These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In North Dakota For 2018


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

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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 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 50 largest places in North Dakota, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in North Dakota for 2018:

  1. Linton (Homes For Sale)
  2. New Rockford (Homes For Sale)
  3. Ellendale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Hankinson (Homes For Sale)
  5. Cooperstown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Walhalla (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Grafton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Hettinger (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Park River (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Carrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Minot (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 the best places to live in North Dakota or the most expensive.

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Peace Garden State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In north dakota
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things 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” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 50 places in North Dakota that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

1. Linton

Linton, North Dakota

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,035
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 106
Housing: 35
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 86
More on Linton: Homes For Sale

2. New Rockford


Population: 1,304
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 106
Housing: 37
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 86
More on New Rockford: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Ellendale

Ellendale, North Dakota

Population: 1,502
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 33
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99
More on Ellendale: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Hankinson

Hankinson, North Dakota

Population: 1,091
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 40
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99
More on Hankinson: Homes For Sale

5. Cooperstown

Cooperstown, North Dakota

Population: 1,040
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 41
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99
More on Cooperstown: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Walhalla

Walhalla, North Dakota

Population: 1,191
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 42
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99
More on Walhalla: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Grafton

Grafton, North Dakota

Population: 4,307
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 43
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99
More on Grafton: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Hettinger

Hettinger, North Dakota

Population: 1,208
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 106
Housing: 46
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 86
More on Hettinger: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Park River

Park River, North Dakota

Population: 1,491
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 45
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99
More on Park River: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Carrington

Carrington, North Dakota

Population: 2,050
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 106
Housing: 46
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 86
More on Carrington: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in North Dakota, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In North Dakota

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Linton 18.75 1,035 97 107 106
2 New Rockford 18.92 1,304 97 107 106
3 Ellendale 18.92 1,502 96 101 114
4 Hankinson 19.83 1,091 96 101 114
5 Cooperstown 20.17 1,040 96 101 114
6 Walhalla 20.5 1,191 96 101 114
7 Grafton 20.75 4,307 96 101 114
8 Hettinger 21.08 1,208 97 107 106
9 Park River 21.08 1,491 96 101 114
10 Carrington 21.08 2,050 97 107 106
11 Hillsboro 22.42 1,809 96 101 114
12 Oakes 22.42 1,877 96 101 114
13 Valley City 22.42 6,585 96 101 114
14 Lisbon 22.92 2,199 96 101 114
15 Cavalier 23.33 1,385 96 101 114
16 Larimore 23.67 1,433 96 101 114
17 Wahpeton 23.92 7,769 96 101 114
18 Hazen 23.92 2,412 97 107 106
19 Jamestown 24.25 15,333 96 101 114
20 Mayville 24.25 1,678 96 101 114
21 Bowman 24.42 1,605 97 107 106
22 Washburn 24.58 1,252 97 107 106
23 Beulah 24.75 3,115 97 107 106
24 Mandan 25.17 18,365 97 107 106
25 Lincoln 25.75 2,494 97 107 106
26 Casselton 25.75 2,137 96 101 114
27 Dickinson 26.17 18,140 97 107 106
28 West Fargo 26.5 25,793 96 101 114
29 Grand Forks 26.5 52,773 96 101 114
30 Fargo 26.5 106,005 96 101 114
31 Bismarck 26.58 61,941 97 107 106
32 Crosby 26.58 1,053 103 108 108
33 Harvey 26.75 1,862 103 108 108
34 Cando 27.0 1,036 103 108 108
35 Horace 27.08 2,608 96 101 114
36 Langdon 27.33 1,817 103 108 108
37 Parshall 27.67 1,123 103 108 108
38 New Town 28.08 1,855 103 108 108
39 Rolla 28.58 1,240 103 108 108
40 Kenmare 28.92 1,132 103 108 108
41 Devils Lake 29.17 7,129 103 108 108
42 Bottineau 29.17 2,290 103 108 108
43 Rugby 30.08 2,873 103 108 108
44 Velva 30.08 1,091 103 108 108
45 Garrison 30.5 1,199 103 108 108
46 Stanley 30.83 1,898 103 108 108
47 Watford City 31.75 2,088 103 108 108
48 Burlington 32.42 1,060 103 108 108
49 Williston 32.67 15,553 103 108 108
50 Minot 33.08 41,251 103 108 108

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