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.

Join HomeSnacks

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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
  2. New Rockford
  3. Ellendale
  4. Hankinson
  5. Cooperstown
  6. Walhalla
  7. Grafton
  8. Hettinger
  9. Park River
  10. Carrington

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.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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

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.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. Linton


Population: 1,035
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 106
Housing: 35
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 86

2. New Rockford


Population: 1,304
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 106
Housing: 37
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 86

3. Ellendale


Population: 1,502
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 33
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99

4. Hankinson


Population: 1,091
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 40
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99

5. Cooperstown


Population: 1,040
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 41
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99

6. Walhalla


Population: 1,191
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 42
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99

7. Grafton

Grafton, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,307
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 43
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99

8. Hettinger


Population: 1,208
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 106
Housing: 46
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 86

9. Park River


Population: 1,491
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 114
Housing: 45
Transportation: 95
Utilities: 99

10. Carrington


Population: 2,050
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 106
Housing: 46
Transportation: 104
Utilities: 86

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

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

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook:

Facebook Discussion