heya csers, my friend and i are looking into moving there and need some info. he is an electrician. i am currently a bartender. we are wondering where would be the good towns to find work. but he is extremely against moving anywhere near one of the mancamps. i am also interested in finding towns with entertainment, culture, activity, etc. so basically any advice is welcome. cheers, hd
Well, the good thing about Minot is they would be happy to have another electrician as long as he is certified. The bad thing is, there isn't a heck of a lot to do unless you like to hunt and fish. Also there is no housing in Minot what so ever. I know you said your a bartender, but you could probably walk into any fast food joint and get a job right now.
If you want cheaper housing, keep heading east of Minot. I know Bismarck is cheaper if your buying a house, but I don't know anything about their apparentments. I would assume they would be a good $200 cheaper.
Really when you get down to it, north dakota is a rural state. If you want night life, then maybe fargo has something, but my understanding is that all of the state is the same.
If your curious the "cities" in ND from biggest first goes Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck, Minot, and then I think Jamestown and Williston. So those are the places I'd shoot for (minus williston, it's in the heart of the oil boom".
If there's anything else you'd like me to elbaorate on let me know.
Well finding a job will be pretty easy, North Dakota has plenty of bars and electricians are always in demand. if your looking for a wild wild west kind of area, complete with tons of people and general lawlessness then that would be the minot and wiliston area right now. they are having a big oil boom, but good luck with housing. there is literally NO PLACE TO LIVE, and the average apt is going for $2000 a month, no utilities included. the cost of living has skyrocketed over there in the western half of the state. Plus there is getting to be no jobs there, since so many people have flocked to that area there is not many jobs (unless you know someone) and no housing. plus not enough police to deal with the rising crime. But you will be able to meet people from every state out there. Bismark is close enough to the oil boom to get some of the excitement but far enough away where there is still housing and job opportunities. The other 'cities' in ND are Jamestown, Grand Forks, and Fargo. each have a college but Jamestown is the smallest of those 3. Grand Forks and Fargo are about the same and each have plenty of housing and job opportunities. I cant speak to much on Grand Forks but I can tell you about where I live, Fargo. There is enough of a night life to keep things interesting (3 colleges so plenty of bartender opportunities) affordable housing ($475-$600 for a 2 bedroom utilities included. $550 is a average price) food is affordable (.99 for bread, $3.94 for a gallon of milk (ok milk is kind of expensive). gas is at $3.35/gal. the crime rate is low, and there is definitely a youthful atmosphere thanks to the 3 colleges (NDSU, MSUM, and Concordia). Plus with the high number of students there is enough to do, well known bands and artists come to the Fargodom. and there are plenty of people to meet and hang out with, and Fargo is a strait shot drive down to the twin cities (St. Paul and Minneapolis) in MN if there is anything big (concert, game ect) going on. So I would say if your looking for a place away from the mancamps of Williston and with plenty of culture and entertainment then you want Fargo or even Grand Forks.
thank you miller boys for the advice. my friend has decided it would not be worth his while to head up there and i was just kind of along for the ride. but i appreciate your help regardless.