Skip to comments.Why North Dakota May Be the Best State in the Country to Live In
Posted on 04/03/2011 10:16:27 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
While many states are confronting severe budget shortfalls and dragging economies, North Dakota has a different sort of problem. It's stuck deciding how best to deal with a budget surplus. Yes, a surplus. North Dakota's balance sheet is so strong it recently reduced individual income taxes and property taxes by a combined $400 million, and is debating further cuts.
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Too fracking cold.
For some reason that was left out of the equation.
Nothing between you and the North Pole but a barbed wire fence (and it’s been blown down)...
This Texan and her family once lived for three and a half years in Williston ND. They were very happy years, in spite of the extreme cold. The people were so warm and friendly, that they made up for cold temps on the thermometer.
There’s gold in North Dakota!
Gosh mister, that sounded racist the first time...
You misspelled “cold”...
Aren’t they drilling like crazy out there?
I’ve heard that you can’t rent a room hardly anywhere, due to all the oil workers living in them.
Is this actually the case?
Yeh you can only go outside 3 mos out of the year. LOL! Just move to Alaska and get it over with.
I don’t want them stopping in Idaho.
Next you’ll be telling them I misspelled beach...
It isn’t always too fracking cold in ND. In the summer it is often too fracking hot.
Yeah, but he IS Eric Holder. So it's all good.
Yeah, but, do you know where that place is?
A: Because North Dakota sucks.
Drill NoDaks! Drill!
I read this last night and checked out craigslist for both ND and Bismarck, almost no jobs. It’s a joke.
RE: Too fracking cold.
The reaon why people still opt to STAY in California even with the huge budget deficit, huge state debt, higher taxes, and an intractable immigration problem is this -— GOD GIVEN WEATHER.
People will tolerate lots of disadvantages for this one factor.
In fact, other than Hawaii, I can’t find any other state in this country with the natural weather advantage that California affords.
Unless the Dakota man-made advantage far outweighs the man-made problems of California, I don’t see how Dakota’s natural weather disadvantage can encourage people to migrate to their part of the world.
EDIT TO ADD : Maybe a Japan-like earthquake or two would change people’s minds ( God forbid )
Most of civilized Canada is warmer than ND. Move to ND...you’ll be cold 11 months out of the year.
Texas still doesn't have a State income tax.
Think I could do without having to read temperatures according to the kelvin scale.
Given the choice of hot vs. cold, I will choose hot.
A good many of us stay in Michigan just because its absolutely beautiful and sportsman friendly.
Fortunately the leeches appear to be fleeing and we’re fixing Michigan.
Did they forget to mention the mild winters?
“...can’t rent a room anywhere...is it true?...”
It is true but only in the western part of the state where the drilling occurs.
The reach of the boom is long. You’ll see oil company trucks gassing up early in the morning in Miles City, Montana, which is over one hundred miles from the heart of activity, and the same thing in Minot, N.D., which is 175 miles from the Montana border.
But you could rent a room in Miles City or Minot. You talk about Williston, right on the state line, over past Stanley and Parshall, seventy or eighy miles away-—you will live in a camper if you can find one or pay mightily.
My sister lives in Watford City, just east of Williston. Friend of hers rented out his whole house (he built a new one for himself I think), four bedrooms, couple baths, nothing fancy, to six guys for $1500/month...apiece. That’s nine grand a month. In North Dakota. In winter!
Five years ago that house would have brought $600 a month...
The beautiful mountains and the warm climate.
it was a nice place. But that was before gangs and the Internet and every nook and cranny of this once-great land going to hell in a flaming handbasket.
Say, can you elaborate on this just a bit, lest we misunderstand you?
Florida, average temp during this freezing weather 75 (used heat twice). San Diego got snow.
Lived in Montana for 6 years. Much the same as North Dakota, Wyoming...etc..
I like the seasons there...I spent a year in Florida and HATED it!
Fargo has a significant stained-glass industry, doesn’t it?
I hear it’s so cold they can cut glass with their nipples.
You live in Hawaii? That must be awesome. I am happy for you.
I like a nice change of seasons as well as the next guy but from -40 to 100+ is a little extreme. I also like the fact that as long as I stay in my state I am never much more than 100 miles from a great lake.
I’m right there with you! I picked Montana, but the Great Lakes are my idea of a good time. Thankfully, I am close, once again!
Why? Why is the government having more taxpayer money than it plans to spend a good thing?
Surplusses lead to either expanding spending projects, or “giving the money back” which gives everyone the same dollar amount, regardless of how much tax they paid, which is quite literally the re-distribution of wealth.
North Dakota is so flat that if you look straight ahead you can see the back of your head.
The state tree is the telephone pole.
The state bird is the mosquito.
What snows in September doesn't melt until the following April.
If you are considering a move to North Dakota, better be prepared for a brutal winter and never ending winds. Driving I-29 from the South Dakota border to Fargo you will also find what has to be the flattest place on earth...I swear you could make a topo map of that area with no more than two lines.
Great lakes, good times!
And snow doesn’t fall it flies by horizontally and makes drifts called “snirt”. Loved the hunting, fishing and hot schnapps though.
That’s for sure!
I could never deal with their winters. I am sure a nice place but way too cold and snowy. Money is nice but not the end all be all.
I live on Maui and it is already climbing to 80 degrees for today. Match that to the temp in N.Dakota today and I say, the difference in taxes is not that important to me. Aloha
You my FRiend do live in paradise. I am so glad that a FREEPER is enjoying their life. It is nice to see.
My brother is a surveyor, and is in the Williston area right now. He sees future plans for development and there is a lot coming.
The housing shortage is real. Not enough housing for the oil crews, and certainly no housing for housing construction crews.
Hey, NH doesn’t have a state income tax (or sales tax) to reduce.
If it's 100 degrees outside, and you'd like your house to be 80, that's a 20-degree adjustment. If it's -20 degrees outside, and you'd like your house to be 60, that's an 80-degree adjustment.
Good for you. I find myself saying "One day, I will leave Joisey"
Do me a favor. Tomorrow, go to an outdoor cafe, order yourself a nice cheeseburger and a brew, put your feet up, and bask in the weather and appreciate your decision instead of just being used to it. Let me know how awesome that feeling is. Perhaps it will inspire me to get off my butt, and get out of here.