Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota For 2020

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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in North Dakota.

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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 for 2020:

  1. Fargo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Grand Forks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Minot (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Wahpeton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bismarck (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Dickinson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Jamestown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Williston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bottineau (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lisbon (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in North Dakota? Fargo ranks as the best place for singles in North Dakota if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

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.

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota For 2020

Fargo, ND

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Population: 120,209
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 25.0%
More on Fargo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Grand Forks, ND

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Population: 56,556
Median Age: 28.7
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 23.8%
More on Grand Forks: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota 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.

Minot, ND

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Population: 48,304
Median Age: 31.6
Married households: 24.0%
Households with kids: 25.3%
More on Minot: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Minot 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 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.

Wahpeton, ND

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Population: 7,792
Median Age: 31.3
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 23.2%
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.

Bismarck, ND

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Population: 71,731
Median Age: 37.1
Married households: 34.0%
Households with kids: 27.3%
More on Bismarck: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bismarck 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.

Review Of Bismarck by HomeSnacks User

Currently live in Bismarck. I could only live here or Fargo/West Fargo in this state. I love ND though, and it truly is the best state in the country

Dickinson, ND

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Population: 22,707
Median Age: 32.3
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 27.7%
More on Dickinson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Jamestown, ND

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Population: 15,368
Median Age: 37.6
Married households: 30.0%
Households with kids: 24.9%
More on Jamestown: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Jamestown by HomeSnacks User

It's a small town mostly white middle to upper class then theirs the criminal layer town try's to keep a perfect image so any criminal offense is cracked down on hard little to no organized crime and those that are they are just avoiding warrants in other states their is a large amount of mostly m**h addicts m**h and marijuana being easy to obtain heroine and other deadlier drugs are almost impossible to obtain with c*****e and acid being somewhere in the middle their has been efforts with the cartel to try and place a larger foothold in the town but most memebers either get caught or leave within a few months with them gradually putting more effort in each operation overdoses are common but almost never reported in the newspapers with an attempt to keep the town looking like a paradise

Safe and peaceful place for most of the people as long as they avoid the m**h addicts and other unsavory things the time I spent there was traumatizing

Williston, ND

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Population: 26,102
Median Age: 30.7
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 31.2%
More on Williston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 26,977, making Williston the sixth largest city in North Dakota. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population.

Bottineau, ND

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Population: 2,199
Median Age: 42.6
Married households: 35.0%
Households with kids: 25.1%
More on Bottineau: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lisbon, ND

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Population: 2,052
Median Age: 47.5
Married households: 31.0%
Households with kids: 23.4%
More on Lisbon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 2014-2018 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 23 cities. You can download the data here.

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

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in north dakota for 2020

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. Casselton
  3. Carrington

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Fargo, ND 120,209 30.4
2 Grand Forks, ND 56,556 28.7
3 Minot, ND 48,304 31.6
4 Wahpeton, ND 7,792 31.3
5 Bismarck, ND 71,731 37.1
6 Dickinson, ND 22,707 32.3
7 Jamestown, ND 15,368 37.6
8 Williston, ND 26,102 30.7
9 Bottineau, ND 2,199 42.6
10 Lisbon, ND 2,052 47.5
11 Devils Lake, ND 7,317 42.2
12 West Fargo, ND 34,419 33.7
13 Mandan, ND 21,943 36.9
14 Rugby, ND 2,677 49.8
15 Lincoln, ND 3,594 30.7
16 Hazen, ND 2,610 38.4
17 Beulah, ND 3,296 40.1
18 Grafton, ND 4,192 40.8
19 Oakes, ND 2,042 38.0
20 Stanley, ND 2,594 34.0
21 Carrington, ND 2,020 49.5
22 Casselton, ND 2,508 33.1
23 Horace, ND 2,660 39.1

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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