People are flocking to Bismarck, the capital city of North Dakota, thanks to its low cost of living, low unemployment rate and family-friendly amenities. The city, home to roughly 73,000 residents, is expected to continue to grow as more and more people seek out this vibrant community with a friendly, hard-working attitude. It’s got state-of-the-art healthcare offerings, very little crime, great schools and tons of art, history and recreation options.
Top Industries and Employers: Healthcare, education and government
Best Coffee Shop: Grab a lavender latte at Terra Nomad, which also offers mouth-watering pastries and brunch dishes like “Sloppy Scones,” made with a cheddar scone, two eggs, gravy, bacon bits and scallions.
Best Local Beer/Brewery: Laughing Sun Brewing Co.
Must-Have Meal: A pizza followed by gelato from Fireflour Pizza
Best Co-Working Space: Juniper Workantile, which offers day passes for just $10 and is conveniently located right downtown.
Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Blarney Stone Pub, a cozy spot with delicious Irish fare and great happy hour deals.
Creative Hub: Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative, which offers exhibits and art classes for all ages.
Favorite Weekend Activity: Hiking, biking, camping, fishing or riding horses at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, the oldest state park in North Dakota.
Free Way to Have Fun: Exploring the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, which offers free admission and has tons of interesting exhibits about North Dakota history, art, birds and more.
Local Dream Job: Fishing guide, so you can spend as much time as possible on the Missouri River.
- Sarah Kuta