We have just wrapped the first 3 months of 2023. The first quarter of the year is done. Where did that time go? I published a content piece yesterday about the happiest states in the nation. North Dakota ranked pretty high, coming in at #13. That's pretty good.

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Since North Dakota is a fairly happy state, let's do a deep dive and see what cities are the happiest in North Dakota. Wallethub put out a survey to determine the happiest cities in America. They compared 182 of the largest cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across three key dimensions: 1) Emotional & Physical Well-Being, 2) Income & Employment, and 3) Community & Environment. They then evaluated these categories using 30 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. More on how they made their determinations can be found here.


North Dakota had 2 cities that did very well in 2023. The 12th happiest city in the nation is Bismarck and the 20th happiest city is Fargo. Here's where some of our neighboring towns and cities landed around us.

  • Sioux Falls - 8th
  • Minneapolis - 17th
  • Rapid City - 43rd
  • Billings - 115th

Interestingly enough, Williston made the list last year with a rank of 25. We are still happy, and things are going strong, but we did not make their list in 2023. So there you go. You don't have to look very far to know why we are some of the happiest people around.

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