These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In North Dakota For 2019


We used data and science to determine which places in North Dakota go easy on your wallet.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in North Dakota.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in North Dakota definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the cities and places in North Dakota where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Peace Garden State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 49 largest places in North Dakota, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

So where is the cheapest place to live in North Dakota? That would be Walhalla.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in North Dakota for 2019:

  1. Walhalla (Photos | Homes)
  2. New Rockford (Homes)
  3. Langdon (Homes)
  4. Cooperstown (Photos | Homes)
  5. Ellendale (Photos | Homes)
  6. Cando (Homes)
  7. Harvey (Photos | Homes)
  8. Parshall (Homes)
  9. Lisbon (Photos | Homes)
  10. Park River (Photos | Homes)

So listen up Grand Forks (the most expensive place in North Dakota) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about North Dakota and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Peace Garden State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In North Dakota
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in North Dakota to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 49 places in North Dakota that have more than 1,000 people.

The place with the lowest cost of living in North Dakota according to the data is Walhalla.

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In North Dakota For 2019

Walhalla, ND

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,008
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 20)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.3x (1st most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 112.2x (6th cheapest)
More On Walhalla: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Walhalla comes in at $59,712 and the median home value is $76,300 for 2019.

New Rockford, ND

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,405
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.4x (2nd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 104.6x (13th cheapest)
More On New Rockford: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in New Rockford comes in at $49,667 and the median home value is $67,700 for 2019.

Langdon, ND

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,946
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.5x (4th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 121.5x (4th cheapest)
More On Langdon: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Langdon comes in at $65,493 and the median home value is $97,300 for 2019.

Cooperstown, ND

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,166
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.7x (8th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 118.1x (5th cheapest)
More On Cooperstown: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Cooperstown comes in at $51,000 and the median home value is $89,200 for 2019.

Ellendale, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,271
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.5x (6th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 96.5x (18th cheapest)
More On Ellendale: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Ellendale comes in at $44,297 and the median home value is $66,900 for 2019.

Cando, ND

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,085
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.5x (5th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 95.9x (19th cheapest)
More On Cando: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Cando comes in at $50,250 and the median home value is $74,800 for 2019.

Harvey, ND

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,762
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.9x (10th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 107.1x (11th cheapest)
More On Harvey: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Harvey comes in at $45,962 and the median home value is $85,600 for 2019.

Parshall, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,036
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.5x (3rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 92.5x (23rd cheapest)
More On Parshall: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Parshall comes in at $64,044 and the median home value is $95,000 for 2019.

Lisbon, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,082
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.9x (11th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 110.4x (7th cheapest)
More On Lisbon: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Lisbon comes in at $59,412 and the median home value is $111,300 for 2019.

Park River, ND

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,452
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.8x (9th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 76.7x (36th cheapest)
More On Park River: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Park River comes in at $45,547 and the median home value is $80,300 for 2019.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. North Dakota Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in North Dakota, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in north dakota for 2019.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in North Dakota according to the data:

  1. Grand Forks
  2. Minot
  3. Fargo

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places To Live In North Dakota

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Walhalla 3.67 1,008 1.3x 112.2x
2 New Rockford 5.67 1,405 1.4x 104.6x
3 Langdon 7.33 1,946 1.5x 121.5x
4 Cooperstown 7.67 1,166 1.7x 118.1x
5 Ellendale 8.33 1,271 1.5x 96.5x
6 Cando 9.0 1,085 1.5x 95.9x
7 Harvey 9.67 1,762 1.9x 107.1x
8 Parshall 12.33 1,036 1.5x 92.5x
9 Lisbon 12.67 2,082 1.9x 110.4x
10 Park River 16.67 1,452 1.8x 76.7x

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