These Are The 10 Cities In North Dakota With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in North Dakota with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to North Dakota for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Peace Garden State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Rugby(Jobs)
  2. Lisbon(Jobs)
  3. Hazen(Jobs)
  4. West Fargo(Jobs)
  5. Horace(Jobs)
  6. Watford City(Jobs)
  7. Devils Lake(Jobs)
  8. Williston(Jobs)
  9. Bismarck(Jobs)
  10. Jamestown(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Rugby takes the cake as the place in North Dakota with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in North Dakota that have the most robust job force.

Or for more North Dakota job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In North Dakota With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what North Dakota’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 2,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 23 places in North Dakota.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 23 with one being the “most employed city in North Dakota”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Rugby

Rugby, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,989
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Rugby comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 0.0 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Lisbon

Lisbon, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,074
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Lisbon doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Hazen

Hazen, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,607
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Hazen, earning the bronze medal with a score of 1.0 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Flickr

Population: 28,371
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Following right behind in the number four slot is West Fargo. With a population of 28371 residents, West Fargo is a solid place to move in North Dakota if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Horace

Horace, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,502
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Horace. Numbering around 2502 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 1.4%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Watford City

Watford City, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,738
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
The city of Watford City is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,218
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Devils Lake. With a unemployment rate of 1.8 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,849
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Coming in at #8, Williston has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of North Dakota’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,123
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Bismarck, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Jamestown

Jamestown, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,407
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Jamestown, North Dakota. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 23.

Jamestown’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across North Dakota

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in North Dakota with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Grafton
  2. New Town
  3. Beulah

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In North Dakota

City Rank Unemployment
Rugby 1 0.0%
Lisbon 2 1.0%
Hazen 3 1.0%
West Fargo 4 1.1%
Horace 5 1.4%
Watford City 6 1.5%
Devils Lake 7 1.8%
Williston 8 1.9%
Bismarck 9 2.1%
Jamestown 10 2.4%
Bottineau 11 2.5%
Minot 12 2.5%
Casselton 13 2.9%
Valley City 14 3.0%
Dickinson 15 3.2%
Lincoln 16 3.4%
Mandan 17 3.5%
Wahpeton 18 3.8%
Grand Forks 19 3.8%
Fargo 20 3.8%
Beulah 21 3.9%
New Town 22 4.6%
Grafton 23 4.7%
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