North Dakota’s
Best Cities for Sleep

2020

The great state of North Dakota was popularized by the movie “Fargo,” an homage to its residents and wintry clime. North Dakota is nicknamed The Peace Garden State for the International Peace Garden located on the border between North Dakota and Canada. The state is part of the Great Plains region and is covered primarily by ranches and farms. North Dakota’s population has swelled in recent years as its oil industry has grown, attracting workers from around the country.

Things to know about North Dakota:

  • The state has more churches per capita than any other in the US
  • Though North Dakota is the least-visited state in the country, tourism is still its third largest industry
  • North Dakota boasts the tallest man-made structure in the Western Hemisphere, the KVLY-TV mast
  • The state flower is the wild prairie rose
  • North Dakota does not have professional sports teams but does have semi-pro basketball and hockey teams in some of the larger cities

With its snowy landscapes and open skies, North Dakota may sound like slumber heaven. But are the folks who live here as well-rested as those in other states? Let’s take a look at the best cities for sleep in North Dakota and find out.

29 %

The percentage of adults who report insufficient sleep each year. Insufficient sleep increases the chance of weight gain, cognitive problems, and cardiovascular disease

32 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher body mass usually equals a greater risk of sleep apnea

26 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to disrupted sleep and less REM sleep

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1
West Fargo, North Dakota
West Fargo
Sleep Score: 85.21

West Fargo, ND

Population 36,566
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 76,925
Mentally unhealthy days 2.7
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 2.6
Drinking 250
Physical inactivity 2.6
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Food insecurity 90
Unempolyment 21

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Williston, North Dakota
Williston
Sleep Score: 84.79

Williston, ND

Population 27,096
Insufficient Sleep 320
Median Income 91,359
Mentally unhealthy days 2.6
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 270
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.14
Food insecurity 70
Unempolyment 25

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Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck
Sleep Score: 84.74

Bismarck, ND

Population 73,112
Insufficient Sleep 240
Median Income 61,477
Mentally unhealthy days 2.8
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 2.6
Drinking 240
Physical inactivity 2.6
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.96
Food insecurity 60
Unempolyment 24

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Dickinson, North Dakota
Dickinson
Sleep Score: 84.51

Dickinson, ND

Population 22,739
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 74,469
Mentally unhealthy days 2.5
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.5
Drinking 260
Physical inactivity 2.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.82
Food insecurity 60
Unempolyment 27

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Watford City, North Dakota
Watford Cit.
Sleep Score: 84.36

Watford City, ND

Population 7,080
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 77,924
Mentally unhealthy days 2.8
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 2.9
Drinking 270
Physical inactivity 2.9
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.86
Food insecurity 80
Unempolyment 25

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Mandan, North Dakota
Mandan
Sleep Score: 84

Mandan, ND

Population 22,519
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 61,817
Mentally unhealthy days 2.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 250
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Food insecurity 60
Unempolyment 30

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Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo
Sleep Score: 83.8

Fargo, ND

Population 124,844
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 50,561
Mentally unhealthy days 2.7
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 2.6
Drinking 250
Physical inactivity 2.6
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.38
Food insecurity 90
Unempolyment 21

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Minot, North Dakota
Minot
Sleep Score: 83.54

Minot, ND

Population 47,370
Insufficient Sleep 320
Median Income 63,133
Mentally unhealthy days 2.6
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 2.8
Drinking 260
Physical inactivity 2.8
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Food insecurity 70
Unempolyment 32

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Jamestown, North Dakota
Jamestown
Sleep Score: 83.52

Jamestown, ND

Population 15,226
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 51,743
Mentally unhealthy days 2.7
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 2.8
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 2.8
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.93
Food insecurity 70
Unempolyment 23

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Wahpeton, North Dakota
Wahpeton
Sleep Score: 83.45

Wahpeton, ND

Population 7,753
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 51,756
Mentally unhealthy days 2.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 2.7
Drinking 240
Physical inactivity 2.7
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.24
Food insecurity 60
Unempolyment 24

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Valley City, North Dakota
Valley City
Sleep Score: 83.12

Valley City, ND

Population 6,380
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 47,542
Mentally unhealthy days 2.7
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 2.8
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 2.8
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2
Food insecurity 70
Unempolyment 27

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Devils Lake, North Dakota
Devils Lake
Sleep Score: 82.91

Devils Lake, ND

Population 7,278
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 43,791
Mentally unhealthy days 2.8
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.96
Food insecurity 80
Unempolyment 27

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
Grand Forks
Sleep Score: 82.72

Grand Forks, ND

Population 56,948
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 48,241
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 260
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.42
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 22

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Minot AFB, North Dakota
Minot AFB
Sleep Score: 82.67

Minot AFB, ND

Population 5,789
Insufficient Sleep 320
Median Income 46,844
Mentally unhealthy days 2.6
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 2.8
Drinking 260
Physical inactivity 2.8
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 1.89
Food insecurity 70
Unempolyment 32

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How Did We Determine the Best Cities for Sleep?

Sleep is impacted by important behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors. We compiled our list of Best Cities for Sleep by looking at 10 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.

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