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Little oil town has nationís highest rents
Houston Chronicle via Fuel Fix ^ | February 19, 2014 | Cory Heikkila

Posted on 02/21/2014 4:49:21 AM PST by thackney

As far as big cities go, Houston isn’t so bad when it comes to renting a small apartment, according to a survey from Apartment Guide. That’s especially true when you compare prices against one surprising little town.

The group lists the average monthly cost for a one-bedroom apartment in Houston at $817. Compare that to Los Angeles, where you’ll pay an average of $1,411 for the same dwelling. In the New York area, you can expect that to cost around $1,500.

But those aren’t the highest rent costs in the country.

That honor goes to Williston, N.D., where the average cost for a month’s rent in a 700-square-foot, one-bedroom pad can run $2,400.

But why Williston, nestled near the Missouri River on the northwest side of North Dakota? Do they have a thriving art, food, and bar scene? Are hipsters flocking there to create their own little paradise? Is it the proximity to Theodore Roosevelt National Park?

Nope, it’s an oil boom that is making Williston so expensive.

“The town has been through two oil booms, an industry that is cyclical in nature,” said Katie Long, communications director for economic development in Williston.

The first boom was in 2000 and went full-bore in 2008. The Bakken Shale, which stretches between North Dakota and Montana, has been a focal point for the nation’s current oil boom.

“Rents are very high here, but we also have an area mean income that is about $79,000,” Long said.

You can still find older complexes renting out a two-bedroom for around $1,500, according to Long, but they are scarce.

(Excerpt) Read more at fuelfix.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: bakken; energy; oil
excerpted for Houston Comical content
1 posted on 02/21/2014 4:49:21 AM PST by thackney
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To: thackney

Wow! I guess 1982 is a loooong time ago. My first apartment near Airport and Fondren, a nice 1 bedroom place, cost me $295 a month with a $200 security deposit.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 4:59:32 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: thackney

Boom town, make it quick while you can. I wonder what they charge for groceries?


3 posted on 02/21/2014 5:29:31 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: thackney

When they were building the Alaska oil pipeline a friend of mine said he wished he was a woman. Said he’d go to Alaska and make his f’n fortune.


4 posted on 02/21/2014 5:32:20 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

They should take all those used FEMA trailers, heck, even New Orleans waterlogged school buses...up there, convert them to basic shelter..


5 posted on 02/21/2014 5:32:50 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
The first boom was in 2000 and went full-bore in 2008...

In this case, quick is a relative term.

Not the typical boom/bust cycle.

6 posted on 02/21/2014 5:32:52 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: ken5050

Keeping the plumbing thawed in a typical FEMA trailer and a typical North Dakota winter could be an issue.

But it has been done.

Minot FEMA Trailers on the Move
http://www.wday.com/event/article/id/61820/


7 posted on 02/21/2014 5:35:31 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: ken5050

and put them on what land? all the land is being drilled.


8 posted on 02/21/2014 5:41:18 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: thackney
Neat..thanks...

How do they keep the sewer lines from freezing solid?

9 posted on 02/21/2014 5:42:09 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: thackney

Twenty years ago I worked for a boss from North Dakota who claimed that there WAS no Cost of Living in North Dakota.

How times change.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 5:42:18 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ken5050

Buried below frost lines, just like all locations.

Perhaps I don’t understand your question.


11 posted on 02/21/2014 5:43:19 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: ken5050

There are many FEMA trailers here already. This whole country is over run with campers.
I have lived in mine for 8 years in places like Big Piney Wy, Rock Springs, Pinedale wy, Richfield utah and I now live in Blaisdell nd


12 posted on 02/21/2014 5:47:44 AM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: thackney

I was referring to the hook up, the connecting pipe..from the drains until it goes below the frost line..


13 posted on 02/21/2014 5:49:05 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: ken5050

Heavy Insulation, heat tape...

It would take some effort.


14 posted on 02/21/2014 5:50:19 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: South Dakota

What do you do to keep the plumbing thawed?


15 posted on 02/21/2014 5:51:13 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

I don’t use the water or sewer. I just run up to the cabana and shit,shower and shave there. Many people here run heat tape and insulation to keep from freezing but with the wind even that doesn’t help. It’s- 7 right now


16 posted on 02/21/2014 6:18:59 AM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: South Dakota
with the wind even that doesn’t help

Thanks for the reply. I thought it would be difficult. Almost need to put the trailer in an outer structure like a garage and still insulate & Heat Tape.

We used to live in Alaska outside Anchorage. Many water lines were buried 10' deep, entered the house from the middle of the basement underneath. They still occasionally froze. Newer codes required 12' burial depth.

17 posted on 02/21/2014 6:22:52 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
There have been a couple stories about the two strip bars in Williston where the ladies were making $1000-1500/shift.
They were getting applicants from all over the world to come and work there.

The housing crunch is not as bad as it was a year or so ago. There have been many hotels/motels and apartment buildings built in the last two years in the area. The days of the Walmart parking lots full of campers is gone. I have sold a lot of lumber over the last three years that went into the construction of Man Camp temporary buildings. This is a trailer that has 4-5 bedroom/baths in it. There is no sign of this need slowing down any time soon. Not only is there the demand here in the US but also in Alberta where the oil sands are. There is just not enough housing in these areas to meet the foreseeable demand.

18 posted on 02/21/2014 6:55:01 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: ken5050

Ever step into one of those government trailers? The formaldehyde fumes will knock you down.


19 posted on 02/21/2014 7:37:54 AM PST by Romulus
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

An elderly married couple was at home watching TV. The husband had the remote and was switching back and forth between a fishing channel and the porn channel. The wife became more and more annoyed and finally said: “For god’s sake! Leave it on the porn channel. You already know how to fish!”


20 posted on 02/21/2014 3:23:33 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

LOL


21 posted on 02/21/2014 3:36:13 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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