Bismarck Named 2nd Happiest City


Some people are all smiles for one larger city in western and central North Dakota.

Quoted from the Declaration of Independence and Wallethub — it’s about the ‘pursuit of happiness.’
Bismarck falls under that category. 

Sandy Kuch is enjoying the sun and spending time with her dogs. 
She’s been a Bismarck resident for 15 years. 

Sandy Kuch, Bismarck Resident, says, “I think it’s just really small enough to be a really comfortable city to live in.” 

That’s certainly a very happy answer. 
According to WalletHub… Bismarck came in 2nd out of 182 large cities across the U.S. 
The report defined ‘happiest’ 28 different ways.

Mayor Mike Seminary, Bismarck Mayor, says, “About their own personal life, their health, their well being. Which takes into account. Their job security. How they feel about their community. How they feel about the people around them.”

Out of the top five cities for happiest places most of them came from warmer climates such as Hawaii, California, and Texas. So it makes Bismarck a little more unique.

Mayor Seminary says, “The high is 70, the low is 50, and there we are number 2 –which tells me that weather isn’t as big of a deal as a lot of people make it.”

But everyone we spoke to did mention the weather.

Kuch adds, “We love our weather so much. I think that we always have things to talk about and it’s a great topic of conversation.”

“It’s going to be hard to make some people really happy when really that pole was taken when it was 30 below so that might have something to do with it,” says Mayor Seminary. 

Bismarck is where Susie Kite calls home — she agrees that coming in 2nd is right. 
Susie Kite, Bismarck Resident says, “There could be a little bit more different stuff probably. The shopping — that’s pretty okay.”

For Kuch… it is the Capitol City that makes it a reason she can brag about. 

Kuch says, “I wouldn’t want to live any other place.”

A 3 hour drive to the East will take you to the city that came in 6th— Fargo.

Fremont, California came in number 1. 

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