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7. Bismarck, ND
Located on the east bank of the Missouri River, Bismarck offers residents a large park system with walking and biking trails, a growing economy, and attractions like Dakota Zoo, the Kirkwood Mall in downtown and a pair of excellent golf courses. Newcomers find much to like in Bismarck’s affordable housing market and excellent health care. The city’s largest employer, Sanford Health, provides jobs to about 25,000 people, but the city's economy revolves around the small businesses in Bismark. The city’s tallest building is the 19-story, art deco North Dakota State Capitol.