This should come as no surprise, North Dakota ranks high on the list of best places to live. And no surprise that in the annual ranking of the best cities in the country to raise a family, NoDak has two cities that make the top 50.

24/7 Wall St compiled the list and published it this week. There are several factors the website took into consideration including economy, education and cost of living. According to 24/7 Wall St, the methodology examined included-

To determine America’s best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 U.S. cities with populations of 65,000 or more as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s 50 Best Cities to Live.

Anytime Bismarck can beat Fargo at anything, it's a good thing. Fargo placed #50. Bismarck came in at #11. According to the website on Bismarck-

In Bismarck, the typical resident makes $60,752. However, when adjusted for the North Dakota capital’s low cost of living, this figure increases by about $9,000 to $69,678. The typical home costs $195,800, barely over three times the median income, making Bismarck one of the most affordable cities. Thanks in part to North Dakota’s recent oil boom, Bismarck also has the lowest unemployment rate of any city in the country at just 2.5%. The city’s workforce also has the shortest commute of any city at an average of just 14 minutes. The city also has the best air in the country, with 99.4% of days with good air quality.

Other Midwest cities made the list including a few in Minnesota and Wisconsin. You can see the complete list here.


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