These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Dakota have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you trying to find love in North Dakota?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in North Dakota, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Peace Garden State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.

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

These are the best cities for singles in North Dakota. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Fargo (Photos)
  2. Grand Forks (Photos)
  3. Minot (Photos)
  4. Rugby
  5. Jamestown (Photos)
  6. Devils Lake (Photos)
  7. Bismarck (Photos)
  8. Wahpeton (Photos)
  9. Dickinson
  10. West Fargo (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.

The most boring place in North Dakota? That would be Horace.

And after you find a mate, you’ll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don’t forget to check out the best places to live in North Dakota or the safest places to live in North Dakota.

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How do you determine which city is best for singles in North Dakota anyways?

To give you the places in North Dakota which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of North Dakota, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For North Dakota, that meant a total of 22 cities.

Read on to see why Fargo is the talk of the town while Horace is probably a bit on the boring side.

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1. Fargo

Fargo, Nd

Population: 115,950
Median Age: 30.5
Married households: 36.0%
Households with kids: 25.3%
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 16% of the state population. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. According to the 2016 United States Census estimates, its population was 120,762, making it the 229th-most populous city in the United States. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as the adjacent cities of West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2016 contained a population of 238,124. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Fargo as the fourth fastest-growing small city in the United States.

2. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, Nd

Source: Public domain

Population: 55,831
Median Age: 28.8
Married households: 38.2%
Households with kids: 24.7%
Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota (after Fargo and Bismarck) and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population was 52,838, while the total of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461. Grand Forks, along with its twin city of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, forms the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks or The Grand Cities.

3. Minot

Minot, Nd

Population: 47,338
Median Age: 31.9
Married households: 43.9%
Households with kids: 25.5%
Minot (/mant/ ( listen) MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state’s north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as ‘Magic City’, commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.

4. Rugby

Rugby, Nd

Population: 3,092
Median Age: 46.1
Married households: 42.4%
Households with kids: 19.8%

5. Jamestown

Jamestown, Nd

Population: 15,441
Median Age: 38.5
Married households: 38.3%
Households with kids: 23.6%
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.

6. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, Nd

Population: 7,299
Median Age: 42.1
Married households: 33.9%
Households with kids: 24.9%
Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. The population was 7,141 at the 2010 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.

7. Bismarck

Bismarck, Nd

Population: 68,981
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 43.9%
Households with kids: 27.8%
Bismarck (/bzmrk/) is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city’s population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.

8. Wahpeton

Wahpeton, Nd

Population: 7,844
Median Age: 32.0
Married households: 43.9%
Households with kids: 23.8%
Wahpeton (/wptn/ WAH-pit-n) 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.

9. Dickinson

Dickinson, Nd

Population: 21,985
Median Age: 33.7
Married households: 46.4%
Households with kids: 29.1%
Dickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stark County. The population was 17,787 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2015 population is 23,765.

10. West Fargo

West Fargo, Nd

Population: 31,557
Median Age: 33.4
Married households: 53.9%
Households with kids: 36.9%
West Fargo is a city in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. It is, as of the 2016 Census Estimates, the fifth largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population estimated at 34,858, and it is one of the state’s fastest growing cities. West Fargo was founded in 1926. The city is part of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles 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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the most boring cities in North Dakota according to the data:

  1. Horace
  2. Oakes
  3. Casselton

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota

City Rank Population Median Age
Fargo 1 115,950 30.5
Grand Forks 2 55,831 28.8
Minot 3 47,338 31.9
Rugby 4 3,092 46.1
Jamestown 5 15,441 38.5
Devils Lake 6 7,299 42.1
Bismarck 7 68,981 37.0
Wahpeton 8 7,844 32.0
Dickinson 9 21,985 33.7
West Fargo 10 31,557 33.4
Mandan 11 20,613 36.5
Williston 12 23,902 31.2
Bottineau 13 2,340 39.2
Hazen 14 2,653 35.8
Lincoln 15 3,311 29.7
Lisbon 16 2,091 43.5
Grafton 17 4,287 44.4
Beulah 18 3,328 44.9
Stanley 19 2,328 37.3
Casselton 20 2,500 32.9
Oakes 21 2,043 37.1
Horace 22 2,559 38.7

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