Best Places to Live

Bismarck, ND

Population: 73,529
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Photo Courtesy of Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau

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.

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- Sarah Kuta

"Whether you’re a boomer or a millennial, this community has opportunities for your personal and professional growth. Say you want to open a new business or find a new job, advance your career or take an enrichment class, even go camping with your family or catch a flight someplace tropical? You can do all of that and more, affordably, right here in Bismarck-Mandan."  

Brian Ritter
Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC President

Bismarck, ND Ranking Data

Civic
58
Demographics
17
Economy
66
Education
69
Health
69
Housing
59
Infrastructure
51