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Study: Grand Forks best place in North Dakota to earn rewards


Shoppers in Grand Forks have the greatest opportunity to earn rewards in North Dakota, according to a study from a financial technology company.

Grand Forks earned the top spot from SmartAsset for reward shopping in the state, beating out Bismarck in second and third-place Fargo. Devils Lake took 10th.

The study ranked the best cities in each state based on several factors: number of stores, property crime rate, sales tax rate, credit score and store concentration.

Grand Forks didn’t have the most stores in the state -- with 178 stores, it ranked third behind Fargo and Bismarck, respectively. But it had the highest rewards shopping index in the state, which was calculated by weighing each category, according to SmartAsset.

The credit score for all cities listed in North Dakota was 698, and it lists Grand Forks as having a 7 percent sales tax. Grand Forks’ sales tax is 6.75 percent, but that will increase to 7.25 percent on April 1 after voters approved half-cent jump in November.

The top ranking city in the U.S. was Lancaster, Pa., according to SmartAsset.

All of the top cities for Minnesota were placed in the Twin Cities area, with Falcon Heights, Minn., taking first.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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