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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A
Grand Forks is a town in North Dakota with a population of 56,556. Grand Forks is in Grand Forks County. Living in Grand Forks offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Grand Forks there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Grand Forks and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Grand Forks are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$197,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$809
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Grand Forks Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    164.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    48.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    36.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    374.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,852.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    218.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    23%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Grand Forks

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,871
National
$55,322
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Grand Forks is simply amazing...and here is why! I have lived in Grand Forks for over ten years and here is what I have noticed our community excels at, and things that we could improve upon. The Grand Forks community is wonderful and lifting their community up in times of need and reaching out all the time. This ranges from snow shoveling, holiday gifts/events, and even free masks amid the pandemic we are facing. These acts of kindness show the quality of Grand Forks as well as how we are "North Dakota Nice." Although we have so many top qualities, there are some things we could improve upon, such as: the communication between educators and students. We as a community need to dig deeper into our students, and engage in their daily lives. We need to make them feel heard and strive for meaningful, long lasting relationships. I say this because as I have made my way through the school system, I can see the difference of a committed educator.
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Grand Forks is the kind of place where if you can dream it, you can do it. The City is really open to new ideas and there is a vibrant group of young professionals and young families who want to make the community even better. Even though there are very cold winters, there is always lots to do indoors (swimming pools, fitness centers, concerts, off-Broadway theatre) and outdoors (snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, sledding)

The summertime is absolutely beautiful, with temperatures in the 70s. We've got a 21 mile paved bike/walking path that stretches all along the river called the Greenway. It's a park that's 3 times the size of Central Park!
As someone who moved from California to Grand Forks I can say it's been a culture shock. In a good way at least! Granted the diversity up here is certainly lacking, everyone I have meet has been kind. No traffic (yay!) and it's an incredibly laid back and slower way of life up here which I love. It's warm and inviting even in the dead -60 degree winter.