North Dakota Facts

North Dakota Facts

North Dakota is the 39th state of the United States, having been admitted to the union on November 2, 1889. See the fact file below for more information about the state of North Dakota.

Capital
Bismarck

Became a State
November 2, 1889 (30th)

Location
midwest and western United States

Area
70,700 sq. miles (19th)

Population
672,591 (48th)

Major Cities
Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot

Products
barley, sunflower seeds, spring and durum wheat for processing, farm-raised turkeys, cattle, mining

Climate
continental climate, cold winters, hot summers

Yearly Precipitation
averages 15 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams

Major Waterways
Missouri River, Reed River, James River

Most Famous Citizens
Lawrence Welk (musician)
Louis L’Amour (author)
Roger Maris (baseball player)
Sakajawea (Shoshone woman)
Maxwell Anderson (playwright)

State Symbols
Bird – Western Meadowlark
Flower – Wild Prairie Rose
Animal – Ground Squirrel
Tree – American Elm