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:
- Minot (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Williston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Burlington (Homes For Sale)
- Watford City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Stanley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Garrison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Velva (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rugby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Devils Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bottineau (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
Population: 41,251 Services: 103
Health Care: 108
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Minot 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 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.
Population: 15,553 Services: 103
Health Care: 108
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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.
4. Watford City
9. Devils Lake
Population: 7,129 Services: 103
Health Care: 108
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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.
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:
- Health Insurance
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.
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:
- New Rockford
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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In North Dakota