Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is North Dakota a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in North Dakota.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Peace Garden State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of North Dakota, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 30 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Peace Garden State for 2018:
- Renville County
- Logan County
- McIntosh County
- Kidder County
- Traill County
- Burleigh County (Photos)
- Pembina County (Photos)
- Billings County
- Ward County (Photos)
- Williams County (Photos)
Renville County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in North Dakota. And you might want to avoid Rolette County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move North Dakota, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which North Dakota county is the best?
To give you the best county in North Dakota, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in North Dakota across each of the criteria from one to 30, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In North Dakota’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Peace Garden State.
Read on to see why Renville County is the best county, while Rolette County is probably in contention for being the worst county in North Dakota.
2. Logan County
9. Ward County
10. Williams County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In North Dakota To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in North Dakota can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in North Dakota according to the data:
- Rolette County
- Pierce County
- Stutsman County
For more North Dakota reading, check out:
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In North Dakota
- 10 Safest Places In North Dakota
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In North Dakota
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In North Dakota
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