These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In North Dakota For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in ND are the pits.

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Most Americans have never been to North Dakota. However, as the people who live there know, North Dakota is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, North Dakota has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Peace Garden State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 179 of North Dakota’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in North Dakota where you’d never want to live:

  1. Mandaree
  2. Cannon Ball
  3. Carson
  4. Dunseith
  5. East Dunseith
  6. St. John
  7. Oberon
  8. Marmarth
  9. Reeder
  10. Goodrich

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since North Dakota has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in North Dakota or the worst places to live in North Dakota.

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How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in North Dakota, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 179 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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1. Mandaree


Population: 739
Median Income: $28,333
Median Home Value: $54,400

2. Cannon Ball


Population: 964
Median Income: $33,750
Median Home Value: $101,000

3. Carson


Population: 211
Median Income: $36,250
Median Home Value: $45,800

4. Dunseith


Population: 762
Median Income: $27,857
Median Home Value: $45,700

5. East Dunseith


Population: 541
Median Income: $23,269
Median Home Value: $69,700

6. St. John


Population: 330
Median Income: $30,417
Median Home Value: $52,100

7. Oberon


Population: 114
Median Income: $33,929
Median Home Value: $32,000

8. Marmarth


Population: 152
Median Income: $24,000
Median Home Value: $34,300

9. Reeder


Population: 150
Median Income: $32,083
Median Home Value: $56,500

10. Goodrich


Population: 155
Median Income: $47,656
Median Home Value: $30,400

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In North Dakota

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Peace Garden State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in North Dakota, according to science.

  1. Best: Reile’s Acres
  2. 2nd Best: Oxbow
  3. 3rd Best: Newburg

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In North Dakota
  • These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In North Dakota
  • These Are The 10 Safest Places In North Dakota
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In North Dakota

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Mandaree 1 739 $54,400
    Cannon Ball 2 964 $101,000
    Carson 3 211 $45,800
    Dunseith 4 762 $45,700
    East Dunseith 5 541 $69,700
    St. John 6 330 $52,100
    Oberon 7 114 $32,000
    Marmarth 8 152 $34,300
    Reeder 9 150 $56,500
    Goodrich 10 155 $30,400
    Columbus 11 201 $76,900
    Drake 12 392 $53,000
    White Shield 13 359 $105,700
    Osnabrock 14 128 $34,200
    Oriska 15 114 $46,000
    Dodge 16 126 $81,800
    Litchville 17 165 $30,000
    Kensal 18 200 $33,800
    Selfridge 19 206 $30,700
    Rocklake 20 131 $14,600
    Zap 21 209 $97,000
    St. Thomas 22 328 $58,800
    Rolette 23 745 $79,400
    Mcclusky 24 338 $32,900
    Bisbee 25 165 $45,000
    Upham 26 186 $32,500
    Fort Yates 27 219 $36,300
    Medina 28 299 $56,100
    Elgin 29 619 $67,600
    Gackle 30 325 $49,200
    Hoople 31 302 $48,600
    Wing 32 121 $67,000
    Willow City 33 202 $51,700
    Adams 34 154 $27,500
    Strasburg 35 426 $58,700
    Aneta 36 310 $46,900
    Towner 37 500 $63,300
    Lidgerwood 38 702 $48,100
    Mchenry 39 103 $53,300
    Tappen 40 307 $36,500
    Maddock 41 373 $63,300
    Minnewaukan 42 208 $70,700
    Palermo 43 167 $83,500
    Mcville 44 318 $52,900
    Hankinson 45 968 $51,800
    Sheyenne 46 174 $40,000
    Linton 47 980 $78,000
    Almont 48 133 $50,000
    Forest River 49 120 $73,500
    Ashley 50 709 $52,600
    Zeeland 51 102 $18,300
    Crystal 52 144 $50,900
    Montpelier 53 130 $48,600
    Medora 54 154 $310,000
    Pisek 55 105 $30,600
    Marion 56 122 $41,500
    Crary 57 108 $67,500
    Mott 58 768 $79,600
    Galesburg 59 145 $31,600
    Hazelton 60 247 $49,500
    Tolna 61 176 $45,000
    Beach 62 991 $105,000
    Edmore 63 176 $50,000
    Enderlin 64 953 $82,300
    Finley 65 454 $58,500
    Carpio 66 137 $88,300
    Golden Valley 67 283 $85,000
    Munich 68 267 $69,100
    Plaza 69 195 $161,200
    Powers Lake 70 348 $131,900
    Minto 71 680 $74,200
    Pick City 72 113 $101,300
    Flasher 73 363 $65,600
    Fairmount 74 393 $56,800
    Wishek 75 997 $65,100
    Sykeston 76 116 $61,700
    Hunter 77 349 $71,500
    Napoleon 78 751 $74,000
    Halliday 79 305 $87,000
    Petersburg 80 213 $77,900
    Rutland 81 179 $60,900
    New Salem 82 891 $116,000
    Glen Ullin 83 778 $104,700
    Edgeley 84 552 $80,700
    New Leipzig 85 238 $80,900
    Max 86 391 $83,800
    Fordville 87 214 $46,900
    Alexander 88 280 $88,300
    Turtle Lake 89 432 $86,500
    Grenora 90 223 $108,100
    Bowdon 91 159 $54,800
    Anamoose 92 303 $72,100
    Emerado 93 391 $84,300
    Granville 94 230 $80,800
    Dunn Center 95 217 $110,400
    Gladstone 96 316 $123,000
    South Heart 97 328 $165,600
    Forman 98 608 $83,000
    Westhope 99 405 $78,600
    Lamoure 100 833 $80,900

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    3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In North Dakota For 2018

    1. I’m not trying to be mean or anything, or am saying that you’re 100% wrong, but I can personally say that Tappen should NOT be on that list. I’ve lived near Tappen my entire life, and while some things might not be perfect, it certainly is far from being a bad town. The people that live there are friendly. If anything happens to someone we know, the whole community comes together to support them. From the school to the gas station, things in Tappen are good!

    2. My Family is from Tappen and I don’t think it should be on this list. Just because it is small does not mean it is bad. We do lots of fun things like harvest fest and lots of others. So take Tappen of this list. And Medina

    3. It’s worth noting that the appearance of a town on this list only means that it is within the population parameters. There are 179 such towns. Of those 179, these are the worst 100 by the standards they used to rank these towns.

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