I want to beat the Chamber of Commerce in Dickinson, North Dakota. I want to get to you, before they do. I want to tell you the truth, rather than have you listen to lies and bullshit.
The individuals in the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce may not be bad people, but they have a job to do, and that job is to lie to you about Dickinson.
When I first wrote this blog post in November of 2015, the housing prices in Dickinson were very, very high. Extremely high. This was the result of greed, lack of human decency, and stupidity. There was this lie going around that everybody in the oil field was making $100,000 per year. In the five years that I have lived in Dickinson, I have only ever met three people who made over $100,000 per year in the oil field.
The Oil Boom was over in western North Dakota by the end of 2015, due to the price of oil falling from over $100 per barrel down to $40 per barrel. Many oil field jobs went away, and many out of state workers returned to the states where they came from. Once the apartments, manufactured home parks, and trailer parks in Dickinson became less than half occupied, the rents throughout Dickinson dropped greatly.
During the Oil Boom, the people in Dickinson were not friendly, not helpful, and not cooperative. Now that the Oil Boom is over, the people in Dickinson are even meaner, in part due to increased competition for fewer jobs, and also because they want people to leave Dickinson.
The people in Dickinson dislike people who are from someplace else, and they also dislike each other. Anything you say to people in Dickinson will probably make them dislike you more. If you arrive in Dickinson now, you are better off staying away from people. Remain in your hotel, or your home, there isn’t anything to do or anywhere to go anyway.
There is a shortage of women in Dickinson, and a lack of attractive women. The ratio of men to women in Dickinson is probably 3:1. The Dickinson police department try as hard as they can to not allow prostitution in Dickinson, though it is needed.
You can not safely go out to bars in Dickinson at night, because the Dickinson police try as hard as they can to arrest people for DUI. In Dickinson, the police will arrest you for DUI and take you to jail even before you have had a breathalyzer test, and if you are under the legal blood alcohol level, you are still under arrest, are processed into jail, have to post bond, hire an attorney, and go to trial.
In Dickinson, all of the restaurants have employees and servers that don’t like their jobs. All of the restaurant employees think that everyone else is making over $100,000 per year, and they aren’t, and they are mad about it. The servers are disappointed and can’t understand why people don’t spend $50 per meal and leave them a $20 tip, like they all heard about. How are they ever going to make $300 a night at Applebees like they planned?
There is not a lot to do in Dickinson. It is cold and grey from about October through April, at least seven months of cold weather.
The oil field work has been reduced by about 80% over the past several years. Most of the oil field workers who lost their jobs went back to the states where they came from because housing prices were so high here, the people are unfriendly, there is a shortage of women, you can’t go out to bars at night, the restaurants have terrible service, there is not a lot to do, and it is cold for at least seven months of the year.
What do I want? I want the truth to be known. I had thought that Dickinson could change, but once the Oil Boom was over, the local people in Dickinson became ever meaner. I had not realized that the local people in Dickinson were on their best behavior during the Oil Boom. All I can do now is warn people.