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101 1st St NE
Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623-0012

Bowman ranks high on Top 10 list for best places to live in N.D.

July 22, 2016


A picturesque view of the city of Bowman from high above in the balloon. (Submitted photo)A picturesque view of the city of Bowman from high above in the balloon. (Submitted photo)

Pioneer Editor |

While it might not be an official listing, it was good to see Bowman’s quality of life recognized nationally in a recent online Top 10 list.

Bowman placed No. 4 on’s list of the Top 10 places to live in North Dakota (Stanley ranked No. 1) OnlyInYourState bills itself as a not-too-serious website that tasks its writers to scribe interesting facts and develop top lists within each state.

The website takes a fun, informal approach to helping readers discover things to do in each of the 50 states, and is read monthly by more than 30,000,000 people.

The results quickly dominated social media pages around the area, namely posted on the Facebook walls of many Bowman residents.

“Considering moving to North Dakota and want to know where the best places are?” read the website, “or maybe you’ve lived here all your life and are just curious if your town made the list.”

Factors taken into consideration included crime rate, cost of living, education, amenities, and more.

Placing two spots higher than Dickinson, Bowman was cited has having a low cost of living and one of the lowest crime rates in the state.

“You’ll be able to relax in the small town life — the population is only 1,650 — and be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery found in that part of the state,” stated the website. “It’s close to some lovely places and has all the amenities you’ll need.”

The list included the cities of Libson at No. 10, Grand Forks, Beulah, Oakes, Dickinson, Minot, Fargo, Bismarck and Stanley.