These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In North Dakota


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:

  1. Horace
  2. Bismarck (Photos)
  3. Minot (Photos)
  4. Dickinson (Photos)
  5. Fargo (Photos)
  6. Grand Forks (Photos)
  7. West Fargo (Photos)
  8. Williston (Photos)
  9. Lincoln
  10. Casselton

If you’re wondering, Grafton is the most affordable city in North Dakota.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in North Dakota.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In North Dakota

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.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 23 places in North Dakota that have more than 2,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Horace, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Horace

Horace, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,502
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 110
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 95
Utilities Index: 99

2. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,123
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 82
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 104
Utilities Index: 86

3. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,533
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 75
Healthcare Index: 108
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 87

4. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,920
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 81
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 104
Utilities Index: 86

5. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 110,725
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 81
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 95
Utilities Index: 99

6. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,095
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 81
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 95
Utilities Index: 99

7. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 28,371
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 81
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 95
Utilities Index: 99

8. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,849
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 71
Healthcare Index: 108
Transportation Index: 100
Utilities Index: 87

9. Lincoln

Lincoln, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,864
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 77
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 104
Utilities Index: 86

10. Casselton

Casselton, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 2,434
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 73
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 95
Utilities Index: 99

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 Horace ranking as the most exensive city in the Peace Garden State.

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

  1. Grafton
  2. New Town
  3. Valley City

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In North Dakota

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Horace 1 2,502 96 101 114 110 95 99
Bismarck 2 65,123 97 107 106 82 104 86
Minot 3 44,533 103 108 108 75 100 87
Dickinson 4 19,920 97 107 106 81 104 86
Fargo 5 110,725 96 101 114 81 95 99
Grand Forks 6 54,095 96 101 114 81 95 99
West Fargo 7 28,371 96 101 114 81 95 99
Williston 8 19,849 103 108 108 71 100 87
Lincoln 9 2,864 97 107 106 77 104 86
Casselton 10 2,434 96 101 114 73 95 99
Mandan 11 19,381 97 107 106 71 104 86
Watford City 12 2,738 103 108 108 58 100 87
Beulah 13 3,231 97 107 106 66 104 86
Hazen 14 2,607 97 107 106 56 104 86
Jamestown 15 15,407 96 101 114 56 95 99
Rugby 16 2,989 103 108 108 52 100 87
Wahpeton 17 7,804 96 101 114 55 95 99
Devils Lake 18 7,218 103 108 108 49 100 87
Bottineau 19 2,294 103 108 108 49 100 87
Lisbon 20 2,074 96 101 114 52 95 99
Valley City 21 6,636 96 101 114 51 95 99
New Town 22 2,210 103 108 108 44 100 87
Grafton 23 4,291 96 101 114 43 95 99

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