Statehood: November 2, 1889, the 39th state
Total Area: 18th among
states, 183,272 sq km (70,762 sq mi)
Water Area: 4,429 sq km
(1,710 sq mi)
Highest Point: White
Butte, Slope Co 1,069 m (3,506 ft)
Total Population: 48th
2010 census - 672,591
Population Density in 2010: 9.7
people per sq mi
Distribution in 2000: 53.4%
Urban, 46.6% Rural
Gross State Product - $33.4 billion (2010)
Personal income per Capita - $39,530 (2009)
Largest cities in 2010:
Grand Forks: 52,838
Colonel Clement A. Lounsberry, a Bismarck
journalist, won fame for his reporting of the
route of General George A. Custer at
the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
Peace Garden, which lies partly in North Dakota and partly in Manitoba,
Canada, honors the long friendship between the two nations.
restored boyhood home of band leader Lawrence
Welk stands in Strasburg.
The Maah Daah Hey
Trail, crossing about 100 miles
of badlands in western North Dakota, is informally known as the Moab of the North, gaining national
prominence as a mountain bike trail. Also a hiking and horseback riding
Lewis and Clark spent more consecutive days in North Dakota than in any
The third largest man-made lake in the United States, Lake Sakakawea was
created out of the Missouri River by the Garrison Dam, the fifth largest in
the United States. The 609-square-mile lake has 1,500 miles of shoreline.
North Dakota has more wildlife refuges (64) than any other state.
California is second with 38 refuges; Florida follows with 29 refuges.
A flowering monument to peace is the
straddling the border between the United States and Canada. Near Dunseith,
this 2,300-acre garden plants 100,000 flowers annually and features a Peace
Chapel as well as an 18-foot floral clock.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is carved out of
the North Dakota badlands, a 70,000-acre monument to the forces of nature. Its rugged
topography is credited with molding Theodore Roosevelt, who arrived in 1883
to hunt and later established the Maltese Cross and Elkhorn cattle ranches.
Later, as 26th president, Roosevelt would say, "I never would have been
President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota."