To Raise A Family In North Dakota For 2019

  1. Am Ken,from Nigeria, am moving to north Dakota, I wish for a place with average population, good for family, high employment rate, am thinking of Dickinson and Jamestown. Am I making a good choice or is their a place you can suggest for me. Thank you.

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