A recent study showed that the best college town in North Dakota is not in Fargo, nor is it in Bismarck or Minot, but in the home of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

According to the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Grand Forks scored well as a college town in several categories that were determining factors to find the 'Best College Town' in North Dakota.

The towns used in the study across the U.S. are college towns with less than 250,000 people that had a low cost of living, abundant jobs, and easy transportation. It also helps to have a college town that's known for great nightlife as well. Grand Forks finished in the top ten on the list for 'student employment' and 'nightlife and fun.'

Unemployment rates for students between the ages of 20 and 24 were used to determine Grand Forks' number 10 ranking on the list of best college towns for student employment.

The city also climbed to the number 2 spot on the list of best college towns for bars. As I'm not exactly certain as to how they determined that list, I can say that while I've personally only spent a limited amount of time in Grand Forks, you can't go wrong with hitting up The Loft after a hockey game, or maybe O'Really's Irish Pub for a drink, or if you want to join some more of the college crowd, you're sure to find them at Joe Black's Bar & Grill later in the night. Those are just a few spots I've had the chance to experience during my limited time spent in Grand Forks.

Again, this study was performed by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so Grand Forks can thank them for labeling them as the 'Best College Town in North Dakota.' Your move, Fargo and Bismarck.

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