These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In North Dakota


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

  1. Valley City
  2. Devils Lake
  3. Wahpeton
  4. Jamestown
  5. Mandan
  6. Williston
  7. Grand Forks
  8. Dickinson
  9. Fargo
  10. West Fargo

So listen up Bismarck as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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

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 12 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.

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1. Valley City

Valley City, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,585
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 51
Transportation: 95
Utiltiies: 99

2. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,129
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Healthcare: 108
Housing: 49
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 87

3. Wahpeton

Wahpeton, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,769
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 55
Transportation: 95
Utiltiies: 99

4. Jamestown

Jamestown, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,333
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 56
Transportation: 95
Utiltiies: 99

5. Mandan

Mandan, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,365
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 71
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 86

6. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,553
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Healthcare: 108
Housing: 71
Transportation: 100
Utiltiies: 87

7. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,773
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 81
Transportation: 95
Utiltiies: 99

8. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 18,140
Services: 97
Groceries: 107
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 81
Transportation: 104
Utiltiies: 86

9. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 106,005
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 81
Transportation: 95
Utiltiies: 99

10. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 25,793
Services: 96
Groceries: 101
Healthcare: 114
Housing: 81
Transportation: 95
Utiltiies: 99

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In North Dakota

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Valley City 1 6,585 96 101 114
Devils Lake 2 7,129 103 108 108
Wahpeton 3 7,769 96 101 114
Jamestown 4 15,333 96 101 114
Mandan 5 18,365 97 107 106
Williston 6 15,553 103 108 108
Grand Forks 7 52,773 96 101 114
Dickinson 8 18,140 97 107 106
Fargo 9 106,005 96 101 114
West Fargo 10 25,793 96 101 114
Minot 11 41,251 103 108 108
Bismarck 12 61,941 97 107 106

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