Grand Forks Air Force Base
319th Air Base Wing
Steen Blvd Front Gate, Grand Forks, ND 58205
In Grand Forks, the summers are long and warm; the winters are frigid, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -0°F to 82°F and is rarely below -21°F or above 90°F.
The warm season lasts for 4.1 months, from May 16 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 68°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 82°F and low of 59°F. The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 26 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 29°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of -0°F and high of 16°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from May 2 to September 16, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on June 20. The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from September 16 to May 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on January 24.
Cost of Living
The cost of living index in Grand Forks, ND is 97, which is equal to the average in North Dakota and 3% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Grand Forks, ND the city’s goods and services are 2% lower than the North Dakota average and equal to the U.S. average.
Getting to Know the Area
Grand Forks Air Force Base is in Grand Forks County, North Dakota, approximately 16 miles west of the city of Grand Forks. The city sits on the Minnesota border, across from its sister city of East Grand Forks. Along the Red River, the Greenway is a system of waterfront parks and trails. Lincoln Drive Park has gardens and multi-use trails. The North Dakota Museum of Art displays contemporary works from around the world. Performances at the Empire Arts Center include drama and musicals.
Grand Forks AFB is located in the Heart of the Red River Valley at the junction of the Red Lake River and the Red River of the North. The Grand Forks area has 43 miles of biking, hiking and inline skating trails as well as a great mix of sporting events, and an energetic arts scene. The Rural Bicycle Loop is a 100-mile paved route beginning and ending in Grand Forks, including Highway 2 and the cities of Mekinock, Emerado and Mayville. The North Star Trail, planted in the thick woods of Turtle River State Park, is a 10-mile scenic loop that combines rolling hills, flatlands and stream crossings. Grand Forks AFB is also home to Grand Sky, America’s first commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) business and aviation park.
The quality of life in this community has been ranked by Money Magazine as one of the top communities in the nation. According to Bankrate’s rankings, which equally weighted weather, cost of living, crime, quality of health care, state and local taxes and general well-being, North Dakota scored in the top 5 (ranked 4th) in the country for best states for retirees. Plus, its residents report the highest level of general well-being in the country. In addition to the thousands of career opportunities available, North Dakotans enjoy an excellent quality of life. North Dakota offers family-friendly communities, great schools, arts, entertainment and retail options, world-class outdoor recreation opportunities and the lowest commute time in the country.