Let's start with the weather. In a word, the winters are COLD. But, if you like cold, Bismarck has a lot to offer. And, if you currently live in ND and are just looking for a new retirement spot, then you already have come to terms with the cold winters…or maybe like them. Bismarck is the capital of ND and a pretty thriving little city. Not really near anything else but does have good access to healthcare and jobs. If you like the outdoors like hunting and fishing and walking an biking then there is a lot here for you. But conversely, the city of Bismarck also has a fair share of restaurants and shopping to keep you busy. Enjoying North Dakota’s oil boom, the capital region has seen service-sector growth. Low unemployment and robust economic opportunity bode well for encore careers. Lack of specialty care hospitals dents the appeal.