These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live 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 | Homes For Sale)
  2. Williston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Burlington (Homes For Sale)
  4. Watford City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Stanley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Garrison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Velva (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Rugby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Devils Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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

1. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Population: 41,251
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 75
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Minot: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

2. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Population: 15,553
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 71
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Williston: Homes For Sale | Data
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
More on Burlington: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Watford City

Watford City, North Dakota

Population: 2,088
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 58
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Watford City: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Stanley

Stanley, North Dakota

Population: 1,898
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 54
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Stanley: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Garrison

Garrison, North Dakota

Population: 1,199
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 53
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Garrison: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Velva

Velva, North Dakota

Population: 1,091
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 52
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Velva: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Rugby

Rugby, North Dakota

Population: 2,873
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 52
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Rugby: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Population: 7,129
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 49
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Devils Lake: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Population: 2,290
Services: 103
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 108
Housing: 49
Transportation: 100
Utilities: 87
More on Bottineau: Homes For Sale | Data

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

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In North Dakota Map
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.

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

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In North Dakota

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

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