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 . 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.


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.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Peace Garden State for 2019:

  1. Oakes (Homes For Sale)
  2. Ellendale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Rolla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Stanley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bowman (Homes For Sale)
  6. Cavalier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Wahpeton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Carrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Harvey (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Beulah (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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:

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.

Read on to see why Oakes is where all the families are headed, while Tioga is probably a place made for singles.

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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

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Population: 1,271
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 17.2%
More on Ellendale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rolla, ND

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Population: 1,273
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 36.9%
More on Rolla: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Stanley, ND

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Population: 2,487
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Stanley: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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Population: 1,611
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Denver
Households with kids: 25.6%
More on Bowman: Homes For Sale | Data

Cavalier, ND

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Population: 1,203
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 21.4%
More on Cavalier: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wahpeton, ND

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Population: 7,822
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
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

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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

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Population: 1,762
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 22.8%
More on Harvey: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Beulah, ND

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Population: 3,312
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Minneapolis
Households with kids: 29.4%
More on Beulah: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In North Dakota

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Oakes, ND 2,018 32
2 Ellendale, ND 1,271 44
3 Rolla, ND 1,273 33
4 Stanley, ND 2,487 61
5 Bowman, ND 1,611 48
6 Cavalier, ND 1,203 48
7 Wahpeton, ND 7,822 66
8 Carrington, ND 1,923 58
9 Harvey, ND 1,762 38
10 Beulah, ND 3,312 51
11 Thompson, ND 1,161 60
12 Lincoln, ND 3,467 45
13 West Fargo, ND 33,089 35
14 Lisbon, ND 2,082 53
15 Rugby, ND 2,847 33
16 Jamestown, ND 15,367 50
17 Hillsboro, ND 1,576 31
18 Grafton, ND 4,243 47
19 Dickinson, ND 22,309 63
20 Devils Lake, ND 7,313 60
21 Burlington, ND 1,332 59
22 Minot, ND 48,171 60
23 Fargo, ND 118,099 72
24 Williston, ND 25,072 62
25 Surrey, ND 1,165 42
26 Grand Forks, ND 56,236 47
27 Bismarck, ND 70,536 62
28 Mandan, ND 21,472 46
29 Tioga, ND 1,116 45

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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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