Welcome to Minot, the “Magic City”

Minot is the “Magic City” where all your dreams can come true! Well, that is at least what the locals tell us! Founded two years before North Dakota became a state in 1889, Minot was shaped by the construction of the Railroads, the Great Western Migration, the Homestead Act, and the Cold War. Minot is Western North Dakota’s largest hub, and some even dub it the “Gateway to the Bakken.”


Located in Ward County, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and home to Minot Air Force Base. With many diversified industries, residents come from around the world to live, work and play in the community. The US Census Bureau estimates that Minot’s population in 2017 was 47,822, and holding steady. The Magic City is the home to the world famous Scandinavian Hostfest, America’s largest Nordic festival. It’s also home to Minot State University, the third largest state university in North Dakota, and the largest airport in the state–Minot International Airport. The city also boasts the largest distribution hub between Seattle and Chicago, with two Class 1 railroads, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Canadian Pacific.

Living in Minot, North Dakota

Minot, and North Dakota for that matter, is a terrific place to rent an apartment, townhome, or single family home. For those looking to live in north central North Dakota, there are many Minot rentals to choose from. Most people don’t know that the city is actually located near the geographic center of North America, where three major highways meet: US Hwy 3, US Hwy 2, and US Hwy 52. So with some quick geography trivia, you can live in the center of everything! The state experienced a major housing boom over the past 5 years, and as a result there are many new units in the rental market.

While there are plenty of new buildings to choose from, rental prices are still quite reasonable, with the median rent for a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment still below $800. However, Minot’s diverse industries allow a variety of rental options to choose from, so there’s everything from low-cost studio apartments to high-end rental homes available. You’ll find pet-friendly apartments for rent in Minot alongside beautiful townhomes with lots of amenities.


One of the benefits of renting in Minot is the rental prices have fallen over the past few years and are now very affordable. The downside is that rental companies have to compete to find quality renters and sometimes make very poor choices so it is very important to pick the right management company who pre-screens applicants and maintains high quality standards for their rental communities and maintains the rental units properly. We recommend not just considering rental price when you live in Minot. Be careful and do the research on your next apartment, rental home or property manager before entering into a lease.


At Orange Property Management we pride ourselves on providing an amazing living experience for our residents and excellent customer service. We rarely have vacancies, and when we do we are selective when considering our residents. Most of our tenants considered many other Minot rentals, but decided to choose Orange Property Management because of our dedication to customer service and technology that includes online rent payments and service requests that make life easy.

Things To Do in Minot

With the Minot Air Force Base nearby, a major university in the middle of the city, and strong energy, agriculture, UAS, and distribution industries, Minot offers a little something for everybody, from the family-friendly zoo to drag racing and railroad museums. We’ve included a few places you won’t want to miss, no matter if you’re relocating to Minot or if you’ve lived there a lifetime. Quality of life is important to making your city a home!

Roosevelt Park & Roosevelt Park Zoo

Minot has several parks perfect for an afternoon of fun and entertainment. From biking or hiking to swimming or picnicking, there’s a park for you. Roosevelt Park has tons of great activities for individuals or the whole family. Features at Roosevelt Park include a swimming pool, sand volleyball, picnic shelters, band shelter, tennis courts, fishing docks, and a playground. Kids can even ride on the Magic City Express, a kid-sized train that runs around the park. Roosevelt Park Zoo is also located at the park, and is open even during the winter. The Zoo has lots of activities for people of all ages, including Christmas at the Zoo and the Adult Ed-Venture Series.

Scandianvian Heritage Park

The Scandianvian Heritage Park, located at 1020 South Broadway in Minot, pays homage to the area’s Scandinavian roots and culture of five countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. You can find “remembrances and replicas” from each of the five countries, such as a Stabbur replica from Telemark, Norway, a full-scale replica of a Stave Church, and a 25-foot tall Swedish Dala Horse. The park is open year round, but some of the buildings are not heated during the winter months.

Maysa Arena

The Maysa Arena began as a simple additional indoor skating rink for the Minot community. Now, the arena is the third largest ice arena in North Dakota, just behind the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks and the Scheels Arena in Fargo. The arena hosts local and regional tournaments for youth, high school, and college teams. Plus–there’s open skating for anyone who just wants to skate for only $4 plus skate rental. Now, the facility serves the entire community with tons of skating opportunities for local residents and visitors.

Dakota Territory Air Museum

Founded in June of 1986, the Dakota Territory Air Museum displays vintage and military aircraft. The museum is dedicated to telling and showing the rich and varied story of the Minot region’s aviation history. The muesum not only holds tons of unique aircraft on display, but also boasts the Minot Airport Beacon, still operational, which guided pilots in the Minot area from 1943 until 1993. There are also several Minot Fire Department trucks from the 1920s and 1930s on display. It’s definitely worth a stop if you haven’t been there yet!

North Dakota State Fair Event Center

Every July, for ten glorious days, Minot hosts the North Dakota State Fair. The North Dakota State Fair Event Center, however, is open all year and contains over 250,000 square feet of display space and support areas. The center is used for more than just State Fair planning and events. It’s home to events, conventions, and the All Seasons Arena. Been to an indoor rodeo? You can go to one here! Or use the ice rink for skate parties, or host a wedding reception or other event. You can also attend one of the facility’s main attraction events yearly, such as the Norsk Hostfest (the largest Scandinavian festival in North America), the Home & Garden Show, Great Tomato Festival, The Big One Craft Fair, Flea Market, Ribfest, or even join the Minot Curling Club. The Magic City International Dragway and the Nodak Speedway are also part of the ND State Fair Event Center.