State capital Bismarck, ND, has booming economy, low cost of living, great schools, and recreational and cultural opportunities. Dozens of attractions and plenty of green space give residents lots to see and do. In fact, with 18 golf courses, Bismarck earned a spot on our Top 10 Golf Cities and Top 10 Manly Cities lists. Amid the city's tree-lined rolling hills and prairies, lies a bustling metropolitan area with top employers in health-care, government and education. Forbes ranked Bismarck #3 as a Best Small Places for Business and Careers.