North Dakota

North Dakota (English: North Dakota [ˌ nɔrθ dəkoʊtə]) is a state in the north-central part of the USA, one of the so-called “states of the Northwest Center”. The population is 632.7 thousand people (47th place among the states; 2007 data; 0.21% of the US population). 50.1% of them are women, 49.9% are men. Ethnic composition: Germans — 43.9%, Norwegians — 30.1%, Irish — 7.7%, Indians — 5%, Swedes — 5%. The average number of family members is 3.

The capital is Bismarck. The largest city is Fargo, other large cities are Grand Forks, Mynat.

Official nicknames are “Flickertail State”, “Sioux State”. Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Famous people

  • Josh Duhamel

Fargo (North Dakota)

Place in the United States
Location of Fargo in North Dakota
Location of North Dakota in the US
County Cass County
Type of place City
State North Dakota
Coordinates 46° 52′ N, 96° 49′ W
Surface 98.3 km²
– country 98.3 km²
– water 0.0 km²
Height 274 m
FIPS code 25700

According to COUNTRYAAH, Fargo is the largest city (city) in the Midwestern United States state of North Dakota, and is the county seat of Cass County. It’s not the capital of North Dakota, that’s Bismarck. The city takes its name from the entrepreneur William George Fargo, co-founder of American Express.


In the 2000 census, the population was set at 90,599. This makes Fargo the largest city in North Dakota. In 2006, the United States Census Bureau estimated the population at 90,056, a decrease of 543 (-0.6%). Fargo, together with West Fargo and Moorhead (Minnesota), forms the Fargo-Moorhead conurbation. In 2008, 195,685 people lived in this metropolitan area (estimated).


Fargo is located on the Red River of the North, in the Red River Valley. The river here forms the border with the state of Minnesota.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the place occupies an area of ​​98.3 km², consisting entirely of land.


Fargo has a very diverse and robust economy. Agricultural companies have traditionally played an important role. Green Eco Mobility, a subsidiary of Chrysler, produces cars. Microsoft and Intelligent InSites also have offices in Fargo. In addition, the place benefits from the nearby oil fields. North Dakota State University is also a major contributor to Fargo’s economy.


Interstate 29 and Interstate 94 intersect in Fargo. It is a crossroads of several railway lines of the BNSF Railway.

Fargo is also home to the largest airport in North Dakota, Hector International Airport.


  • Bobby Vee (1943–2016), pop singer
  • David Lee Thompson (1951), visual artist and poet
  • Jennifer Baumgardner (1970), author and feminist
  • Timm Sharp (1978), actor
  • Charlie Korsmo (1978), actor
  • Jonny Lang (1981), blues and gospel singer

Nearby places

The figure below shows nearby places within 5 miles of Fargo.


Moorhead (4km)

Oakport (5 miles)

Frontier (8km)

Prairie Rose (6 km)

Reile’s Acres (7 km)

West Fargo (7 km)

Bismarck, North Dakota

Place in the United States
Location of Bismarck in North Dakota
Location of North Dakota in the US
County Burleigh County
Type of place City
State North Dakota
Coordinates 46° 49′ N, 100° 47′ W
Surface 80.89 km²
– country 79.91 km²
– water 0.98 km²
(767 inhabitants/km²)
Height 514 m
Mayor Steve Bakken (R)
ZIP code(s) 58501–58507
FIPS code 07200
North Dakota Capitol

Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota, a state in the United States of America, and the capital of Burleigh County. Located on the Missouri River, the city was named after German politician Otto von Bismarck and had a population of 61,272 in 2010. It is the second largest city in North Dakota after Fargo.

Founded in 1872, Bismarck has been the capital since Dakota when territory was created and added to the union in 1889. Bismarck is located on the bank of the Missouri River directly across from Mandan. The two cities together make up the bulk of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The North Dakota State Capitol, the largest building in the state, is located in downtown Bismarck. The state government employs more than 4,000 people in the city. As a hub for clothing stores and healthcare, it is the largest economic center of South Central North Dakota and North Central South Dakota. [source?]


Before the arrival of European settlers, what is today central North Dakota was inhabited by the Mandans. The Hidatsa name for Bismarck is mirahacii arumaaguash (“Place of long willow trees”); the Arikara name is ituhtaáwe [itUhtaáwe]. In 1872, the future capital was founded at the place where Lewis and Clark ‘s expedition crossed the Missouri, called the Missouri Crossing. The town was called Edwinton, named after Edwin Ferry Johnson (1803–1872), chief engineer at the Northern Pacific Railway. Hoping to attract German investors, the town was renamed Bismarck in 1873, referring to German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The discovery of gold in the neighboring Black Hills in 1874 was the real reason for its growth. Bismarck became a freight transport center on the “Custer Route” of the Black Hills. In 1883 Bismarck became the capital of the Dakota Territory, and in 1889 the city became the capital of the state of North Dakota and the Constituent Assembly met there.


  • John Hoeven (1957), North Dakota Senator

Bismarck, North Dakota