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Myths About Retiring in North Dakota

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 06:45 PM

Most people do not see North Dakota as a prime spot to spend their golden years. Preconceived notions of life in the state stop many from so much as considering it but, often, these ideas are little more than myth. It's time to set the record straight.

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  1. North Dakota is Not a Good or Attractive Place to Retire - This is truly one of biggest myths about retiring in North Dakota. Many retirees approach the state as a place in which they simply would not enjoy living. However, Bankrate ranked North Dakota in the top ten of the best states in which to retire in both 2013 and 2014. Additionally, Forbes magazine has considered Fargo, North Dakota one of the 25 best places to retire for several years in a row.
  2. Retiring in North Dakota Means Constant Seclusion - While there are certainly out-of-the-way towns of about 100 people across North Dakota, there are also plenty of thriving towns and cities for retirees who would like a more metropolitan feel to their retirement destination. For example, Forbes reports that Fargo, North Dakota boasts a population of about 114,000 people and a "rocket economy."
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  4. There Isn't Anything to Do in North Dakota - Over the years, North Dakota has earned the reputation of a barren, empty wasteland, but nothing could be further from the truth. The recent oil boom in the state has created a need for many jobs related to that industry and other industries that support the new influx of workers, so retirees who wish to find work in their later years should not have much trouble finding a job in North Dakota. Further, MarketWatch reports that the state is great for retirees who want to hunt or simply enjoy the outdoors. Finally, urban centers like Fargo and Bismarck offer the ideal combination of small-town community and metropolitan activities for retirees who want to be able to go to shows or out for a nice night on the town.
  5. No One Retires in North Dakota - According to the United States Census Bureau, about 14.5 percent of North Dakota's population in 2010 was made up of people aged 65 or older. This was slightly higher than the national percentage at this time. Further, there are plenty of towns with even higher percentages of people in this age range, such as Bismarck's 15.4 percent.
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Most people do not see North Dakota as a prime spot to spend their golden years. Preconceived notions of life in the state stop many from so much as considering it but, often, these ideas are little more than myth. It's time to set the record straight.
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