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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    C
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C-
  12. Commute
    B
Thompson is a town in North Dakota with a population of 1,161. Thompson is in Grand Forks County and is one of the best places to live in North Dakota. Living in Thompson offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Thompson and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Thompson are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$180,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$544
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    6%
  • Own
    94%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    0
    500.1
  • Theft
    0
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284

Residents

Diversity
C
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    18%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    21%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    5%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Thompson

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$94,167
National
$55,322
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Thompson Reviews

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The local airport has a small handful of flights daily. It makes scheduling a flight to anywhere a full-day excursion.

There is one Amtrack train daily in/out that leaves sometime in the middle of the night. It's usually running late; anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

There is a bus service in town but every year it seems they cut back on routes.

The "Greenway" along with river is a popular walking/biking/running area. But if you're a pedestrian looking to get from point A to point B, you will have difficulty finding a safe way to get there.

The stoplights are poorly controlled throughout the city. It appears they are not controlled by traffic loads but instead have generic pattern they follow, regardless of the current traffic.
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There appears to be a monopoly on both grocery stores and gas stations. Gas is more expensive here than in surrounding communities. There is only one grocery store chain. Super Target and Walmart recently started carrying groceries and those create a more affordable option for food.

There are many chain restaurants but a few mom&pop diners have managed to survive.

Retail shopping is dismal. Most people drive 70 miles south to Fargo or even further, to Minneapolis for clothing.
Police officers in the area are generally regarded as bullies. Most will act in a passive-aggressive manner in that they will lie to you to get information they want or to intimidate you for fun.

Fire department is volunteer-only in the smaller surrounding towns. They are first-responders and have a good reputation in the area.

Traffic development and control is planned very poorly in this area. Stoplights are not controlled by traffic loads and drivers have a hard time with anything out of the ordinary. Construction zones seem disorganized and in the summer months seem to overwhelm the poorly planned traffic patterns.