The Corner

North Dakota Leaps Up State Millionaire Rankings

North Dakota’s oil production is booming — and it’s minting millionaires.

Over the last year, North Dakota climbed more than any other state in terms of share of households that are millionaires, skyrocketing 14 spots: The state is now ranked 29th in the country, according to Phoenix Marketing International’s rankings. One spot ahead of Florida and behind Wisconsin, North Dakota was the only state to see its share of millionaires increase by more than 0.5 percentage points.

“It’s a little rare to see a state jump like North Dakota did,” said the firm’s managing director. According to the rankings, 4.59 percent of the state’s households are worth more than $1 million.

Analysts credit the jump to the state’s oil boom and the corresponding increase in land values in the state, particularly for farmers who are selling their land. But as one local chamber-of-commerce president told the Wall Street Journal, North Dakotans aren’t the types to show off their newfound wealth.

“The only way you know a Bakken [oil patch] millionaire is he’ll be driving a new truck and might have taken his wife on vacation,” he said.

Most Popular

Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Science & Tech

Set NASA Free

The Trump administration has proposed shifting the International Space Station from a NASA-exclusive research facility to a semi-public, semi-private one. Its plan would nix all government funding for the ISS by 2025 and award at least $150 million per year to NASA to help with the transition. This would be a ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More