These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In North Dakota


We used science and data to determine which small towns in North Dakota are the best of the best.

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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):

  1. Reile’S Acres
  2. Berthold
  3. Christine
  4. Harwood
  5. Oxbow
  6. Mooreton
  7. Frontier
  8. Manvel
  9. Buxton
  10. Reynolds

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.

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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.

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1. Reile’S Acres


Population 2014: 661
Median Income: $110,000
Median Home Price: $266,700
Crime Per 100k: 631

2. Berthold


Population 2014: 555
Median Income: $76,154
Median Home Price: $104,200
Crime Per 100k: 1,623

3. Christine


Population 2014: 167
Median Income: $66,250
Median Home Price: $118,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,595

4. Harwood


Population 2014: 812
Median Income: $81,667
Median Home Price: $163,400
Crime Per 100k: 1,334

5. Oxbow


Population 2014: 308
Median Income: $159,375
Median Home Price: $286,300
Crime Per 100k: 631

6. Mooreton


Population 2014: 200
Median Income: $65,000
Median Home Price: $104,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,715

7. Frontier


Population 2014: 151
Median Income: $90,000
Median Home Price: $200,000
Crime Per 100k: 652

8. Manvel


Population 2014: 344
Median Income: $58,750
Median Home Price: $123,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,654

9. Buxton


Population 2014: 400
Median Income: $66,500
Median Home Price: $86,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,778

10. Reynolds


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:

  1. Almont
  2. Drake
  3. Tappen

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In North Dakota

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Reile’S Acres 1 661 $110,000 $266,700 631
Berthold 2 555 $76,154 $104,200 1,623
Christine 3 167 $66,250 $118,800 1,595
Harwood 4 812 $81,667 $163,400 1,334
Oxbow 5 308 $159,375 $286,300 631
Mooreton 6 200 $65,000 $104,500 1,715
Frontier 7 151 $90,000 $200,000 652
Manvel 8 344 $58,750 $123,800 1,654
Buxton 9 400 $66,500 $86,700 1,778
Reynolds 10 336 $68,542 $101,800 1,706
Medora 11 145 $45,859 $129,200 746
Argusville 12 469 $93,750 $221,000 897
Ray 13 705 $59,375 $94,400 1,790
Davenport 14 202 $61,250 $114,400 1,697
Sawyer 15 360 $55,313 $94,600 1,828
Steele 16 657 $48,542 $69,300 423
Deering 17 130 $56,250 $66,900 2,137
Pembina 18 663 $63,750 $81,400 1,860
Makoti 19 237 $41,250 $76,000 2,067
Wilton 20 720 $49,479 $109,100 1,666
Leonard 21 271 $52,500 $92,900 1,723
Westhope 22 533 $53,125 $63,000 1,948
Neche 23 373 $63,333 $83,800 1,916
Taylor 24 169 $47,656 $85,000 1,806
Lamoure 25 945 $49,145 $73,600 105
Mapleton 26 848 $75,714 $125,300 1,033
Spiritwood Lake 27 89 $47,083 $128,100 1,563
Center 28 668 $61,250 $75,000 1,983
Mohall 29 719 $59,688 $77,400 1,842
Underwood 30 741 $55,000 $88,100 1,791
Abercrombie 31 292 $55,208 $57,500 1,884
Glenburn 32 364 $26,000 $97,500 1,779
Riverdale 33 184 $52,917 $89,500 1,677
Edinburg 34 180 $53,750 $56,900 1,856
Hunter 35 327 $53,750 $80,200 1,815
Kindred 36 650 $53,523 $118,500 1,675
Grandin 37 191 $57,188 $102,500 1,838
Killdeer 38 965 $47,206 $83,600 1,630
Tower City 39 282 $46,250 $91,400 1,855
Colfax 40 92 $56,500 $156,300 1,217
Northwood 41 762 $45,250 $99,500 524
Emerado 42 365 $39,896 $81,700 2,019
Milnor 43 628 $55,000 $65,800 2,024
Gwinner 44 662 $51,250 $72,200 1,980
Plaza 45 242 $43,333 $93,800 1,596
Amenia 46 120 $66,154 $97,100 1,947
Des Lacs 47 189 $68,365 $89,400 1,674
Sherwood 48 213 $50,375 $46,700 1,158
Portland 49 749 $53,026 $93,800 1,923
New England 50 588 $36,667 $72,500 2,124
Edgeley 51 518 $49,125 $64,100 2,006
Forman 52 557 $48,125 $64,300 2,121
Lansford 53 325 $47,917 $78,300 1,273
Fairmount 54 352 $51,250 $46,900 2,106
Crary 55 140 $68,250 $63,400 2,047
Walcott 56 224 $53,250 $96,900 1,905
Belfield 57 907 $52,330 $69,200 683
Drayton 58 705 $48,438 $67,400 1,940
Gilby 59 293 $42,500 $77,900 2,082
Forest River 60 181 $67,500 $60,400 2,079
Hatton 61 860 $36,161 $71,600 2,108
Leeds 62 425 $31,977 $49,100 2,189
Munich 63 253 $44,688 $56,300 2,071
New Salem 64 829 $46,136 $98,200 1,875
Hankinson 65 1,091 $43,333 $56,800 743
Max 66 333 $38,750 $64,200 2,111
Dunn Center 67 133 $50,714 $68,800 1,929
Michigan City 68 246 $40,114 $50,300 2,224
Rhame 69 146 $50,000 $60,800 1,858
Hope 70 300 $44,038 $53,200 2,046
Wimbledon 71 205 $34,792 $45,300 2,097
Arnegard 72 184 $53,523 $37,500 3,257
Page 73 209 $46,563 $58,200 2,046
Wishek 74 971 $38,750 $54,500 102
Minto 75 688 $46,250 $76,700 2,069
Galesburg 76 89 $29,737 $27,500 1,850
Arthur 77 340 $41,667 $90,000 1,720
Richardton 78 487 $34,167 $72,400 1,982
Napoleon 79 812 $43,214 $57,600 772
Portal 80 124 $40,667 $42,500 2,127
Gladstone 81 228 $46,875 $71,700 2,089
Starkweather 82 164 $43,500 $49,000 2,383
Epping 83 77 $52,500 $79,100 1,727
Lakota 84 563 $39,342 $63,000 2,035
Zap 85 229 $62,917 $48,200 2,145
Hebron 86 803 $50,781 $53,700 2,253
Golva 87 69 $42,083 $37,500 2,131
Crystal 88 158 $40,625 $45,500 2,138
Regent 89 189 $41,250 $55,000 1,866
Martin 90 78 $47,500 $43,300 2,288
Columbus 91 164 $46,346 $41,900 2,163
Anamoose 92 233 $34,792 $49,700 2,213
Towner 93 596 $38,125 $53,400 2,147
Pick City 94 130 $36,667 $94,500 1,804
Carpio 95 98 $40,000 $95,000 1,829
Flasher 96 237 $40,625 $56,200 2,080
Bowbells 97 367 $33,375 $49,800 2,014
Mott 98 751 $40,833 $40,000 2,129
Mcville 99 329 $38,047 $51,100 2,145
Enderlin 100 781 $36,750 $58,800 2,145

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