These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In North Dakota

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and keep your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in North Dakota works hard, there’s a certain part of the Peace Garden State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in North Dakota .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Minot Afb which takes top honors for the hardest working place in North Dakota. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in North Dakota for a promotion:

  1. Minot Afb
  2. Horace
  3. West Fargo
  4. Dickinson
  5. Watford City
  6. Williston
  7. Minot
  8. Casselton
  9. Bismarck
  10. Grand Forks Afb

So listen up Grafton as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Peace Garden State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 25 places in North Dakota, we ranked each place from 1 to 25 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In North Dakota”. And, at the end of the day, Minot Afb had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Minot Afb

Minot Afb, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,813College Graduates: 27.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 44.2
Workers Per Household: 2.2

2. Horace

Horace, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,502College Graduates: 39.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 1.7

3. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 28,371College Graduates: 35.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.6
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,920College Graduates: 25.2%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

5. Watford City

Watford City, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,738College Graduates: 23.6%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 47.4
Workers Per Household: 1.3

6. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,849College Graduates: 19.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 46.5
Workers Per Household: 1.4

7. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,533College Graduates: 26.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

8. Casselton

Casselton, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 2,434College Graduates: 32.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.4
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,123College Graduates: 34.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.3

10. Grand Forks Afb


Population: 2,387 College Graduates: 29.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.2
Workers Per Household: 2.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Working Places In North Dakota

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Minot AFB 1 5,813 27.4% 44.2 2.2
Horace 2 2,502 39.3% 40.3 1.7
West Fargo 3 28,371 35.7% 39.6 1.5
Dickinson 4 19,920 25.2% 42.5 1.5
Watford City 5 2,738 23.6% 47.4 1.3
Williston 6 19,849 19.4% 46.5 1.4
Minot 7 44,533 26.1% 41.4 1.4
Casselton 8 2,434 32.5% 40.4 1.4
Bismarck 9 65,123 34.0% 39.7 1.3
Grand Forks AFB 10 2,387 29.1% 42.2 2.4
Lincoln 11 2,864 17.5% 40.1 1.7
New Town 12 2,210 20.1% 42.0 1.7
Mandan 13 19,381 26.2% 39.4 1.3
Fargo 14 110,725 38.6% 37.6 1.4
Bottineau 15 2,294 18.9% 41.6 1.1
Valley City 16 6,636 27.1% 38.3 1.1
Hazen 17 2,607 24.4% 37.5 1.4
Rugby 18 2,989 15.0% 44.1 1.0
Grand Forks 19 54,095 34.9% 35.4 1.4
Jamestown 20 15,407 22.8% 38.5 1.2
Devils Lake 21 7,218 19.7% 38.6 1.2
Wahpeton 22 7,804 23.7% 36.4 1.4
Lisbon 23 2,074 16.9% 39.2 1.2
Beulah 24 3,231 18.3% 37.1 1.2
Grafton 25 4,291 16.2% 37.5 1.2