Children play at a splash park in Grand Forks. A little boy laughs as he runs through a water sprinkler.

Courtesy of Convention and Visitors Bureau in Grand Forks

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 58
Demographics 33
Economy 85
Education 58
Health 67
Housing 79
Infrastructure 42

#79. Grand Forks, ND

The city of Grand Forks enjoys a diverse economy strong in sectors like advanced manufacturing, education, healthcare, research, retail and technology.

The University of North Dakota is a key player in the cultural vibe of the community, creating a youthful and active atmosphere, and the high-rated Grand Forks Public Schools district serves more than 7,200 students in 17 schools.

Residents can enjoy exercise along the Grand Forks Greenway that offers 2,200 acres of open space complete with several parks, a campground, two golf courses, three disc golf courses and 20 miles of multipurpose trails. Also in the city are Red River and Lake Agassiz with plenty of opportunities to fish, swim and boat, while quaint neighborhoods throughout Grand Forks offer affordable housing options.

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