Livability Awards

A+ Bismarck Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Bismarck Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than North Dakota
100same as the US average
North Dakota
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bismarck cost of living
D+ Bismarck Crime Total crime is 30% higher than North Dakota
Total crime
3,02417% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3417% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-17%Year over year crime is down
Bismarck crime
B- Bismarck Employment Household income is 2% higher than North Dakota
Median household income
$60,3209% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$35,14518% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
1%71% lower than the US average
Bismarck employment
D+ Bismarck Housing Home value is 25% higher than North Dakota
Median home value
$205,50011% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$79816% lower than the US average
Home ownership
63%1% lower than the US average
Bismarck real estate or Bismarck rentals
D+ Bismarck Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than North Dakota
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
45%8% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Bismarck K-12 schools or Bismarck colleges

Living in Bismarck, ND

Bismarck is a mid-sized city located in the state of North Dakota. The city has a population of 68,981 people. The majority of Bismarck residents report their race to be White; this is followed by American Indian and Alaskan and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 77% of the population considered married and 61% with kids under the age of 18, Bismarck could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Bismarck, North Dakota could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. The best areas in Bismarck and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, education, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the North Dakota and national averages.

Bismarck, ND receives 70/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #76 in North Dakota and #10,076 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Bismarck ranks very well for amenities (A+) and employment (B-). There are some categories that Bismarck does not rank well for, including: weather (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Bismarck on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: North Dakota Heritage Center, The Dakota Zoo, and State Capitol Building.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Bismarck is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 1.37%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Bismarck. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Bismarck are affordable. The median home price for Bismarck homes is $205,500, which is 25.3% higher than the North Dakota average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Bismarck, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.4, which is 21.4% higher than the North Dakota average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Bismarck area were 1.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.3%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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      I live in Bismarck North Dakota and love it all that the city has to offer from the zoo to the restaurants. I moved here because, I wanted to live in a city that offers a little bit of everything for me to experience. Some of the many attractions in Bismarck are the zoo, heritage center, and golf club, Lewis and Clark Riverboat and the Bismarck Civic Center. Super slide amusement park is lots of fun and has rides for children and adults to enjoy together. There are areas for having picnics, basketball and other outdoor activities.

      The communities in Bismarck are very well kept and welcoming. The neighborhoods are separated into the Cathedral, Downtown Core, Downtown Fringe and Renaissance Zone. The communities give off an all around friendly feel with children and dog parks, biking and running lanes. The streets are clean and the parks are trash free with beautiful landscaping. Another great aspect of Bismarck is the restaurants that have great cuisine. I remember one of the first restaurants I ate at was the Toasted Frog. They offer all American cuisine and have inexpensive drinks. Other great restaurants are Nibbles & Brunch, Kobe's Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar and Blarney Stone Pub.

      The nightlife in Bismarck is great and has a little something for everyone. I remember visiting the Burnt Creek Club on 3rd street and loved the music and drink specials. On certain nights they have black jack tables and specials on their appetizers. The clubs that have great music, environment and drinks are Lucky's Bar & Lounge, Midway Tavern, Bismarck Moose Lodge 302 and the Mystic Booster Club. Shopping in Bismarck is good and most of it happens at the Kirkwood Mall. The food, clothing, music and toy shops are great and anything not at this mall can be found at the Gateway Mall.

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      Bismarck, ND Is a Great Place To Be

      I have lived in Bismarck for most of my adult life. I love the close knit community feel, open spaces, down to earth residents, and clean air. The City of Bismarck offers something for the young and old alike. Great restaurants, night life, attractions, pristine lakes and prairie, historical sites are all to be found in our wonderful city.

      When the sun goes down in Bismarck, you will find many things to fill your night time. There is night fishing at Lake Oahe, gambling at the Prairie Knights Casino, visitors will find that they have no shortage of options to pass the night away, whether it's playing blackjack at the Prairie Knights Casino, the Dakota Heritage Center, and many night clubs and restaurants.

      If you are considering moving to Bismarck the housing market is great. You can get lots of new construction for about the same price as you would end up renting for. This is especially great for first time home buyers. It's very family friendly and there's lot's to do. Bismarck is a great place to live!
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      Source: The Bismarck, ND data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).