Retiring in North Dakota


About North Dakota

The town of Fargo in North Dakota has been voted among the top 100 best places to live in 2007 by CNN Money magazine, and reasons like low crime rate, clean air, options for leisure like libraries and restaurants make it a perfect place to retire in as well. North Dakota (ND) is a midwestern state in the US which ranks 48th in population. North Dakota still retains traces of its original inhabitants, the Native Americans, in its culture. Despite the prevalence of Native American cultural practices in its Indian reservations, North Dakota has the highest percentage of church-goers in all of US. If you are looking for retirement homes in North Dakota, you are not originally from North Dakota, and you love the outdoors, then you would want to choose ND as your retirement destination for the sheer number of outdoor activities. ND’s residents love hunting, camping, biking, boating, canoeing, hiking, and fishing.

Apart from Fargo, you could consider retiring in Bismarck which, too is counted among the best places to live, and Devil’s Lake which has made it to the list of 100 best small towns in CNN Money magazine.


North Dakota – at a Glance


Population Climate State Income Tax State Sales Tax Median Home Price
642, 200 (Census of 2006) Continental Climate with Hot Summers and very Cold Winters 2.1% to 5.54% 5% $74,400 (2000)

Pros:The state is known for its highly improved health care facilities. Of all the other states in the US, it ranks 8th. (State Health Ranking, 2007, 1 is best; 50 worst)

Cons: The state is affected with snow, hail, rain, polar fronts, tornadoes, blizzards, straight-line winds, and thunderstorms.


Know your Expenses in North Dakota


The above bar-graph shows the percentage fluctuations in expenditures incurred in North Dakota, as compared to the nation’s average, which is taken as 100%.

For example, if you are looking for a retirement location in North Dakota, you might choose Grand Forks. North Dakota University is located here along with the Japanese garden within the Sertoma Park. The median home price in the city stands as $156, 807 and it is known for its health care facilities with 23 clinics within the county.