The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in North Dakota have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for singles in North Dakota.

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Are you trying to find love in North Dakota?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in North Dakota, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Peace Garden State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in North Dakota? We've got the answers here.

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota For 2021

  1. Fargo
  2. Grand Forks
  3. Minot
  4. Dickinson
  5. Jamestown
  6. Lincoln
  7. Bismarck
  8. West Fargo
  9. Wahpeton
  10. Williston

So, what was the best city for singles in North Dakota? Fargo ranks as the best place for singles in North Dakota if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in North Dakota? That would be Horace.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in North Dakota or the safest places to live in North Dakota.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota For 2021

Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 121,889
Median Age: 31.0
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 24.7%
More on Fargo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Grand Forks, ND

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 56,500
Median Age: 29.0
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 24.1%
More on Grand Forks: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Minot, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,261
Median Age: 31.8
Married households: 24.0%
Households with kids: 25.0%
More on Minot: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dickinson, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,882
Median Age: 32.6
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 27.4%
More on Dickinson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jamestown, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,289
Median Age: 37.8
Married households: 28.0%
Households with kids: 23.4%
More on Jamestown: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lincoln, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,703
Median Age: 30.1
Married households: 34.0%
Households with kids: 47.9%
More on Lincoln: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bismarck, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 72,777
Median Age: 37.2
Married households: 34.0%
Households with kids: 27.6%
More on Bismarck: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

West Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 35,397
Median Age: 32.8
Married households: 32.0%
Households with kids: 36.4%
More on West Fargo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wahpeton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,802
Median Age: 30.0
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 28.3%
More on Wahpeton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Williston, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,250
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 32.8%
More on Williston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which city is best for singles in North Dakota anyways?

To give you the places in North Dakota which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Peace Garden State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2015-2019 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of North Dakota, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 2,000 people. For North Dakota, that meant a total of 23 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Fargo is the talk of the town while Horace is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in North Dakota for 2021

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in North Dakota ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in North Dakota according to the data:

  1. Horace
  2. Casselton
  3. Stanley

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In North Dakota

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Fargo, ND 121,889 31.0
2 Grand Forks, ND 56,500 29.0
3 Minot, ND 48,261 31.8
4 Dickinson, ND 22,882 32.6
5 Jamestown, ND 15,289 37.8
6 Lincoln, ND 3,703 30.1
7 Bismarck, ND 72,777 37.2
8 West Fargo, ND 35,397 32.8
9 Wahpeton, ND 7,802 30.0
10 Williston, ND 27,250 30.4
11 Bottineau, ND 2,094 42.9
12 Mandan, ND 22,301 36.6
13 Devils Lake, ND 7,344 43.2
14 Grafton, ND 4,182 40.5
15 Oakes, ND 2,129 36.5
16 Lisbon, ND 2,009 48.5
17 Hazen, ND 2,543 39.8
18 Rugby, ND 2,724 48.5
19 Carrington, ND 2,133 45.3
20 Beulah, ND 3,235 39.1
21 Stanley, ND 2,655 34.0
22 Casselton, ND 2,677 34.5
23 Horace, ND 2,741 37.0

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