These Are The 10 Richest Cities In North Dakota For 2019


We analyzed 25 places in North Dakota to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in North Dakota.

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Horace, Hazen, Beulah: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in North Dakota. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Peace Garden State.

Horace in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $110,870 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 1.8%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in North Dakota share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 25 places in North Dakota with more than 2,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in North Dakota for 2019:

  1. Horace (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Hazen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Beulah (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. West Fargo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Lisbon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Casselton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lincoln (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Watford City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Williston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Oakes (Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in North Dakota.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about North Dakota:

How We Determined The Richest Places In North Dakota For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In North Dakota
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 25 places with more than 2,000 people in North Dakota, we ranked each place from 1 to 25 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Horace, crowned the “Richest City In North Dakota For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 25 places.

Horace, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,603
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $110,870
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Horace: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hazen, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,643
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,542
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
More on Hazen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beulah, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,312
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $86,518
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Beulah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 33,089
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $76,925
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
More on West Fargo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Fargo is a city in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. It is, as of the 2016 Census Estimates, the fifth largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population estimated at 34,858, and it is one of the state’s fastest growing cities. West Fargo was founded in 1926. The city is part of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Lisbon, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,082
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Income: $59,412
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Lisbon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Casselton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,773
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $69,858
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Casselton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincoln, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,467
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $76,789
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 0.3%
More on Lincoln: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Watford City, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,441
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Income: $77,924
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Watford City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Williston, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,072
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $91,359
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
More on Williston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,018
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $57,841
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Oakes: Real Estate | Data

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In North Dakota For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in North Dakota, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in North Dakota.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in North Dakota, according to data:

Poorest: Grand Forks
2nd Poorest: Grafton
3rd Poorest: New Town

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In North Dakota

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Horace 1.67 $110,870
2 Hazen 5.67 $83,542
3 Beulah 5.83 $86,518
4 West Fargo 6.67 $76,925
5 Lisbon 7.33 $59,412
6 Casselton 7.5 $69,858
7 Lincoln 7.83 $76,789
8 Watford City 8.83 $77,924
9 Williston 10.0 $91,359
10 Oakes 11.17 $57,841
11 Bismarck 12.0 $61,477
12 Minot 12.17 $63,133
13 Dickinson 13.0 $74,469
14 Stanley 14.0 $62,273
15 Mandan 14.17 $61,817
16 Jamestown 14.67 $51,743
17 Bottineau 16.67 $52,560
18 Rugby 17.0 $38,750
19 Devils Lake 17.5 $43,791
20 Wahpeton 18.17 $51,756
21 Fargo 19.5 $50,561
22 Valley City 20.17 $47,542
23 New Town 20.67 $57,105
24 Grafton 20.67 $43,585
25 Grand Forks 22.17 $48,241

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In North Dakota For 2019

  1. Interesting article but the photo of Main Street of Watford City is from the 1980’s and does not reflect the growth and beauty of our downtown.

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