The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In North Dakota For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in North Dakota have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in North Dakota:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in North Dakota, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Peace Garden State.

To do that we are going to look at places in North Dakota that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in North Dakota at the moment? That would be Valley City according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in North Dakota for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In North Dakota For 2021

  1. Valley City
  2. Watford City
  3. Devils Lake
  4. Wahpeton
  5. Jamestown
  6. Mandan
  7. Dickinson
  8. Williston
  9. West Fargo
  10. Minot

What's the best place to buy a home in North Dakota for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in North Dakota and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in North Dakota.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In North Dakota For 2021

Valley City, ND

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,460
Median Home Price: $133,600
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 21.5%
More on Valley City: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Watford City, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,912
Median Home Price: $236,400
Population Change: 11.5%
Home Price Change: 17.2%
More on Watford City: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Devils Lake, ND

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,344
Median Home Price: $138,600
Population Change: 0.4%
Home Price Change: 19.9%
More on Devils Lake: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wahpeton, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,802
Median Home Price: $123,300
Population Change: 0.1%
Home Price Change: 0.4%
More on Wahpeton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jamestown, ND

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 15,289
Median Home Price: $144,800
Population Change: -0.5%
Home Price Change: 5.9%
More on Jamestown: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mandan, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,301
Median Home Price: $215,300
Population Change: 1.6%
Home Price Change: 4.0%
More on Mandan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dickinson, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,882
Median Home Price: $238,000
Population Change: 0.8%
Home Price Change: 1.1%
More on Dickinson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Williston, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,250
Median Home Price: $238,700
Population Change: 4.4%
Home Price Change: -4.3%
More on Williston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

West Fargo, ND

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 35,397
Median Home Price: $241,000
Population Change: 2.8%
Home Price Change: 5.7%
More on West Fargo: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Minot, ND

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,261
Median Home Price: $208,700
Population Change: -0.1%
Home Price Change: 2.3%
More on Minot: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in North Dakota for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in North Dakota. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in North Dakota with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for North Dakota with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in North Dakota, only 13 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 13 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Valley City is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Peace Garden State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In North Dakota for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in North Dakota. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In North Dakota

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Valley City 1 $133,600 -0.4% 21.5%
Watford City 2 $236,400 11.5% 17.2%
Devils Lake 3 $138,600 0.4% 19.9%
Wahpeton 4 $123,300 0.1% 0.4%
Jamestown 5 $144,800 -0.5% 5.9%
Mandan 6 $215,300 1.6% 4.0%
Dickinson 7 $238,000 0.8% 1.1%
Williston 8 $238,700 4.4% -4.3%
West Fargo 9 $241,000 2.8% 5.7%
Minot 10 $208,700 -0.1% 2.3%
Grand Forks 11 $210,300 -0.1% 6.3%
Bismarck 12 $245,300 1.5% 4.6%
Fargo 13 $212,100 1.4% 6.2%

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