A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$172,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$772
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

Grand Forks Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    195
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    63
    41
  • Robbery
    47
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    524
    500
  • Theft
    2,325
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    233
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,593
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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I've lived in Grand Forks for almost 15 years and it's been a nice place to raise our family. It has a small town feel but has almost anything you would need. A bunch of new/good restaurants were brought in a few years ago and it seems like there are more coming all the time. The shopping leaves a bit to be desired but with the internet being what it is, that can be overcome. There are a bunch of great inner-communities for different hobbies to get involved in but you will need to seek them out. They do a great job trying to provide things/events and most of them are family friendly. The parks in town are fantastic and there is a great running/rollerblade/bike trail that runs next to the Red River. All along this area is a park-like area (The Greenway) that is fantastic whether you are walking, running, biking or picnicking. The area around the river is kept clean and very well maintained all year round so it can be enjoyed in any season.
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Grand Forks is a very friendly environment. It was a great place for me to grow up in and is a great place for any kind of family, from just a husband and wife, to a family with 10 children. There are things to do for everyone, from the elderly to young children. The school system is very good as I learned a lot from not only my private elementary school, but also my public middle and high school. I will be moving to Minnesota for college but will strongly consider moving back after college because of my admiration for this community.
Grand Forks has numerous stores that provide a variety of different shopping options for people ranging from chain stores to boutiques. People are also able to access a variety of different restaurants which can make dinner an interesting venture. Grand Forks has an active night live however it seems to mostly target the younger college generation. One event that everyone should check out is a UND men’s hockey game. One thing that I wish would change Grand Forks is the housing market. I am a student and finding affordable college housing is hard. Currently I live by downtown Grand Forks with my girlfriend and together we pay $1,000 for rent not including any utilities. Our neighborhood is a lower income neighborhood, so renting anywhere else in town would cost quite a bit more.