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North Dakota, known for its friendly residents, is the northernmost of the Great Plains states. The western half of the state is hilly and is home to natural resources including lignite coal and crude oil. In the east, the Red River forms the Red River Valley, which holds rich farmland. Agriculture has long dominated the economy and culture of North Dakota.
North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, and a comparatively low cost of living. Though most people do not associate North Dakota with retirement, it can be a great option for those on a budget.
Areas of virtually unpopulated land are well suited for the outdoorsy retiree. The Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea are just a couple of the popular fishing points. Hunting is also popular, with an abundance of everything from upland game birds to big-game species.