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The most populous cities in North Dakota offer a variety of lifestyles and options in careers, education and housing. See the sections on the right for additional information about jobs, housing, education and more in each of these cities. For a full listing of North Dakota cities, visit the official North Dakota Cities Website Listing.

These cities have seen major growth in recent years, including a revitalization of their downtown areas with the development of more shops, restaurants, entertainment and parking. Property values and new construction numbers are up, unemployment continues at record lows and sales tax collections continue to increase from year to year.

Devils Lake
Known as the perch capital of the world, Devils Lake is home to world-class fishing, abundant wildlife, and activities for the whole family. Sully’s Hill National Game Preserve on the lake's southern shore is home to numerous wildlife species and is a great spot for hiking, biking or a family picnic.

This city in southwestern North Dakota serves as a regional center for shopping, business services and entertainment. Strong growth over the past decade has been fueled by a diverse economy fed by new wealth from energy, agriculture and manufacturing.

This cultural, retail, health care, educational and industrial center accounts for nearly 20 percent of North Dakota’s population. It’s also home to North Dakota State University, one of the leading research universities in the nation according to the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

Grand Forks
This city in eastern North Dakota has the perfect blend of big city/small town amenities. You will enjoy a wide variety of dining options, shopping, entertainment and other activities to keep you on the go.

Its central location at the intersection of Interstate 94 and U.S. Highway 281 and its safe, friendly and beautiful atmosphere make Jamestown a great place to raise a family, grow your career or business, or enjoy local history and tourism. Agriculture and manufacturing play key roles in the Jamestown economy.

As North Dakota’s gateway to the Bakken oil fields, this city has added more than 10,000 residents in recent years. Because of the energy industry’s impact, Minot’s economy is rapidly expanding and the city offers more dining and shopping options than ever before.

Valley City
Known as the “City of Bridges,” Valley City is also home to Valley City State University and the North Dakota Winter Show, a regional agricultural show held every March. The historic Rosebud Visitor Center serves as a one-stop information center about the Valley City area.

Located in southeastern North Dakota, Wahpeton is a city full of family fun, from shopping and dining to camping and fishing on the Red River. The Chahinkapa Zoo is a popular attraction, and parks and open spaces offer ample opportunities for outdoor recreation year-round.

Watford City
This city in west-central North Dakota is driven by the hometown pride and visionary spirit of the residents of this growing community in the heart of western North Dakota’s oil boom region.

Williston is booming with activity as a key population center in the Bakken oil fields. It’s surrounded by wide-open spaces with opportunities for hunting and fishing, nearby national and state parks, nationally-ranked golf course, a wide variety of restaurants and hotels, and much more.