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Quality of Life

North Dakota is consistently ranked as a best place to live and offers families an excellent quality of life.
Clean air, abundant recreational opportunities, good education system and family-friendly communities help make North Dakota a great place to live, work, play and do business.

Affordable Housing & Healthcare

North Dakota's home cost is favorable compared to the nation. According to Sperling's Best Places, the median home cost in North Dakota is $150,600; this compares with the U.S. median home cost of $217,200.

Competitive, high-quality health care is readily available in North Dakota and we know how important it is to have an ample supply of qualified staff to fully care for patients. In 2008, North Dakota ranked in the top 10 Healthy States by CQ Press, which uses factors such as percentage of immunized children, seat belt usage, and percentage of population covered by health care insurance, among others to determine rankings.


Family Friendly Neighborhoods

North Dakota is a place to feel safe and has consistently been named in the top 5 for safest states by CQ Press. Everyday living is less stressful in towns and communities that are safe. Parents bring their children here because they want them to grow up without fear in a place where it's safe to play in their own backyards.

Consider this: North Dakotans don't lose valuable time commuting to and from work. The average commute time in North Dakota is about 18 minutes, nationally it's 27 minutes. Short commute times translate into reduced stress levels. Businesses also benefit; employees with less stress make for a more productive and content workforce.

Quality Environment

North Dakota is one of a handful of states to meet all National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Such standards are established by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the health and welfare of all citizens. North Dakota was one of the first states to reach "attainment" status for all criteria pollutants. The state has remained in compliance since the standards were first established in the 1970s.

The water in North Dakota is among the purest in the nation. Pure, clean water is important for a place like North Dakota, where people enjoy the outdoors during each of our four seasons. We value the air, earth and water responsible for good crops, a clean environment and a healthy lifestyle.

Recreational Activities

North Dakota is an impressive state with rolling prairies, majestic badlands and abundant wildlife. It's also a state with exciting cities, excellent fine dining, great places to stay and casino nightlife. Water parks, amusement parks and state parks offer endless entertainment for families and the young-at-heart.

A day trip from anywhere in North Dakota will show you that North Dakota is a great place to live, work and play. Use the below to find out more about the abundant indoor and outdoor opportunities available in North Dakota:
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