North Dakota, US

North Dakota: State of the United States of America


North Dakota covers 70,762 square miles, spanning rolling plains, prairie lands, and badlands. The Red River flows northward and forms North Dakota's border with Minnesota. The state has a true continental climate with extremely cold winters and hot summers.

Economy and Industries

North Dakota's economy relies heavily on agriculture, energy production, and technology. It leads the nation in the production of spring wheat, barley, sunflowers, and dry edible beans. The state has massive oil and natural gas reserves.

Growing tech industries include drones, healthcare IT, and computer programming. Major employers include Sanford Health, Microsoft, and Amazon. Tourism highlights include national parks and the rugged Badlands.

Culture and Demographics

North Dakota has approximately 760,000 residents. The top ethnic groups are German, Norwegian, and Swedish ancestry. The culture reflects traditional Midwest values along with Scandinavian and German heritage.

Education and Sports

The only Division I university is North Dakota State, whose football team has won 9 FCS championships. The NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves host games in Fargo. Ice hockey is popular within the community.

Government and Politics

The capital is Bismarck and the largest city is Fargo. The current governor is Doug Burgum, Republican. North Dakota is a conservative state that has voted Republican in presidential elections since 1968.


In summary, North Dakota is an agricultural and energy production powerhouse located in the Great Plains. It has extreme climates and citizens proud of their Midwestern values and European roots. Unique natural landmarks attract visitors to this sparsely populated state.

North Dakota locator map
Location of North Dakota

Quick Facts about North Dakota

Population : 765,309
Country : United States of America
Head of government : Governor of North Dakota
Area : 183108 km2
Water as percent of area : 2.4%
Land as percent of area : 97.6%
Easternmost point : Point(-96.55455 46.083977)
Legislative body : North Dakota Legislative Assembly
Named for : Dakota people
Official language : English
Altitude : 1,903 feet / 580 meters
Capital : Bismarck
Establishment : November 11, 1889 (134 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−06:00, America/Chicago, Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Local time : 02:43:39 (22nd May 2024)
NorthDakota-StateSeal seal image
NorthDakota-StateSeal seal image


North Dakota is located at 47°30'1"N 100°0'2"W (47.5002700, -100.0006800). It has 6 neighbors: Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan.

North Dakota map

The largest city of North Dakota is Bismarck with a population of 74,018. Other cities include, Minot population 47,428, West Fargo population 38,194, Dickinson population 23,527 and Jamestown population 14,930. See all North Dakota cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in North Dakota (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in North Dakota.

City Name Title County Population
Bismarck The capital of North Dakota. Burleigh 74,018
Minot The most populous city in Ward County, North Dakota. Ward 47,428
West Fargo City in North Dakota, United States of America Cass 38,194
Dickinson City in North Dakota Stark 23,527
Jamestown City in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States Stutsman 14,930
Watford City City in McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States of America McKenzie 7,835
Wahpeton City in North Dakota, United States Richland 7,728
Devils Lake City in North Dakota, United States of America Ramsey 7,229
Valley City City in North Dakota Barnes 6,323
Horace City in Cass County, North Dakota, United States Cass 3,128
Beulah City in Mercer County, North Dakota, United States Mercer 3,128
Stanley City in North Dakota Mountrail 2,708
New Town Quarter in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic Mountrail 2,592
Rugby City North Dakota, US Pierce 2,566
Mekinock Township in Grand Forks County, North Dakota Grand Forks 2,387
Hazen City in North Dakota, USA Mercer 2,332

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  • George F. Shafer , 31 December, 1932 1929-01-09T00:00:00Z
  • Ole H. Olson , 7 January, 1935 1934-06-21T00:00:00Z
  • Jack Dalrymple , 15 December, 2016 2010-12-07T00:00:00Z
  • L. B. Hanna , 3 January, 1917 1913-01-08T00:00:00Z
  • Frank A. Briggs , 9 August, 1898 1897-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • Andrew H. Burke , 3 January, 1893 1891-01-07T00:00:00Z
  • William Langer , 21 June, 1934 1932-12-31T00:00:00Z
  • William Langer , 5 January, 1939 1934-06-21T00:00:00Z
  • Eli C. D. Shortridge , 10 January, 1895 1893-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • Arthur G. Sorlie , 28 August, 1928 1925-01-07T00:00:00Z
  • Clarence Norman Brunsdale , 9 January, 1957 1951-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • George Sinner , 15 December, 1992 1985-01-01T00:00:00Z
  • John Hoeven , 7 December, 2010 2000-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • Frank White , 4 January, 1905 1901-01-10T00:00:00Z
  • Frederick B. Fancher , 10 January, 1901 1899-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • Ed Schafer , 15 December, 2000 1992-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • William L. Guy , 2 January, 1973 1961-01-04T00:00:00Z
  • Ragnvald A. Nestos , 7 January, 1925 1921-11-23T00:00:00Z
  • Fred G. Aandahl , 3 January, 1951 1945-01-04T00:00:00Z
  • John E. Davis , 4 January, 1961 1957-01-09T00:00:00Z
  • Walter Welford , 6 January, 1937 1935-02-02T00:00:00Z
  • Elmore Y. Sarles , 9 January, 1907 1905-01-04T00:00:00Z
  • Allen I. Olson , 1985 1981-01-06T00:00:00Z
  • Lynn Frazier , 23 November, 1921 1917-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • Doug Burgum , 2016-12-15T00:00:00Z
  • John Burke , 8 January, 1913 1907-01-09T00:00:00Z
  • Joseph M. Devine , 3 January, 1899 1898-08-09T00:00:00Z
  • Walter Maddock , 9 January, 1929 1928-08-28T00:00:00Z
  • John Miller , 7 January, 1891 1889-11-20T00:00:00Z
  • Roger Allin , 6 January, 1897 1895-01-10T00:00:00Z
  • John Moses , 4 January, 1945 1939-01-05T00:00:00Z
  • Thomas H. Moodie , 2 February, 1935 1935-01-07T00:00:00Z
  • Arthur A. Link , 6 January, 1981 1973-01-02T00:00:00Z

North Dakota has 6 neighbours.

  • McKenzie County
  • Adams County
  • Richland County
  • Stark County
  • Traill County
  • Williams County
  • Sargent County
  • Sheridan County
  • Mountrail County
  • Rolette County
  • Hettinger County
  • Renville County
  • Morton County
  • Cavalier County
  • McIntosh County
  • Pembina County
  • Golden Valley County
  • Bowman County
  • Stutsman County
  • Bottineau County
  • Griggs County
  • Logan County
  • Ramsey County
  • Ward County
  • Burke County
  • Eddy County
  • Nelson County
  • Pierce County
  • Dickey County
  • Billings County
  • Emmons County
  • Cass County
  • Dunn County
  • Oliver County
  • LaMoure County
  • Towner County
  • Sioux County
  • Grand Forks County
  • Barnes County
  • Kidder County
  • Wells County
  • McHenry County
  • McLean County
  • Grant County
  • Benson County
  • Mercer County
  • Foster County
  • Burleigh County
  • Steele County
  • Divide County
  • Walsh County
  • Ransom County
  • Slope County


Year Population % Change Method
1910 577,056 - census
1920 646,872 10.79% census
1930 680,845 4.99% census
1940 641,935 -6.06% census
1950 619,636 -3.6% census
1960 632,446 2.03% census
1970 617,761 -2.38% census
1980 652,717 5.36% census
1990 638,800 -2.18% census
2000 642,200 0.53% census
2010 672,591 4.52% census
2011 685,225 1.84% estimation process
2012 701,176 2.27% estimation process
2013 722,036 2.89% estimation process
2014 737,401 2.08% estimation process
2015 754,066 2.21% estimation process
2016 754,434 0.05% estimation process
2017 754,942 0.07% estimation process
2018 758,080 0.41% estimation process
2019 762,062 0.52% estimation process
2020 765,309 0.42% estimation process

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People born in North Dakota (69)

People born in North Dakota, including actress Ann Sothern, Canadian track and field athlete Ethel Catherwood, composer James Ployhar, .


North Dakota Counties (more)

Cass County
Cass County

Cass County, county in Minnesota, United States

Burleigh County
Burleigh County

Burleigh County, county in North Dakota, United States

Grand Forks County
Grand Forks County

Grand Forks County, county in North Dakota, United States

County Name Population
Cass County 183,904
Burleigh County 96,212
Grand Forks County 69,481
Ward County 68,466
Williams County 38,700
Stark County 32,107
Morton County 31,503
Stutsman County 20,498
Richland County 16,156
McKenzie County 15,242
Rolette County 14,165
Ramsey County 11,388
Mountrail County 10,502
Walsh County 10,437
Barnes County 10,402
McLean County 9,416

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