Who would have thought this? But the stats look good. And ND is operating with a surplus? That is a correct statement in the following article. Don’t change your glasses or run to the doctor.
With unemployment (that we are aware of) at 12.7% in a county outside of the East’s “Silicon Valley”, and our state government in such a dismal bind, ND looks very good. See the stats below:
Why North Dakota May Be the Best State in the Country to Live In
While many states are confronting severe budget shortfalls and dragging economies, North Dakota has a different sort of problem. It’s stuck deciding how best to deal with a budget surplus. Yes, a surplus. North Dakota’s balance sheet is so strong it recently reduced individual income taxes and property taxes by a combined $400 million, and is debating further cuts….
Lowest unemployment rate among the 50 states. North Dakota’s 3.8 percent unemployment rate is less than half the national rate.
• Statewide GDP growth of 3.9 percent ranked third in the nation in 2009 behind Oklahoma and Wyoming (2010’s figures are not yet available.)
• Best job growth last year. A Gallup survey reported that North Dakota businesses had the best ratio of hiring to firing among the 50 states.
• Stable housing market. Across the nation, nearly 1 in 4 homeowners with a mortgage are underwater. In North Dakota, just 1 in 14 have negative equity, the fourth lowest negative-equity ratio among all the states. The state also has the third-lowest home foreclosure rate. Affordable homes are a big part of the story here; let’s just say you don’t need to overstretch to own. According to Zillow, the median home price in North Dakota is below $150,000. That’s less than three times the state’s median household income. By comparison, even after sharp post-bubble price declines, the median priced home in California is still about five times median household income.
• Low violent crime rate. The incidence of violent crime per 100,000 residents in North Dakota in 2008 (latest available data) was the fourth lowest in the country and nearly 60 percent lower than the national average.
• Lowest credit card default rate. According to TransUnion, North Dakotans seem to have a handle on spending within their means.
North Carolina’s unemployment is almost if not more than 3 times that. We here in Lee County have a sheriff more interested in cohorting with legislators (ex-legislators) to look in my medicine cabinet instead of a criminal’s. ND is in the black when NC is looking at a $2.4 billion shortfall. ND is reducing property and state income taxes. NC wants (and Lee County zealots) to INCREASE property taxes.
I agree with this: ND is colder than NC. However, there are enough stiffs running around Lee County enraging parents and kids and declaring “sports is dead” to fire up any place and make it “hot”.