Living in Bismarck

Residents of North Dakota’s capital enjoy many of the perks you might find in a more cosmopolitan area. Bismarck ranks seventh out of 100 cities listed on the 2016 Best Places to Live and second of the top 10 Best Affordable Places to Live 2016 index. You’ll find scenic parks, art galleries, the Dakota Zoo, and a grouping of historic sites among the things to do in Bismarck. The Bismarck Event Center hosts concerts, Broadway shows, craft fairs, rodeos and conferences.

There are four-star-rated golf courses, cross-country skiing in winter months, bike and walking trails, camping areas and skate parks. Many residents follow the Lewis and Clark Trail, which leads to a variety of recreational amenities across the region. While the city has many restaurants, the locally owned, independent eateries are worth talking about and are among some of the most popular in Bismarck.

Helpful Links and Resources

Bismarck Area Resource Guide for Homeless People
Burleigh County Housing Authority Serves the population of the City of Bismarck and Burleigh County by providing affordable housing opportunities and rental assistance for income eligible families.
N.D. Housing Finance Agency The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency website provides information about buying a home, rehabbing a home, and rental assistance. Home buyer information includes available programs for low- to moderate-income buyers, interest rates, home buyer education, lender information and other resources. The rehabilitation section covers programs available to home owners and buyers as well as developers. The rental assistance section addresses programs that help provide modestly priced housing opportunities for low-income families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. It also features contact information for affordable rental housing projects that received support from the NDHFA.
Purchasing a Home - Multiple Listing Service Bismarck Mandan Board of Realtors
Purchasing, Rehab & Education - Community Works North Dakota Home buyer education and 1st and 2nd mortgages to help facilitate home ownership.
Renting - Bismarck-Mandan Apartment Association