Best Places to Live

Bismarck, ND

Population: 66,980
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Photo Courtesy of Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau

North Dakota’s capital has the perfect blend of strong-rooted tradition and a bold willingness to try new things. Bismarck’s young residents aren’t afraid to get creative and take on innovative ventures. Want proof? Check out Bismarck’s revitalized downtown, which is home to an impressive roster of locally owned businesses and a supportive community of artists and creatives.

Bismarck makes frequent appearances on Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live list thanks to an affordable cost of living, great job opportunities and an infrastructure that makes it easy to get around and enjoy all this fantastic city has to offer.

Local Obsession: The Bismarck Bobcats hockey team, of course.

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Extreme weather and outdoor adventures

Top Industries and Employers: Bismarck benefits from thriving agriculture and energy industries. MDU Resources, a company that provides energy, utilities and construction materials, is one of Bismarck’s top employers — and it’s now a Fortune 500 company. The state government is also a major employer.

Local Dream Job: Gallery owner — the arts scene in Bismarck is lively and growing fast.

Quintessential Meal: Tater tot hotdish with lefse for dessert: the perfect homage to the wonders of casserole country and North Dakota’s Scandinavian roots.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Getting outdoors, no matter the weather or the temperature.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Peacock Alley

Best Brewery: Laughing Sun Brewing

Beloved Bookstore: Owl Bookstore

Free Way to Have Fun: Explore the four galleries of The North Dakota Heritage Center or attend one of the frequent educational events held there.

- Claire Hannum

Read More:

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“I love living in Bismarck because of the community of local creatives. Bismarck has a flourishing creative scene and the talent seems to keep popping up all the time.”

Medora Frei
Bismarck artist

Bismarck, ND Ranking Data

Civic
80
Demographics
42
Economy
66
Education
61
Health
62
Housing
77
Infrastructure
70