These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In North Dakota For 2019


We analyzed over 29 places in North Dakota to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in North Dakota.

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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 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.

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For North Dakota state reading:

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.

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.

Harvey, ND

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,923
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $397
Distance to Closest Airport: 70 miles
More on Harvey: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carrington, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,980
Rank Last Year: 40 (Up 38)
Median Rent: $499
Distance to Closest Airport: 97 miles
More on Carrington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Cavalier, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,204
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 11)
Median Rent: $531
Distance to Closest Airport: 61 miles
More on Cavalier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Stanley, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,328
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 28)
Median Rent: $742
Distance to Closest Airport: 50 miles
More on Stanley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rugby, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,092
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $620
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
More on Rugby: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beulah, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,328
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $586
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
More on Beulah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Grafton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,287
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $513
Distance to Closest Airport: 33 miles
More on Grafton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ellendale, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,432
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $460
Distance to Closest Airport: 148 miles
More on Ellendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hillsboro, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,643
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 20)
Median Rent: $516
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on Hillsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lisbon, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,091
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 31)
Median Rent: $526
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
More on Lisbon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

  1. Lincoln
  2. Mandan
  3. Fargo

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In North Dakota

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Harvey 1,923 $397
2 Carrington 1,980 $499
3 Cavalier 1,204 $531
4 Stanley 2,328 $742
5 Rugby 3,092 $620
6 Beulah 3,328 $586
7 Grafton 4,287 $513
8 Ellendale 1,432 $460
9 Hillsboro 1,643 $516
10 Lisbon 2,091 $526
11 Hazen 2,653 $747
12 Bowman 1,717 $635
13 Thompson 1,196 $661
14 Devils Lake 7,299 $529
15 Tioga 1,126 $925
16 Rolla 1,388 $538
17 Jamestown 15,441 $629
18 Surrey 1,079 $1,114
19 Minot 47,338 $917
20 Wahpeton 7,844 $544
21 Williston 23,902 $953
22 Burlington 1,235 $1,270
23 West Fargo 31,557 $770
24 Grand Forks 55,831 $772
25 Dickinson 21,985 $917
26 Bismarck 68,981 $798
27 Fargo 115,950 $727
28 Mandan 20,613 $756
29 Lincoln 3,311 $939

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