Via Lindsey Gee
Photo by Lindsey Gee.

The fossil fuels boom has brought jobs to North Dakota. And several other things!

Like much higher rents.

[School superintendent Kelly] Koppinger said every new teacher he’s tried to recruit asks about housing. Most can’t afford it. There’s a new apartment building across from the high school, but it’s too expensive.

“Right now for a two-bedroom, one-bath you’re looking at $1,800-a-month rent,” he said. “A teacher’s take home pay is right around that $2,000 mark and for them to spend $1,800 a month on just rent, we couldn’t recruit or retain some of the staff we did have, so we needed to get it to where housing was somewhat affordable.”