Moving to North Dakota

North Dakota’s modest population of around 750,000 makes it the third least populated state in the nation.
More than 15% of citizens reside in Fargo, which is the state’s largest city. Bismarck ranks second and is home to the state capitol building. The North Dakota State Capital is an impressive 241 feet high, making it the tallest structure in the state.
Known as the Peace Garden State, North Dakota has a rich, fertile soil that is ideal for crops. Around 90% of the land is used for agricultural purposes. Since the late 1970s, the state has consistently grown at least half of the country’s sunflowers.
During their journey, famous explorers Lewis and Clark spent more time in North Dakota than any other state.

Geography & Climate

North Dakota has three major geographical areas. In the east, the Red River Valley region is typically flat with some of the lowest elevation levels in the state. The central portion of North Dakota features the hilly, rocky terrain known as the Drift Prairie. To the west, the Missouri Plateau is home to White Butte, which is the highest peak in the state.
North Dakota has few forested areas, and mainly consists of rolling plains. Slope County, located in the southwestern region of the state, is the only area that has an abundance of Ponderosa pine trees.
Devils Lake is the state’s biggest natural body of water. Ranking among the top fishing destinations in the country, Devils Lake is often referred to as the Perch Capital of the World.
Temperature extremes are common in North Dakota due to its continental climate. The state experiences more varied weather conditions than almost any other region of the country.
Summers are generally hot and humid while winter bring cold, blustery conditions. Overall, the western portion of the state receives less precipitation than the east.

Community & Lifestyle

Learn about the state’s past at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. The museum boasts exhibits from local artists and a nice mix of contemporary designs and traditional Native American works.
The North Dakota Heritage Museum in Bismarck features towering dinosaur displays for kids. In Dickinson, the Dakota Dinosaur Museum is home to a dozen full-scale fossil displays.
Top colleges include North Dakota State University, recognized by the National Science Foundation for its excellent program opportunities. Minot State University has a very low student-to-faculty ratio, allowing instructors to provide individualized attention.
Bismarck, Fargo, and Minot are all excellent communities for people considering relocating to North Dakota.
Hiking, cycling, fishing, and boating are all popular forms of outdoor recreation. For avid golfers, the Hawktree Golf Club in Bismarck offers a challenging Scottish-style course with its prairie grass terrain.
Moving to North Dakota? Consider using professional movers. Research moving services in your area and reach out the best ones. Reputable moving companies will have excellent customer reviews and will provide you with a free quote. To keep all the details of your move organized, consider creating a moving checklist. Collect moving boxes early to ensure you have plenty of time to pack.

Jobs & Local Economy

North Dakota’s unemployment rate is only 2.3% which is considerably lower than the national average of 4.4% (June 2017).
Agriculture and oil are responsible for a great% age of jobs. Although there has been a recent downturn in the oil industry, the state still has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.
North Dakota State University provides the most job opportunities while Sanford Health is the largest private employer.
Overall, the cost of living in North Dakota is lower than the national average.


Moving to North Dakota also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Trek through the badlands of North Dakota with more than 70,000 acres of terrain to explore. The Little Missouri River flows through all three regions of this vast park that is accessible via the Maah Daah Hey Trail. From late May through September, guided tours are available for visitors.

Lake Metigoshe Park

Located near the Canadian border, Lake Metigoshe is surrounded by scenic views of the Turtle Mountains. During the summer, tourists enjoy canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and water skiing on the lake. Winter months are ideal for ice skating, sledding, skiing, and snowmobiling. The area is the most frequented vacation spot in the state.

Lake Sakakawea State Park

Situated next to the Garrison Dam, Lake Sakakawea is a well-known fishing destination for both residents and tourists. The park includes a marina with access to fishing guides and boat rental services. Sakakawea is one of the largest man-made lakes in the country and flows for 178 miles to the city of Williston.

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Educational level

Bachelors Degree or higher

Some college or Associates Degree

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Less than High School

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Cities in North Dakota

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