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Where are the best places in the state of North Dakota?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They're the places in Peace Garden State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don't trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in North Dakota.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it's hard to argue against.
After analyzing 22 places in North Dakota, we came up with this list of the best places.
Here are the 10 best places to live in North Dakota for 2019:
- Lincoln (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- West Fargo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Stanley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hazen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Horace (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Williston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lisbon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dickinson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bismarck (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Minot (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Lincoln if you're thinking of moving to North Dakota -- it's the best the Peace Garden State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in North Dakota.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In North Dakota For 2019
At an unemployment rate of 2.7%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Lincoln. And the residents command high salaries ($74,048 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($186,800 each).
We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in North Dakota. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.
West Fargo isn't just the nicest place to live in North Dakota - it's also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It's got the 4th lowest unemployment rate, the 7th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you're looking at science and data, West Fargo definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Stanley.
Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 22nd lowest in North Dakota and the median income comes in at $60,500.
This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Hazen is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.
Home prices clock in at $146,700 and households earn a median salary of $77,275. One could get used to that.
The Horace has the 5th lowest unemployment rate in North Dakota. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Horace is higher than the national average and households make $107,000 per year.
We'd move to Horace if we could in a heart beat.
Let's take a look at why Williston is a great place to call home for 2019.
There's low crime in Williston, and the residents here are gainfully employed (2.2% unemployment rate).
You can make Williston your home for only $223,800 which won't be too hard on a $90,875 household salary.
Lisbon is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It's quite a gem tucked away in North Dakota.
Dickinson had the 16th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (3.5%) and the 9th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Dickinson is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it's like to live there.
By far the largest city at the top of our rankings, Bismarck has a well deserved spot on this list. Let's look at why.
It is a solid place to live due to the relatively low crime for a city its size and the fact that residents are employed at a high rate.
Plus, obviously, there's a boat load of things to do every day of the week.
With the unemployment rate being the 10th lowest in North Dakota and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Minot.
Plus, the crime rate is the 13th lowest in the state!
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in North Dakota
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Bismarck with a population of 68,981 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities -- Populations over 2,000
- Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 2,000
- Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000
This left us with 22 cities, 27 towns, and 261 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 2,000 people to truly be 'the best'.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In North Dakota
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in North Dakota across a number of criteria from one to 22, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In North Dakota".
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in North Dakota? That would be Lincoln.
If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in North Dakota.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Lincoln at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In North Dakota
If you're looking at areas in North Dakota with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Lincoln made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in North Dakota for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In North Dakota
- Thompson (Pop. 1,196)
- Surrey (Pop. 1,079)
- Langdon (Pop. 1,929)
- Hettinger (Pop. 1,140)
- Burlington (Pop. 1,235)
- Washburn (Pop. 1,464)
- Carrington (Pop. 1,980)
- Bowman (Pop. 1,717)
- Hillsboro (Pop. 1,643)
- Crosby (Pop. 1,000)
Best Small Towns To Live In North Dakota
- Reile's Acres (Pop. 514)
- Briarwood (Pop. 54)
- Prairie Rose (Pop. 84)
- North River (Pop. 60)
- Newburg (Pop. 147)
- Frontier (Pop. 192)
- Oxbow (Pop. 395)
- Pembina (Pop. 502)
- Harwood (Pop. 767)
- Buchanan (Pop. 63)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in North Dakota according to the data:
- Jamestown (Pop. 15,441)
- Grafton (Pop. 4,287)
- Devils Lake (Pop. 7,299)
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