North Dakota Facts


North Dakota Location In The US North Dakota State Map

North Dakota is known for:

  • Scenic landscape
  • Oil and gas production
  • Largest producer of honey
  • Native American culture

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 PointWhite Butte, 3,508 feet
Tallest Building North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck, 242 feet
Largest StadiumFargodome in Fargo, capacity 18,700
National ParksTheodore Roosevelt National Park
State Population (2020)779,094
State Population Density11.3 people / square mile
Area Codes 701
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Fargo (125,209)
Bismarck (74,018)
Grand Forks (55,950)
Minot (47,428)
West Fargo (38,194)

Government & Legislature

Statehood November 2, 1889
Electoral Votes3
State Flag North Dakota State Flag
GovernorOfficial North Dakota Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From North Dakota
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From North Dakota
State SenatorsList of North Dakota State Senators
State Assembly MembersList of North Dakota State Assembly House Members
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionNorth Dakota State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateJune 26, 2015
Road ConditionsNorth Dakota Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date August 28, 2006

State Symbols

Hononary State EquineNokota horse
State BeverageMilk
State Bird Western meadowlark
State DanceSquare dance
State FishNorthern pike
State Flower Wild prairie rose
State FossilTeredo petrified wood
State FruitChokeberry
State GrassWestern wheatgrass
State InsectLadybug
State MarchFlickertail 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

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in North Dakota. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Fargo Film Festival March Fargo
North Dakota Winter Show March Valley City
Medora Musical June to September Medora
Downtown Fargo Street Fair July Fargo
North Dakota State Fair July Minot
North Dakota Chokecherry Festival August Williston
Red River Valley Fair July West Fargo
Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally and Kite Festival September Medora
Norsk Høstfest September Minot
United Tribes International Powwow September Bismarck
Dickens Village Festival November to December Dickens Village Festival

Popular Iconic North Dakota Foods

North Dakota is famous for the following foods:

  • Knoephla
  • Fleischkuekle
  • Hotdish
  • Kuchen
  • Lefse
  • Cheese Buttons
  • Lutefisk
  • Chippers (regional potato chips)

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.

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