Why Not Minot is a saying that's original intent was to guide people as to how to pronounce the name of our fair City. The number of ways people come up with to mispronounce those five letters that spell our name is amazing. No, we don't live in Minoooow.
Let me be up front, most residents didn't set out to move here from distant lands because it was their hearts desire to do so.
Over the years thousands have moved here because the United States Air Force gave them orders to do so. Over the past decade thousands moved here because of the booming economy brought on by oil exploration and extraction. And of course many moved here because the person they love lives here.
Much of Minot's population came here kicking and screaming because they were assigned to live here, not by their own choice. HOWEVER thousands have stayed over the years because once they got over the initial culture shock they found Minot to be their "Magic Place". Minot is also know as "The Magic City".
In the early 2000's when much of the nation was in the economic dumpster North Dakota was booming with great high paying jobs related to the oil field. Many of the men and women who came here to save their families financially also found that Minot and Western North Dakota was "magic" to them and they have stayed here to raise their families.
FAMILY, is the biggest key as to why people love and stay in Minot once they land here for what ever reason.
I was one of those who had no desire to move here but my children's only living grandparents lived here. I felt I could sacrifice another couple of years of my life so that Tina and Timmothy could get to know Grandpa and Grandma. But then it happened... no more grandparents... and I stayed. It just seemed to me that no matter where we went (on trips/vacation) no place compared to Minot ND.
Minot offers culture. With the Air Force Base right out our door I'd say Minot has the most diverse population in the State of North Dakota. While the majority of the population traces it's roots to Scandinavian and German cultures (we have the largest Scandinavian festival in America to prove it) many other cultures share in our community.
While we have little to brag about when it comes to shopping and dinning we can brag about the arts here for our size of community. Our University and the many cultures here all add up to a vibrant arts community.
So what about the weather. It's often the biggest complaint about Minot yet few here would put up with less then 4 seasons. In fact, many homes I sold were to people escaping hot climates for ours just for that reason. Sportsman and women love the hunting and fishing our area has to offer.
Our housing is affordable with the average home being valued in the $225,000 range and a history of fewer than six homes that I've ever known of to sell for more than one million dollars.
Crime is low now that the oil boom is over and most of the drug dealers and prostitutes moved back South and West. Neighbors are friendly and love to talk to each other. You can see the stars at night and you never choke on the air, ever.
Minot is a GREAT place to live and it's really for just one reason, the people. The perks of Minot are roughly 50,000, our population.
Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS for the challenge as to what are the perks of living in our community. Check out Jeff's post and read why others feel you should live in their community today by clicking HERE.