Learn why Bismarck-Mandan is so attractive to businesses

Companies operating in North Dakota reap the benefits of a state recognized nationally for being a place that facilitates success. From a highly favorable economic outlook to healthy workforce environments, it's no surprise businesses are building momentum in Bismarck-Mandan.


 Built-In AdvantagesLower Upfront CostsLower Operating Costs for 10 Years
 Low electric ratesLIFT Innovation Loan Fund10-Year Property Tax Exemption
 Natural gas is 25% lower than the national averageNorth Dakota Sales and Use Tax ExemptionPACE & Match Loan Programs - Bank of North Dakota
 Low water ratesFirst 2 Years Reduced Lease RateCash Rebate of 60% Payroll Taxes for 10 Years
 Low Sewer ratesShovel-Ready Industrial Sites with Utilities and Diligence CompletedCorporate Income Tax Exemption
  Research Expense Credit
  Agricultural Commodity Processing Facility Investment Tax Credit
group of coworkers meeting around a table#2 - Comparisun ranked North Dakota as having the second-happiest workforce in 2019.

#3 - North Dakota had the third-highest crude oil production of any state in the country in 2022, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

#4 - MoneyRates ranked North Dakota as the fourth-best state for places for young adults to live in 2023.

#5 - 24/7 Wall St. ranked North Dakota in 2020 as the best state for business in the Midwest and fifth best nationwide.

#9 - Rich States, Poor States lists North Dakota with the ninth-best economic outlook for U.S. states in 2022.

North Dakota and Bismarck-Mandan offer employers numerous advantages in hiring individuals. One significant draw is the high wages typically paid to area employees, illustrated below.

Salary by Selected Occupations

TitleHourly Median
Accountants and Auditors27.86
Administrative Service Managers37.95
Automotive Service Tech and Mechanics    19.36
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Audit Clerks    17.61
Claims Adjuster, Examiner, and Invest25.73
Computer Operators18.86
Computer User Support Specialists22.54
Computer Systems Analysts    33.37
Counter and Rental Clerks    14.62
Customer Service Representatives    15.31
Executive Secretaries & Administrative Assistants 24.17
Financial Managers    52.85
Heating, Air Cond and Refrig Mechanics22.75
Loan Officers31.64
Maintenance and Repair Worker (General)17.60
Network and Computer Systems Admin33.70
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters27.76
Receptionists and Information Clerks15.42
Retail Salespersons12.25
Sheet Metal Workers    23.57
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers    14.51
Surveying and Mapping Technicians22.19

Job Service North Dakota Occupational Employment Survey, 2016 Edition