North Dakota November 21, 2016
10 Reasons To Drop Everything And Move To This One North Dakota City
There are a lot of factors that go into making living in a good city great. While searching for which city in North Dakota is considered the best option to move to, one city generally ranks at the top and consistently shows up across the board. Can you guess which one it is? It’s actually North Dakota’s capital city, Bismarck!
Niche, Livability, and AreaVibes all rank it #1, using a variety of statistics to determine their finding. Everything from crime rates, amenities, median price of a home, education, and even the weather, are all taken into account. Here are 10 reasons why they rank it best:
Bismarck has everything you'd want in a city, with vibrant downtown areas and quiet suburbs, with plenty of opportunities everywhere.
There's a bit of something for everyone in the Bismarck area. Bustling downtown streets with local businesses to the peaceful suburbs surrounding it. Not to mention there are plenty of job opportunities here; the unemployment rate is at an exceptionally low 1.4%, and that's out of over 65,000 residents.
Bismarck is a safe place with plenty of opportunity for a good education.
The crime rate in Bismarck is extremely low for a US city. It's well below the national average on all fronts, so you can feel safe bringing your family here. Plus, education is great here. Despite being a big city, the student to teacher ratio is only at an average of 14:1 - kids won't be one of many in crowded classrooms. There are 29 public schools. The greatness shows: average test scores in Bismarck are 10% higher than the national average.
The cost of living in Bismarck is 4% lower than the national average.
Just because it is a city doesn't mean it costs a staggering amount to live in a nice area. The cost of living is lower than the national average, and most people here make enough to comfortably afford a home and more.
As far as amenities go, Bismarck has it all, and all conveniently close by.
There are unique, new businesses here that give the opportunity to try something new, but there is also the tried and true places that you can find comfort in knowing are just around the corner. They have an amazing restaurant scene especially, including North Dakota's oldest restaurant, Peacock Alley.
The city is full of history and importance. Businesses here are growing and offering a change of pace, but still have the local feel to them. There really is something for just about everyone here, no matter your taste!
Nature lover? Bismarck has you covered - they are located near some of the state's most beautiful scenery.
The capital city rests right on the Missouri River and has plenty of beautiful overlooks to see it. You can go to places like Keelboat Park to walk the trails and paths among unique sculptures and statues by regional artists while meandering along the mighty Missouri. The views over these waters are beautiful.
And the Missouri River isn't just pretty from a distance, either. Many people love boating, fishing, and even swimming in the river for some outdoor fun. You can even experience it from North Dakota's only riverboat for a fantastic experience.
You're never too far from views like this just outside of the city.
Nearby is the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, which has great views of the Heart River and important historical sites. Camping, hiking, horseback riding, and more are all available in the 1,006 acres of the park.
The fun doesn't stop there. Bismarck has many other great activities the whole family can enjoy.
Bismarck is home to places like The Dakota Zoo and Superslide Amusement Park. There are also even more unique places like the escape room Trapped In Bismarck, a fun live action puzzle game that is awesome with a group of friends or family. The city is loaded with museums, multiple theaters, parks, and an art gallery - and that's just the start.
As our capital, Bismarck is pretty amazing overall.
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