Bismarck, North Dakota bears all the marks of a great place to live: a thriving economy, affordable cost of living, recreation opportunities, public safety, and strong education system. The city nearly made it into Money magazine's 'Best Places to Live' index. North Dakota's capital and second largest city prides itself on its 'Dakota spirit'--a tribute to the state's Native American and frontier heritage and the rugged beauty of the land. Students of Bismarck's colleges and universities enjoy the great outdoors year-round, with plenty of opportunities for biking, fishing, and skiing.
Bismarck serves as a locus for North Dakota's colleges and universities. The largest is University of Mary, a Catholic-affiliated private university. Bismarck also counts Bismarck State College, a two-year public school, among its colleges and universities. Part of the North Dakota University System, Bismarck State College features unique specialties in energy education such as Ethanol Training. Several technical schools round out Bismarck's higher education scene.