Bismarck ranked fastest growing city in N.D.

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BISMRCK, N.D. - Bismarck has been named the fastest growing city in North Dakota. We talked to people in real estate, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce, and a new resident to find out why.

People said there's a variety of elements that attract people to Bismarck.

Even a rainy day can't dampen the good news the Capitol City has received.

"We have 2,300 jobs available here just in our region alone," said Scott Meske, Bismarck Mandan Chamber of commerce president.

Jobs are why new resident Rachael Bracken and her family moved to Bismarck.

"There's the river there's the desert, there's so many nice people, my realtor was super nice and got me involved,"said Rachael Bracken, Bismarck.

Bracken moved from Devil's Lake and is the Health Information Manager at Vibra Hospital. She says she loves the community's amenities, and she's not alone in enjoying destination Bismarck as home.

"The cost of living is really decent here, you can get a lot for your money as far as housing goes," said Patsy Chapman, Alliance Real Estate.

Patsy Chapman with Alliance Real Estate says Sanford Hospital and other businesses expanding is also attracting people to the city. She adds it's mostly young families trying to make their homes in a land of opportunity.

"I still think it boils down to quality of life, the opportunities available, the diversity, and culture that we have and we really do have some great amenities here, walking trails and again good schools and opportunities for business people to succeed," said Meske.

During the oil boom, the western part of the state experienced the most growth in population.

The recent survey from 24/7 Wall Street said there was a 12 percent increase in Bismarck's population from 2011-2016.