Thompson is a Friendly Oasis in North Dakota's Prairie

Welcome home to the charming city of Thompson, ND, a quiet rural community in the heart of the Red River Valley just south of Grand Forks along I-29. This quiet country town is the perfect place for those searching for the peace and privacy of country living within a short drive of big-city amenities and opportunities. It’s also ideal for those who want to ride or raise horses, breed livestock, or grow crops, thanks to its surrounding fertile farmland and open spaces. If you’re searching for a community that’s peaceful, quiet, and still convenient, then Thompson might be just the place you seek.

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Live, Work & Play


Thompson’s real estate options are primarily resale single-family homes, but there are a number of new construction homes and neighborhoods available in the area, too. Homes also often feature large acreage properties, or even equestrian features or farmland.


Although the area is mostly rural, it does have a few businesses and conveniences within its city limits. However, nearby Grand Forks is literally filled with possibilities! Some of its largest employers include UND, Altru Health, and LM Wind Power.


Find plenty of outdoor recreation in and around Thompson—it’s the perfect community for riding horses. The city’s Southbrook Park also offers a playground, fields, and a rentable shelter. Nearby Grand Forks, however, has a lot to love—shopping, dining, Downtown entertainment, parks, trails, and more.

Thompson at a Glance

Getting Around

Major Roads: I-29, ND-15
Airport: Grand Forks International, 20 minutes
Downtown Grand Forks: 20 min
Distance to Fargo: 68 miles, about an hour
Distance to Duluth: 260 miles, about 4.5 hours


Population: 1,161
County: Grand Forks
Zip Codes: 58278
Median Home Value: $180,700
Median Rent: $544

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The Community Highlights

Want to know what it's really like to live in Thompson? Here's what there is to love about this rural community.

Thompson Public Schools

Local students belong to Thompson Public Schools, an above average district of about 480 students. This small district is divided into just two schools, Thompson Elementary School and Thompson High School. Students of the district have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs and elective classes, from Family and Consumer Science (FACS) to automotive technology, and also benefit from state-of-the-art gym facilities and an array of premium resources at the school library.

Proximity to Grand Forks

Enjoy the small-town charms of life...all while taking advantage of big-city amenities and opportunities just a short drive north on Interstate 29. Just 15 minutes from home, the King’s Walk Golf Course and Grand Forks Country Club offer outstanding game play and a wealth of recreational amenities. And a few minutes further north, the Columbia Mall and Columbia Junction are filled with shopping, dining, and even entertainment.

Beautiful Rural Living

Searching for wide-open fields and soaring blue skies, for quiet roads that stretch for miles, for truly peaceful country living? Thompson is the place to find it. Even in the central business center, the streets are lined in mature trees and lush lawns, and homes are surrounded by plenty of space. And just outside of town, the land opens up into fertile farmland.

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