These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In North Dakota For 2018


We analyzed over 14 places in North Dakota to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of North Dakota.

But where exactly in North Dakota? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in North Dakota that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Harvey don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Peace Garden State to retire for 2018:

  1. Harvey (Homes For Sale)
  2. Carrington (Homes For Sale)
  3. Cavalier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Stanley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Rugby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Beulah (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Grafton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Ellendale (Homes For Sale)
  9. Hillsboro (Homes For Sale)
  10. Lisbon (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Why did Harvey take the top spot? And where are Fargo and Bismarck?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in North Dakota.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Peace Garden State

To create our list of the best places in North Dakota to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Peace Garden State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 29 places from across the state.

For these 29, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 29, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Harvey, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Harvey

Harvey, North Dakota

Population: 1,923
Median Rent: $397
Distance to Closest Airport: 70 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,508
More on Harvey: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Carrington

Carrington, North Dakota

Population: 1,980
Median Rent: $499
Distance to Closest Airport: 97 miles
Crime Per 100k: 353
More on Carrington: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Cavalier

Cavalier, North Dakota

Population: 1,204
Median Rent: $531
Distance to Closest Airport: 61 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,993
More on Cavalier: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Stanley

Stanley, North Dakota

Population: 2,328
Median Rent: $742
Distance to Closest Airport: 50 miles
Crime Per 100k: 558
More on Stanley: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Rugby

Rugby, North Dakota

Population: 3,092
Median Rent: $620
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,908
More on Rugby: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Beulah

Beulah, North Dakota

Population: 3,328
Median Rent: $586
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,262
More on Beulah: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Grafton

Grafton, North Dakota

Population: 4,287
Median Rent: $513
Distance to Closest Airport: 33 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,939
More on Grafton: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Ellendale

Ellendale, North Dakota

Population: 1,432
Median Rent: $460
Distance to Closest Airport: 148 miles
Crime Per 100k: 488
More on Ellendale: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, North Dakota

Population: 1,643
Median Rent: $516
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,095
More on Hillsboro: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Lisbon

Lisbon, North Dakota

Population: 2,091
Median Rent: $526
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,291
More on Lisbon: Homes For Sale | Data

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in North Dakota goes to Harvey.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Lincoln
  • Mandan
  • Fargo

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In North Dakota

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Harvey 1 1,923 $397 70 1,508
Carrington 2 1,980 $499 97 353
Cavalier 3 1,204 $531 61 1,993
Stanley 4 2,328 $742 50 558
Rugby 5 3,092 $620 59 1,908
Beulah 6 3,328 $586 72 1,262
Grafton 7 4,287 $513 33 2,939
Ellendale 8 1,432 $460 148 488
Hillsboro 9 1,643 $516 38 1,095
Lisbon 10 2,091 $526 107 1,291
Hazen 11 2,653 $747 68 75
Bowman 12 1,717 $635 138 1,456
Thompson 13 1,196 $661 12 752
Devils Lake 14 7,299 $529 79 4,397
Tioga 15 1,126 $925 35 1,776
Rolla 16 1,388 $538 86 2,809
Jamestown 17 15,441 $629 79 3,458
Surrey 18 1,079 $1114 6 834
Minot 19 47,338 $917 1 3,191
Wahpeton 20 7,844 $544 118 2,779
Williston 21 23,902 $953 1 3,217
Burlington 22 1,235 $1270 6 161
West Fargo 23 31,557 $770 76 1,758
Grand Forks 24 55,831 $772 5 3,510
Dickinson 25 21,985 $917 97 2,406
Bismarck 26 68,981 $798 102 3,890
Fargo 27 115,950 $727 76 3,717
Mandan 28 20,613 $756 100 4,128
Lincoln 29 3,311 $939 106 422

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