5 Worst Places to Live in North Dakota

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This North Dakota cities are the worst to live in, based on our data collected from RoadSnacks.

Top 5: Mandan

Across the Missouri River from Bismarck, Mandan lies in the central part of the state along the Missouri River. As a result, the city is part of one of North Dakota's largest metropolitan areas.

Mandan's economy is better than most towns that show up on these lists of worst cities. A mere 2.3% of the population is unemployed, while the median household income is $69,014. However, there are still some weak points. There is not much diversity in the town, and crime rates are higher than average by about 30%.

Top 4: Wahpeton

The Wahpper calls Wahpeton home! Welcome! This is the most giant, most recognizable catfish globally, as it stands 40 feet tall. What could go wrong when your town has that going for it?

In the end, there were plenty. Locally, poverty rates are 16.0%, and the economy is slow. At the same time, educational and housing conditions aren't acceptable. Meanwhile, crime rates are 20% higher than the national average.

This state's eastern edge is home to Wahpeton, located near the Minnesota border. You can also explore the Sheyenne National Grassland, located about 40 minutes away.

Top 3: Devils Lake

This list includes the largest city in the United States, Devils Lake. Near the reservation in the northern half of the state, it's just across Devil's Lake.

Crime is rampant here. There are no safer places in North Dakota than this one. When you're within city limits, you're at risk for a property crime 1 in 22 times per year. That's a lot of stolen Vikings jerseys and a lot of bunny lunches and slush burgers.

Top 2: Williston

Recent decades have seen a significant surge in population in Williston, mainly due to a local oil boom. Since the 2000 census, the number of residents has increased to 27,250.

Those expansions have not been without their problems. A strong oil industry drives the economy, resulting in a low unemployment rate of 2.6% and a median income of $84,710. There have been other problems as well. In Williston, crime has increased by more than 25% above the national rate.

Williston also offers excellent outdoor recreation in addition to a solid financial foundation.

Top 1: Jamestown

You will probably notice the giant bison statue outside the National Buffalo Museum if you drive through Jamestown. In the image, a vast plain, once home to enormous herds of buffalo, surrounds the town of 15,289 people.

Community members suffer from this isolation. Housing and diversity fall short of expectations. On Great Schools, local schools have earned just 5/10. If you can believe, Jamestown has a reasonably strong economy as one of the few population centers in the area and one of the state's biggest cities. A 3.2% unemployment rate, paired with a median income of $51,789, characterizes its economy.

These are some of the worst-ranked cities in North Dakota, but the state still has some of the best safety scores, and there are dozens of other cities and towns with little to no crime. The FBI list contains a few names with zero crimes recorded against them. Please share any places we missed in the comments below if you think we missed them!


  • https://www.roadsnacks.net/these-are-the-10-worst-places-to-live-in-north-dakota/
  • https://www.homesnacks.com/nd/mandan/
  • https://www.homesnacks.com/nd/wahpeton/
  • https://www.homesnacks.com/nd/devils-lake/
  • https://www.homesnacks.com/nd/williston/
  • https://www.homesnacks.com/nd/jamestown/

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