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North Dakota State Facts and Figures

Interesting information you may or may not know!

Capital: Bismarck

Governor: Jack Dalrymple, R (to Dec. 15, 2014)

Lieut. Governor: Drew Wrigley, R (to Dec. 15, 2014)

Senators: Kent Conrad, D (to Jan. 2013); John Hoeven, R (to Jan. 2017)

U.S. Representatives: 1

Organized as territory: March 2, 1861

Present constitution adopted:1889

Motto: Liberty and union, now and forever: one and inseparable

State symbols:

tree American elm (1947)

bird western meadowlark (1947)

song “North Dakota Hymn” (1947)

fish northern pike (1969)

grass western wheatgrass (1977)

fossil teredo petrified wood (1967)

beverage milk (1983)

state march Spirit of the Land (1975)

flower wild prairie rose (1907)

equine Nokota horse (1993)

dance square dance (1995)

Nickname: Sioux State; Flickertail State; Peace Garden State; Rough Rider State

Origin of name: From the Sioux tribe, meaning “allies”

10 largest cities (2010 est.): Fargo, 105,549; Bismarck, 61,272; Grand Forks, 52,838; Minot, 40,888; West Fargo, 25,830; Mandan, 18,331; Dickinson, 17,787; Jamestown, 15,427; Williston, 14,716; Wahpeton, 7,766

Land area: 68,976 sq mi. (178,648 sq km)

Geographic center: In Sheridan Co., 5 mi. SW of McClusky

Number of counties: 53

Largest county by population and area: Cass, 149,778 (2010); McKenzie, 2,742 sq mi.

State parks: 17

Residents: North Dakotan

2010 resident population est.:672,591

2010 resident census population (rank): 672,591 (49). Male: 339,864 (50.5%); Female: 332,727 (549.5%).

2010 percent population:   18 and over: 77.7; 65 and over: 14.5; median age: 37.0.

Famous North Dakotans: Lynn Anderson (singer), Angie Dickinson (actress), Phil Jackson (basketball player/coach), Louis L'Amour (novelist), Casper Oimoen (skier), Cliff "Fido" Purpur (hockey), Eric Sevareid (TV commentator), Edward K. Thompson (Life magazine editor), Tommy Tucker • Lawrence Welk (band leaders)

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