Bismarck, Mandan, and Lincoln are home to about 100,000 people. Every one of those 100,000 has a reason why they choose to live here. Some were born and raised here, some moved away and came back, and some are transplants from other parts of the country or even world. Each person has a unique story about why they chose to stay here. One thing all 100,000 of us have in common is that we live, work, and play in this small town, growing city.
We chose a few local people why they chose Bismarck, here are their stories:
Originally from Walla Walla, Washington, small town in the southeastern part of the state, best known for its sweet onions & award winning wineries.
Janelle moved to North Dakota at the age of 18 when she decided to go to the University of Mary. After finishing school in 3 years she realized she wasn’t ready to leave Bismarck. “The University gave me a sense of community and the north dakotan hospitality.
I chose to stay in Bismarck because of the people, and my purpose. Place attachment is crucial to our well-being. I had to develop a brand new social network, and it means more to me because I built it from scratch.”