You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in North Dakota, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Peace Garden State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in North Dakota based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.
We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in North Dakota ranked the based–you know, based on science. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in North Dakota (in which to live):
- Reile’S Acres
If you live in one of these small towns like Reile’s Acres, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in North Dakota.
How We Determined The Best Small Towns In North Dakota
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
- Crime Rates (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 160 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 160, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in North Dakota. Top of that list — Reile’s Acres.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in North Dakota.
1. Reile’S Acres
Population 2014: 661 Median Income: $110,000
Median Home Price: $266,700
Crime Per 100k: 631
Population 2014: 555 Median Income: $76,154
Median Home Price: $104,200
Crime Per 100k: 1,623
Population 2014: 167 Median Income: $66,250
Median Home Price: $118,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,595
Population 2014: 812 Median Income: $81,667
Median Home Price: $163,400
Crime Per 100k: 1,334
Population 2014: 308 Median Income: $159,375
Median Home Price: $286,300
Crime Per 100k: 631
Population 2014: 200 Median Income: $65,000
Median Home Price: $104,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,715
Population 2014: 151 Median Income: $90,000
Median Home Price: $200,000
Crime Per 100k: 652
Population 2014: 344 Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Price: $123,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,654
Population 2014: 400 Median Income: $66,500
Median Home Price: $86,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,778
Population 2014: 336 Median Income: $68,542
Median Home Price: $101,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,706
Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 10 small towns in North Dakota are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in North Dakota:
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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In North Dakota