When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not 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.
Where exactly in North Dakota is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Harvey as the best place to hang up your cleats.
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.
Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.
For North Dakota state reading:
- 10 Best Places To Live In North Dakota
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In North Dakota
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In North Dakota
- Best Places To Retire In America
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Peace Garden State for 2019
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 — 392 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 1,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 29 places from across the state.
- 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.
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.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In North Dakota 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:
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In North Dakota