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Old 01-17-2013, 08:33 AM
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North Dakota Oil field area has so many jobs they are paying over 20 dollars an hour just to work at any fast food restaurant.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:35 PM
Location: Minot, ND
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North Dakota's oil fields are frequently recommended on these forums. As a resident, I would recommend that advice be taken with a grain of salt. Most of my friends have moved on to Minneapolis, and my household is relocating to Denver in the summer.

The cost of living was low here. Past tense. Fast food restaurants in Williston are paying $20/hour, but you're going to feel that when you want a Big Mac. I live two hours away, and housing costs have more than tripled in my town in the past three years. You can find something under 1K/month, but you'll either have roommates or carpet that smells like urine. Compare your expected salary to the housing costs before you move, to ensure you aren't making a bad decision. Look for jobs in the oil industry or employment that comes with housing (my town is building an apartment complex/grocery store, and grocery employees get a substantial rent discount), and be aware that housing is scarce.

Again, I live two hours away from the rigs, but there are people living in the local Wal-Mart parking lot. It's January. -20F during the last cold snap, -50 windchill, and people are living in campers. A couple of my coworkers are living in their cars. One of them ripped the skirting off a mobile home and crawled underneath to get through a particularly cold night, and while these might sound like bums who've gotten themselves into poor situations, they're just ordinary guys who heard the job market was awesome up here. One of them came from South Dakota, hoping to support a wife and child back home. So far, he can't even support himself and he's putting in 60 hours/week.

Also, keep in mind that you're moving into rural communities that have seen a lot of rapid growth. Williston has more than doubled in a short amount of time. You'll encounter hostility from some of the locals, and a lot of upturned noses. Out of staters have a reputation for coming and going, so your neighbors may seem cold, even if they don't have a problem with "outsiders". The flip side to this is, a lot of the people moving out here are undesirable. Be aware that you will encounter large groups of men carrying on vulgar conversations when you take your girlfriend out to dinner. The political atmosphere leans conservative, even for a Republican state. There's a lot of racism, sexism and intolerance, from locals and out of staters alike, so that may be something to consider if you want to bring your family.

Not trying to be a deterrent, just providing information so (hopefully) less people come up here unprepared and end up homeless and miserable through the winter!
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:35 PM
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^^ mentioning conservatives and republicans followed by various forms of bigotry... liberals are no better with any of that, don't worry. The liberal places I've lived tend to be just as intolerant, if not more so, than the others. It is a human nature problem, not a political one.
No doubt there are problems with North Dakota. If a person needs a job desperately, that seems like their best bet on a nationwide basis. Just be informed of what you're getting into.
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