Best Places to Live

Fargo, ND

Population: 113,464
Photo Courtesy of Haley Frost Creative

Move here if you want to … start your own business.

Lots of cities around the country are creating effective entrepreneurial ecosystems, but few places have the combination of entrepreneurial opportunity and supportive, tight-knit community that Fargo has. If you want to start your own business, Fargo offers personal and professional support, a culture of growth and an affordable cost of living that is crucial when you’re getting a new business off the ground. It’s no surprise the city has a thriving startup scene.

But don’t take our word for it. When we asked Christy Tehven, a florist who started her own floral and events shop in Fargo, how basing her business in Fargo helped her succeed, here’s what she had to say:

“I just love the heart of our city, the kindness that is shown towards others. Starting a business, you never really know how people are going to show up and support you. When I asked for customers and asked for people to help support me, they totally did, no questions asked. The hearts of the people here are really genuine. They want the best for you, not like, ‘I hope this person doesn’t make it.’”

P.S. Just in case you didn’t know: Fargo is way cooler than you think.