These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In North Dakota For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Dakota that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and North Dakota does this very well. Families love the Peace Garden State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in North Dakota that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in North Dakota for 2018:

  1. Minot (Photos)
  2. Williston (Photos)
  3. Burlington
  4. Watford City
  5. Stanley
  6. Garrison
  7. Velva
  8. Rugby
  9. Devils Lake (Photos)
  10. Bottineau

So hopefully Linton (the cheapest place to live in North Dakota) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in North Dakota or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,251
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 75
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
Minot (/mant/ ( listen) MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state’s north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as ‘Magic City’, commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.

2. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,553
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 71
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 26,977, making Williston the sixth largest city in North Dakota. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population.

3. Burlington


Population: 1,060
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 69
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87

4. Watford City

Watford City, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,088
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 58
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87

5. Stanley

Stanley, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,898
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 54
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87

6. Garrison


Population: 1,199
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 53
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87

7. Velva


Population: 1,091
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 52
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87

8. Rugby

Rugby, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,873
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 52
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87

9. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,129
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 49
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. The population was 7,141 at the 2010 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.

10. Bottineau

Bottineau, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,290
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 49
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in North Dakota that have the highest cost of living, with Minot ranking as the most expensive city in the Peace Garden State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in North Dakota:

  1. Linton
  2. New Rockford
  3. Ellendale

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In North Dakota

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

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