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North Dakota Facts

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North Dakota Location In The US North Dakota State Map

This page contains a wealth of information on the state of North Dakota. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:



Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation ND
State Capital Bismarck
State Size Total (Land + Water): 70,700 sq miles; Land Only: 68,976 sq miles
Number of Counties 53
Time Zone Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota
Highest Point White Butte, 3,508 feet
National Parks Theodore Roosevelt National Park
State Population (2015) 756,927
State Population Density 11.0 people / square mile
Area Codes 701
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Fargo (105,549) 
Bismarck (61,272) 
Grand Forks (52,838) 
Minot (40,888) 
West Fargo (25,830)

Government & Legislature

Statehood November 2, 1889
Electoral Votes 3
State Flag North Dakota State Flag
Governor Official North Dakota Governor Website
U. S. Senators List of U. S. Senators From North Dakota
U. S. Representatives List of U. S. Representatives From North Dakota
State Senators List of North Dakota State Senators
State Assembly Members List of North Dakota State Assembly House Members
State Government Official Site
State Constitution North Dakota State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Date June 26, 2015
Road Conditions North Dakota Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date August 28, 2006

State Symbols

Hononary State Equine Nokota horse
State Beverage Milk
State Bird Western meadowlark
State Dance Square dance
State Fish Northern pike
State Flower Wild prairie rose
State Fossil Teredo petrified wood
State Fruit Chokeberry
State Grass Western wheatgrass
State Insect Ladybug
State March Flickertail March
State Motto Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable
State Nickname Sioux State; Flickertail State; Peace Garden State; Rough Rider State
State Song "North Dakota Hymn"
State Tree American elm

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools University of North Dakota (Big Sky) 
North Dakota State University (The Summit League)

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In North Dakota

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Leslie Bibb
  • Angie Dickinson
  • Josh Duhamel

North Dakota Fun Facts

  • Dakota is the Sioux word for "friend" or "ally." The Dakota Territory was divided into North Dakota and South Dakota on November 2, 1889.
  • The geographical center of North America is in Rugby, North Dakota.
  • North Dakota holds the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place. On February 17, 2007, 8,962 people made snow angels at the state capitol grounds.
  • In North Dakota, it is legal to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon.
  • North Dakota is the only state in the country with a state-owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota.
  • North Dakota’s Jamestown, also known as Buffalo City, houses the “World’s Largest Buffalo.” The statue is 26 feet tall and 46 feet long.
  • North Dakota’s state capitol is 242 feet high. It is the tallest building in North Dakota.
  • North Dakota is the coldest state in the contiguous United States.
  • North Dakota is one of two states with an official State March: Flickertail March.

This page was last updated on October 01, 2017.

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