15 Safest Places To Live In North Dakota – 2016
About the State of North Dakota
Bordered by the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the north, the Peace Garden state is considered one of the most expansive states in the country and also one of the least populous (4th) making it one of the least densely populated states in the country. With its wide open spaces and limited population, North Dakota ranks as the 17th Safest Place to Live in the United States.
We wanted to explore the state in more depth, so we took a look at the different towns and communities in North Dakota to see how they contributed make it such a wonderful place to live.
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North Dakota’s Safest Cities
Beulah, North Dakota’s Safest City
Located in Mercer County in toward the center of the state, the small town of Beulah has just over 3,000 residents which makes I the sixteenth largest city in the state. It is also known for the Dakota Gasification Company which has its headquarters there.
Located in Burleigh County, Lincoln North Dakota is a suburb of Bismarck and part of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area and is considered the fifteenth largest city in North Dakota. It’s also one of the youngest having been founded only a few decades ago in 1977.
The county seat of Pierce County, Rugby is the seventeenth largest city in the state of North Dakota and was founded at the junction of the Great Northern Railway. The town was originally plated as Rugby Junction owing its name to the town of the same located in Warwickshire, England.
West Fargo, located in Cass County on the eastern side of the state is the fifth largest city in the state and the fastest growing. It was founded in 1926 and is part of the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Statistical Area
Wahpeton was founded in 1869 and is located in the southeast corner of the state. It is best known for its land and the quality of its soil, being considered one of the most fertile valleys in the world. Wahpeton is located in Richland County and is its county seat.
Valley City is located in, and the county seat of, Barnes County, North Dakota. It is considered the thirteenth largest city in the state and is best known for the many bridges over the Sheyenne River which have earned Valley City the nickname, “City of Bridges”
Bismarck is the county seat of Burleigh County and is the state capital for North Dakota. Founded in 1872, it has been the state’s capital since the state was established from the Dakota Territory and admitted into the Union in 1889.
The county seat of Ward County in the north-central region of the state, the town of Minot is most known for the large Air Force base located just 15 miles north. It is the fourth largest city in the state and a major trading center for northern North Dakota and the nearby Canadian provinces.
Containing over 15% of the overall population for the state, Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota and is the county seat for Cass County. Founded in 1871 and located on the Red River it is a cultural, educational and industrial center for North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota.
The third largest city in the state, just behind Fargo and Bismarck, Grand Forks is located on the western side of the Red River of the North in the Red River Valley, which puts it at risk for flooding. It was founded in 1870 by Alexander Griggs, a steamboat captain.
Located in the northeast corner of the state, Grafton is the county seat of Walsh County and is the fourteenth largest city in North Dakota. The town was founded in 1881 when the railroad was built through the territory.
Located in Stutsman County, Jamestown is the county seat and is considered the ninth largest city in the state. It was founded in 1872 after a Northern Pacific Railroad crew setup camp near where the railroad would eventually cross the James River.
The county seat of Stark County, Dickinson has enjoyed being one of the fastest growing cities in the country thanks to the North Dakota Oil Boom. It is the principal city in the Dickinson Micropolitan Statistical Area and was founded in 1881.
The eighth largest city in the state, Mandan is found in Morton County where it is also the county seat. It was founded in 1879 and is located just across the Missouri River from Bismarck. It was named after the Mandan Indian tribe and in 2013 had the distinct honor of being named a finalist in the Rand McNally Most Patriotic City competition.
Watford is the county seat for McKenzie County and is considered the twelfth largest city in the state. Founded in 1914, the city experienced a burst in population thanks to the North Dakota oil boom. Frontier Energy Group, First International Bank and the McKenzie Electric Cooperative all operate offices in the area.
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4. West Fargo
6. Valley City
10. Grand Forks
15. Watford City
16. Devils Lake