Dickinson is located in the far western portion of North Dakota, on I-94, a little less than 100 miles from Bismarck. Just east of the Little Missouri National Grassland, the city covers a scenic 10 square miles.
It’s an interesting and fairly difficult time to be moving to Dickinson, to say the least. With the recent oil boom, Dickinson’s population is increasing at rates that far exceed the state and the nation. From 2000-2010 the population increased by 11%, and by 2020 the number of Dickinson residents is expected to double from the 2000 census.
Dickinson’s housing market, formerly dominated by single-family homes, has been inundated by renters temporarily relocating to the city to take advantage of the oil boom. So, basically, you’re going to need to be a blessed individual to find an apartment that’s decent and affordable. Cheap apartments are nil in this small city, as demand has surpassed supply, increasing rental prices to luxury Manhattan prices. Small trailers and garage apartments are going for upwards of $2000. It may even be difficult to secure a hotel room for your apartment hunt.
However, Dickinson has begun to cope with this population influx, and a number of new apartment complexes and rental homes are slated for construction through February of 2013. These new developments cater to the oil boom resident, offering everything from studio apartments to three bedrooms, furnished apartments for rent, and short-term leases. So, while you may have some trouble finding housing at first, relief is on the horizon. Additionally, commercial shopping, dining and entertainment venues are also planned for construction.
The good news is that Dickinson is a fairly safe city throughout its many formerly sleepy neighborhoods. Regardless of where you end up settling, your safety shouldn’t be an issue.
West of the city center you’ll find the largest number of apartment rentals in small complexes. Additionally, many of the more upscale, luxury rentals slated for construction are being installed in this area. Two bedrooms here range from $1700 to $2000.
You’ll find occasional rental homes scattered throughout Dickinson’s many safe, family-friendly neighborhoods. The neighborhoods north and east of the city center tend to be more settled and have a more “local” vibe. Be prepared to pay dearly for any rental home that you find. Two bedrooms can cost anything from $2500 to $3000.
Because rentals are scarce, it can be difficult to secure an apartment that is pet friendly. As the local housing crisis is remedied by new construction you’ll be able to find more rentals that are both cat and dog friendly. For now, it’ll be tough to find an apartment for you, let alone your four-legged friend.
So welcome to Dickinson! And good luck with your apartment hunt!