Why Bismarck, North Dakota is a Great Place to Live
"Bismarck is about living in a community, not amongst strangers. It is an area with a family focus, a great park system and numerous opportunities for fun." Katie Moore Aitchison, Bismarck Mandan Chamber
Livability.com has ranked Bismarck, North Dakota number 51 in the top 100 best places to live in the United States. Besides having such a great ranking, Bismarck has also been dubbed, "The least stressful town in America."
Livability ranks American cities by looking at several factors, such as:
- Access to good schools and hospitals and amenities such as farmers markets and arts and culture.
- Affordability of housing, healthcare and transportation.
- Utilization and who is using available resources and how livable the city is for everyone
Livability also factors in the climate, infrastructure and crime statistics. The cities and towns they rank have a population between 20,000 to 350,00. In the past another poll conducted by CNN stated, "Bismarck is a safe, thriving community with so much to offer."
One other North Dakota city also made the top 100. Fargo, the largest city in North Dakota, ranks an impressive 22nd.
Living in Bismarck
I have lived in Bismarck twice in my lifetime. The first time, I moved here from the Northwest corner of the state after finding my dream job of working at an agricultural publication. I was in my mid-twenties, single and lived with two other girls in a townhouse. At the time, Bismarck was an okay place to live.
Fast forward about five years when I found myself living in Bismarck once again. This time, the circumstances were much different as I was married and had a baby. We moved here from Watford City, which at the time had a population of 1,500. Our small community lacked resources needed for our daughter who had been born prematurely and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
We knew Bismarck was a great place for our daughter because she had been in the NICU there for about two months. We were really impressed with the care she received. We were equally impressed by the community's support, especially at the Ronald McDonald House where we practically lived for those two months.
Since living here for the past ten years, we have seen a wonderful and supportive community where the people truly care about each other. There are always community-wide benefits to help those who have acquired a large number of medical bills due to cancer treatments or extended hospital stays.
A Caring Community
Bismarck is a supportive, caring community, that is also very family friendly. There are many parks, family attractions and events that allow for families to do things together.
Bismarck is considered to be conservative in its values. It's a city where people cause a ruckus about getting a local Hooters. People here have morals and are not afraid to stand up for them. For the most part, Bismarck is a community who is faithful to its religious traditions. Besides the hundreds of churches to choose from when it comes to finding a place of worship, there are also several ministry and non-profit organizations with which to be involved.
Community support is obvious during its annual fundraisers. It seems each year, the amount of money raised during fundraisers surpasses that of the year before.
Some local fundraisers include:
- Relay for Life - raises money for the American Cancer Society
- Great American Bike Race - raises money for kids with cerebral palsy and related disabilities
- Sam McQuade Sr./Budweiser Charity Softball Tournament - raises money for local charities
- Kroll's Diner Bismarck Marathon - raises money for area charities
- Apple Dash Run/Walk 4 Education - raises money for Bismarck Public Schools
Pink Glove Dance w/ Amy Grant at the Bismarck Civic Center
Another reason Bismarck is such a great place to live is because there is no shortage of entertainment. There is always something happening. There are several restaurants, bars, parks, shopping opportunities, historical attractions and recreational areas including the Missouri River.
There is also the Bismarck Civic Center which hosts sporting events, concerts, car and truck shows, Broadway plays, art and craft fairs, church events and nationally-known speakers.
There truly is a never-ending list of things to do in Bismarck.
Fun Facts About Bismarck
- Bismarck was founded in 1872 and has been the capitol of North Dakota since it became a state in 1886
- The record high temperature is 114 degrees while the record cold temperature is negative 45 degrees
- Bismarck gets an average of 49.3 inches of snowfall a year
- The top ancestry in Bismarck is of German descent
- The population density is 2,408 per square mile
- There is a total of 2,300 acres of public park land in the city
- There are five golf courses in Bismarck
- The Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League won its first championship in 2010
- Bismarck, North Dakota holds the world record for the most snow angels made in one place with 8,962 snow angels in February 2007
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