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The Fate Of Workers & People Relocating To Dickinson, Illustrated By Some Statistics

Here are some brief statistics on what working and relocating to Dickinson, North Dakota is like.  I have compiled some numbers from the places that I have worked in Dickinson.  I show the number of people employed at each company while I was working there, the number of these people that I worked with who remain in Dickinson to this day, and the number of these people who were severely injured, having a lifelong injury:

1) At my first job in in Dickinson in 2011:

Total co-workers = 10, Number of these people still in Dickinson = 3, Severely injured = 4

2) At my second job in Dickinson in 2011:

Total co-workers = 8, Number of these people still in Dickinson = 3, Severely injured = 3

 

3) At my third job in Dickinson in 2013:

Total co-workers = 10, Number of these people still in Dickinson = 0, Severely injured = 0

4) At my fourth job in Dickinson on in 2013:

Total co-workers = 13, Number of these people still in Dickinosn = 3, Severely injured = 1

 

5) At my fifth job in Dickinson in 2014:

Total co-workers = 10, Number of these people still in Dickinson = 7, Severely injured = 0

 

To summarize and point out something important, since 2011, I have worked with 51 co-workers in Dickinson, 35 of these co-workers have moved away from Dickinson (the majority of them leaving the state), and only 16 of these co-workers have remained in Dickinson. In other words, 69% of the people that I worked with in Dickinson in the past five years have moved away!  (The majority of them leaving the state.)

The Chamber of Commerce in Dickinson, North Dakota would never publicize or tell anyone considering moving to Dickinson, North Dakota, that 69% of the people that come to work in Dickinson will leave within five years!

16% of the people that I worked with in the past five years in Dickinson were severely injured.

10% of the people that I worked with in the past five years in Dickinson were arrested and convicted of DUI, that I know of.

At the first two companies that I worked for in Dickinson in 2011, nearly 50% of the workers were severely injured.  I was nearly severely injured or killed at these two companies many times.

Yes, I made more money here in Dickinson than I would have where my home is in Idaho.  Most of my blog posts describe and explain what living in Dickinson, North Dakota is like: unfriendly, uncooperative, hostile, shortage of women, lack of attractive women, bad service everywhere, extremely high rent, extremely aggressive DUI enforcement, police placing advertisements for prostitutes, nothing to do, and very controlled for many years in not letting anyone get ahead.

Feel free to go ahead and think, ask, or say, “Well, if you hate it so much why do you stay?”  I evaluate living in Dickinson, every day, several times a day.  Just about every minute of every day, I wish that I were some place else.  I think about what the economy is like everywhere that I have been, and everywhere that I can think of.  I haven’t used my home and automobiles in Idaho for five years, I would like to be there, it is a nice environment, there are many enjoyable things to do, the people are fairly pleasant, and it is not difficult to date healthy attractive women.  I am here in Dickinson because it is easier to make money, though it is harder to live.  In order to try to make a home and a living here in Dickinson, I have four trucks, equipment, trailers, motorcycles, mountain bikes, kayaks, and all kinds of stuff here.  But is sucks so bad here in Dickinson, that I look at internet job sites to see if I could get a job in Salt Lake City or Boise and make a little bit more money than what it costs to live in a hotel room.

Economy in Dickinson, March 2016

I will try to give a brief look at the Economy in Dickinson, in March 2016, using people that I know as examples.

I was making very little money working two jobs in Dickinson this winter, so I got a third job working in Watford City.  I was very lucky to get this job, jobs are scarce.

A friend of mine in Dickinson that I have known for two years, this winter was the poorest and most financially desperate he has been in the past eight years.  I got him a job working with me in Watford City.  He was very lucky to get this job, jobs are scarce.

A friend of mine in Dickinson that I have known since 2011, who has a CDL and does construction work, he became completely broke and had to return to Wyoming in November of 2015.  He could not get another job in Dickinson.

A college educated friend of mine who has lived in Dickinson since 2008, he left Dickinson in December of 2015, due to lack of professional work prospects.

An electrician who I have known in Dickinson since 2013, he had been doing well financially in 2014 and 2015, now he is very nearly broke.  Not a lot of work prospects for him.

At the Church that I was going to, there are three truck drivers, each with a wife and kids.  One truck driver had lost his job in October and has not been able to get another one.  A second truck driver has been expecting to lose his job any day now for the past two months, the company he is working for is going out of business.  About 5% of the Church members have left the state since October due to lack of work.

A friend of mine who I have known since 2011, co-founded a trucking company in Dickinson in 2012.  His trucking company went out of business by the end of 2014.  He has been broke since the Spring of 2015.

To date, the only oil field worker that I have ever met, that I know now, who is not broke or nearly broke, is a wireline operator whose wife is a nurse.  He and his wife own moderate vehicles, and they live in an older townhouse.  He has been out of work for nine months, but his wife is still employed as a nurse.