Esther, MN

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Esther, MN

About Esther, MN

Esther, Minnesota is a quiet and peaceful town located in the heart of Minnesota. The town is characterized by its small-town charm and beautiful scenery. Residents here enjoy mild weather throughout the year, making it an ideal place to live and raise a family. Life here is simple and laid back; people take their time greeting each other with a friendly smile when they pass by on the street or in the grocery store. There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep everyone entertained such as fishing, hiking, biking, and camping. With a variety of parks and trails nearby, there’s no shortage of places to explore nature. The town also has plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities for residents to take advantage of during their free time. All in all, Esther is a wonderful place to call home! Small town/College town - Extreme eastern North Dakota along Red River, 60 miles south of Canadian border.

State: Minnesota
County: Polk County
Metro Area: Grand Forks Metro Area
City: Esther
Zip Codes: No Zip Codes Here.
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 840 ft above sea level

Grand Forks is located along the U.S. 2 east-west highway corridor at the Minnesota border. It is the home of the University of North Dakota, the state’s oldest and largest institute of higher learning. The downtown area is typically Midwestern with small shops and an assortment of mostly brick commercial buildings. Primary industries are related to the university or agriculture—the Red River Valley location contains some of the most fertile land in the world—and the Grand Forks Air Force Base adds to the economy.

There are some new high tech and research organizations mainly connected with the university. There are a few college-town amenities lying mostly west of town near the campus, but the closest big city is across the border in Winnipeg. Because of its northern Great Plains location and lack of moderating land features, Grand Forks has 50+ days below zero.

Grand Forks and its sister city East Grand Forks, Minnesota, straddle the northward-flowing Red River, which divides North Dakota and Minnesota. The Red River Valley is flat and shallow and subject to frequent spring flooding. The Red River Valley is windswept year-round, with frequent arctic outbreaks common in the winter months. Snow covers the ground from mid-December through late March, yet winters are highly variable. November through February is cloudy 75% of the time. Average winter snowfall is 40 inches.

Summer months are typically warm and humid with frequent thunderstorms. Most precipitation occurs in the late spring through mid-summer thunderstorm season. Annual temperature variations are dramatic, with record lows below –40 degrees and record highs of 110 degrees. First freeze is late September, last is early May

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Esther Cost of Living

Small-town atmosphere, cool summers, and cost of living make Esther a great place to live.

-12.3% lower than avg
+18.3% higher than avg
$886 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-29.6% lower than avg
Esther Crime
11.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Esther
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Cold winters
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