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 mislead 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 dropping from over $100 per barrel down to $40 per barrel. Many oil field jobs went away, and many of the out of state workers returned to the states where they came from. Once the apartments, manufactured home parks, and trailer parks became less than half occupied, the rents throughout Dickinson decreased greatly.
During the Oil Boom, the people in Dickinson were not friendly, not helpful, and not cooperative. Once the Oil Boom was over, the people in Dickinson became even meaner, in part due to increased competition for fewer jobs, but 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 that 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. Just remain in your hotel, or your home, there isn’t anything to do or anywhere to go anyway, and you will likely be stopped by the Dickinson Police.
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. The Dickinson Police create fake advertisements for attractive women wanting to have sex, and then arrest people when they show up.
You can not safely go out to bars or restaurants in Dickinson at night, because the Dickinson Police try as hard as they can to arrest people for DUI. In Dickinson, the Police are so eager to arrest people for DUI or other charges, that they will follow you and stop you for any reason they can think of. The Dickinson Police are encouraging people to leave Dickinson.
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 and restaurants at night, the restaurants have terrible service, there is not a lot to do, the Police encourage people to leave Dickinson, and it is cold for at least seven months of the year.
The people in Dickinson, and the employers in Dickinson, hate people with an education. The employers in Dickinson would much rather hire someone with several felony convictions, than someone with a college degree. In Dickinson, your supervisors and co-workers will be people convicted of robbery, theft, assault, and drug charges. Perform a Google search and look up your company owners, managers, and personnel on www.ndcourts.gov/publicsearch/default.html before you accept a job with a company in Dickinson.
What do I want? I want the truth to be known. I had thought that Dickinson could change, but it probably won’t. Once the Oil Boom went away, the people in Dickinson became even meaner. I had not realized that the local people in Dickinson had been on their best behavior during the Oil Boom. All I can do now is warn people what Dickinson is like.