47 Facts About North Dakota


North Dakota is bordered by the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the north and by the U S states of Minnesota to the east, South Dakota to the south, and Montana to the west.

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North Dakota is the nineteenth largest state, but with a population of less than 780, 000 as of 2020, it is the fourth least populous and fourth most sparsely populated.

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North Dakota Territory, established in 1861, became central to American pioneers, with the Homestead Act of 1862 precipitating significant population growth and development.

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North Dakota was admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889, along with neighboring South Dakota, as the 39th and 40th states.

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Such development has led to unprecedented population growth and reduced unemployment, with North Dakota having the second lowest unemployment rate in the U S (after Hawaii).

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However, since North Dakota alphabetically appears before South Dakota, its proclamation was published first in the Statutes At Large.

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Furthermore, the Bank of North Dakota, having powers similar to a Federal Reserve branch bank, exercised its power to limit the issuance of subprime mortgages and their collateralization in the form of derivative instruments, and so prevented a collapse of housing prices within the state in the wake of 2008's financial crisis.

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Western North Dakota saw a boom in oil exploration in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as rising petroleum prices made development profitable.

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North Dakota is located in the Upper Midwest region of the United States.

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North Dakota's economy is based more heavily on farming than the economies of most other states.

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North Dakota was named for the Sioux people who once lived in the territory.

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North Dakota is called the Flickertail State because of the many flickertail ground squirrels that live in the central part of the state.

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South Dakota is to the south, Montana is to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are to the north.

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North Dakota is near the middle of North America with a stone marker in Rugby, North Dakota marking the "Geographic Center of the North American Continent".

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Natural trees in North Dakota are found usually where there is good drainage, such as the ravines and valley near the Pembina Gorge and Killdeer Mountains, the Turtle Mountains, the hills around Devils Lake, in the dunes area of McHenry County in central North Dakota, and along the Sheyenne Valley slopes and the Sheyenne delta.

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North Dakota has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters.

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North Dakota is the fourth least-populous state in the country; only Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming have fewer residents.

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Except for Native Americans, the North Dakota population has a lesser percentage of minorities than in the nation as a whole.

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North Dakota was a known popular destination for immigrant farmers and general laborers and their families, mostly from Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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North Dakota is one of the top resettlement locations for refugees proportionally.

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The largest mainline Protestant denomination in North Dakota was the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the United Methodist Church was the second largest.

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Additionally, North Dakota had the highest percentage of church-going population of any state in 2006.

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North Dakota has added 56, 600 private-sector jobs since 2011, creating an annual growth rate of 7.

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North Dakota had the highest growth in personal expenditures on housing and utilities of all states, reflecting the sharply increased demand for housing in the 2010s.

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Every U S state except neighboring South Dakota has had a higher unemployment rate during that period.

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The Corn Belt extends to North Dakota but is more on the edge of the region instead of in its center.

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In North Dakota soybeans have to mature fast, because of the comparatively short growing season.

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North Dakota is the second leading producer of sugarbeets, which are grown mostly in the Red River Valley.

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North Dakota has the second largest lignite coal production in the U S However, lignite coal is the lowest grade coal.

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Great Plains region, which includes the state of North Dakota, has been referred to as "the Saudi Arabia of wind energy".

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Development of wind energy in North Dakota has been cost effective because the state has large rural expanses and wind speeds seldom go below 10 miles per hour.

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North Dakota is considered the least visited state, owing, in part, to its not having a major tourist attraction.

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North Dakota has six level-II trauma centers, 44 hospitals, 52 rural health clinics, and 80 nursing homes.

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North Dakota expanded Medicaid in 2014, and its health insurance exchange is the federal site, HealthCare.

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North Dakota law requires pharmacies, other than hospital dispensaries and pre-existing stores, to be majority-owned by pharmacists.

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Primary historic tribal nations in or around North Dakota, are the Lakota and the Dakota, the Blackfoot, the Cheyenne, the Chippewa (known as Ojibwe in Canada), and the Mandan.

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Broadcast television in North Dakota started on April 3, 1953, when KCJB-TV in Minot started operations.

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Public broadcasting in North Dakota is provided by Prairie Public, with statewide television and radio networks affiliated with PBS and NPR.

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Public transit in North Dakota includes daily fixed-route bus systems in Fargo, Bismarck-Mandan, Grand Forks, and Minot, paratransit service in 57 communities, along with multi-county rural transit systems.

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The current Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota is Brent Sanford, who is the President of the Senate.

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North Dakota Legislative Assembly is a bicameral body consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Today, five federally recognized tribes within the boundaries of North Dakota have independent, sovereign relationships with the federal government and territorial reservations:.

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North Dakota's United States Senators are John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer.

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Federal court cases are heard in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, which holds court in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, and Minot.

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North Dakota has a slightly progressive income tax structure; the five brackets of state income tax rates are 1.

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Owners of real property in North Dakota pay property tax to their county, municipality, school district, and special taxing districts.

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In 2006, North Dakota was the state with the lowest number of returns filed by taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of over $1M—only 333.

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