North Dakota ranked as best place to be young

“While North Dakota may not be the first place you think of when it comes to youth culture, given how tough things are for young people these days, it might be wise to look somewhere off the beaten path,” Barrington suggests.

“North Dakota’s booming economy gave it very high marks across the board in economic categories, and it did just well enough in the lifestyle categories to grab the top spot.”


Youth unemployment rate: 5.3% (The lowest of all 50 states)
Percentage of population aged 20-24: 12.05%
Average car insurance rate: $1,400
Average cost of higher education: $10,774
Median rental cost: $564

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • ec99

    Yeah, it’s great for little kids. But unless you want to work in the oil fields starting at 80K, every other employer in the state will lowball you. Which is why college graduates get the hell out.

    • Rob

      Nah, the pay is lower but so is the cost of living for the most part (before the distorting impact of the oil boom, anyway, which will even out in the coming year or so).

      • ec99

        The COL is lower in the little towns. The cost in Grand Forks is the same as Mpls per Dept Of Commerce stats.