Sorry Bozeman, we nudged you out. It’s fun that we’re showing up on a lot of these types of lists. More of the country is learning about our evolving community and why we choose to live, work, play, and learn together here. Enjoy!
One Bozeman writer isn’t thrilled with finishing behind Fargo.
A website dedicated to ranking the best places to live, work and play named Bozeman the third best city in the U.S. to live during the winter.
Livability.com listed the “Top 10 Winter Cities,” based on whether the cities had plenty of things to do and see during cold-weather months.
1. Anchorage, Ala.
2. Fargo, N.D.
3. Bozeman, Mont.
4. Logan, Utah
5. St. Cloud, Minn.
6. Saratoga Springs, NY
7. Bangor, Maine
8. Spokane, Wash.
9. Lebanon, Pa.
10. Gillette, Wyo.
About Fargo, ND
Straddling the Minnesota state border, Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota, located in the southeastern part of the state on the banks of the Red River. Known as the Gateway to the West, the city is jam-packed with museums, galleries and an Art Deco theater palace. Three college campuses, including the main campus of North Dakota State University, call Fargo home, as do a number of research and tech-based companies.
2. Fargo, ND
Even in temperatures that drop well below zero the friendly residents of Fargo, ND, exude a warmth that is both welcoming and sincere. Perhaps this congenial spirit is rooted in the region’s Norwegian culture – prominently on display at the Hjemkomst Center in nearby Moorhead. The center houses a museum and a handcrafted replica Viking ship built by the late Robert Asp, a local junior high school guidance counselor.
Or it could stem from a belief that a town that plays together stays together. That’s certainly true of these twin towns. Fargo’s park district sponsors several family-friendly events during winter including Winterfest, a weekend full of indoor sports tournaments, and a range of other activities, from a cross-country ski race and celebrity hockey game to a day of free skiing, sledding and Clydesdale horse-drawn sleigh rides.
Job seekers take note, North Dakota holds the nation’s lowest unemployment rate. Fargo’s population grew by nearly 15,000 residents between 2000 and 2010. Much of the area’s growth stems from gains in emerging technology sectors, which include health care, energy savings and recycling. Residents here enjoy a cost of living that is below the national average.
Average January low: -2 degrees
Average annual snowfall: 40.8 inches
Median home price: $143,003
Unemployment rate: 3.3 percent