Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN Real Estate

Grand Forks Kudos



  • Lowest taxes for a manufacturing and food processing facility (EDC, GF Region, 2004)
  • Lowest Worker's Compensation Insurance costs in the nation (EDC 2004)
  • Ranked 28th overall in nation for Best Small Metro in Business and Career (Forbes, 2006)
  • Ranked 12th in income growth for Best Small Metros in the Nation (Forbes, 2005)
  • Ranked 30th overall in nation for Best Small Metro in Business and Career (Forbes, 2005)
  • Cirrus Design plans expansion that could create more than 350 new jobs in the next three years
  • Ranked 80th in "The Best Places for Doing Business in America 2005" for both big and small cities and 30th for small metros
  • GF Public Schools ranked 14th out of 362 school systems studied in top metros of the U.S. overall for public schools (Atlas & Guide 2006 issue of Expansion Management Magazine) 
  • UND ranked 14th out of 375 schools in nation for Entrepreneurial Undergraduate Campuses - ranked above Stanford University (Forbes & Princeton Review)
  • Shanghai-ND joint business management initiative (College of Business and Public Administration) recognized by the Institute of International Education (Dimensions)
  • GF Public School District awarded 2000 Exemplary Career Guidance and Counseling Program (U.S. Department of Education)
  • GF Public School District finalist for 2002 National School of Character Designation Award (Dept. of Education and Character Education Dept.)
  • GF Public School District named to list of Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America (National School Boards Association)
Quality of Life
  • North Dakota ranked 11th "Most Livable State" and 1st "Safest State" (Manhattan Institue for Policy Review)
  • North Dakota ranked 50th as the percentage of people spending 30% or more household income on mortgage-indicating low mortgage/home ownership cost
  • One of the Top 100 Communities for Young People (America's Promise Top 100 Communities for Young People competition, September 2005)
  • North Dakota ranked 5th top state for children (Annie E. Casey Foundation, "Kids Count Data Book", July, 2005)
  • Grand Forks ranked 12th out of 117 cities for the most secure small cities in the country(The Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, July, 2005)
  • 4 star community in 5th annual Quality of Life Quotient rating (Expansion Management)
  • 6th Best Small City in the nation for relocating a family (Primary Relocation)
  • Ranked 10th on Sperling's Best Places in 2004 (Sperling's Best Places)
  • Ranked 108th out of 117 least stressful small metro areas-117 is the least stressful(Sperling's Best Places, 2004)
  • Ranked 2nd least expensive city to own and maintain a car (Runzheimer Int.)
  • In top ten list of cheapest cities for car insurance (Runzheimer Int.)
  • Altru Health Systems ranked top 3.5% in the nation (EDC, 2004)
  • Altru Health Systems recipient of J.D. Power and Associates "Distinguished Hospital for Service Excellence" (Altru)
  • Alerus Center is largest event center between Minneapolis and Seattle (CVB)
  • Grand Forks Corporate Center recipient of 2001 American Institute of Architects Design Award and 2000 Mayor's Barrier Free Design (JLG Architects)
  • Kins Walk recipient of American Institute of Architects Design Award (ND American Institute of Architects) 
  • Historic renovation of F Metropolitan Opera House featured project on HGTV's "Restore America With Bob Villa" (JLG Architects)
  • Grand Forks Air Traffic Control Tower honored for safely handling one million operations without error (Federal Aviation Adminstration)
  • GFK one of the top 50 busiest airports in the U.S. (FAA)
  • Downtown Grand Forks Historic District nominated to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
GF Air Force Base
  • UND and GFAFB new home to McDonnell Douglas DC-8 jet that serves as one of the 'airborne laboratories' of NASA
  • 2005 recipient of Air Mobility Command  Outstanding Community Support Award-Abilene Trophy
  • 1st place in Model Facility Demonstration (2001 White House Closing the Circle Award Winners)
  • 1999 Non-Industrial Recycling Award (Cross Talk)
  • Winner of 2002 General Thomas D. White Environmental Award in category of Pollution Prevention (AFCEE)
  • In the top 10 list for Best Commute (Airforce Times, 2004)
  • 1998 Pulitzer Gold Medal awarded to Grand Forks Herald for Meritorious Public Service
  • 1999 Top 10 Sport Section-GF Herald (AP Sports Editors)
  • Photo staff finalist in 1998 Pulitzer competition-GF Herald
Debbie Bjerk