36 Interesting Facts About North Dakota

Last updated on July 20th, 2021

29. North Dakota has played host to some famous movies which include Fargo (1995), Dakota (1945), and My Father’s Garden documentary (1996). However, none of the scenes in Fargo was filmed there. Besides, the movie was only loosely based on 2 true events and even these did not occur in North Dakota but Minnesota. But you can find the wood chipper used in that movie on display at Fargo-Moorhead Visitor Center.

30. Fargo, the largest city in the state takes its name from William Fargo, the co-founder of Wells Fargo & Company.[33]

31. North Dakota is the leading producer of honey in the U.S., followed by South Dakota, California, Montana, and Florida.[24]

32. Another interesting facts about North Dakota is that that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Dakota has the second-lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. Vermont has the lowest of the pack.[26]

33. Did you know that Ruso, a hamlet in McLean County, is the least populous incorporated place in North Dakota? The city has a population of four.[25]

34. The state produces 40 million gallons of milk each year from its 68 licensed dairy herds; and has 29,900 farms across 39.1 million acres. Milk is its official state beverage.[27]

35. According to the NYtimes.com, North Dakota produces more electricity than is consumed in the state and about half is sent to its neighbors.[29]

36. After Texas, North Dakota is the country’s second largest oil producing state.[30]

North Dakota – Quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationND
State CapitalBismarck
Largest CityFargo
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 70,700 sq miles; Land Only: 68,976 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodNovember 2, 1889
State rank by population47th
State rank by date of formation39th
State rank by area19th
Number of Counties53
DemonymNorth Dakotan
Bordering StatesMinnesota, Montana, South Dakota
Official LanguageNone
Highest PointWhite Butte
3,508 ft (1069 m)
Lowest pointRed River of the North at Manitoba border
751 ft (229 m)
Length211 miles (340 km)
Width335 miles (539 km)
GovernorDoug Burgum
(33rd Governor of North Dakota since December 15, 2016.)
Electoral Votes3
State MottoLiberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable
State NicknameSioux State; Flickertail State; Peace Garden State; Rough Rider State
% Water2.4
Famous peopleLeslie Bibb (Actress)
Angie Dickinson (Actress)
Josh Duhamel (Actor)
State BirdWestern Meadowlark
State FishNorthern pike
State FlowerWild prairie rose
State FossilTeredo Petrified Wood
State FruitChokecherry
State GrassWestern Wheatgrass
State InsectConvergent Lady Beetle
State MarchFlickertail March
State horseNokota Horse
State TreeAmerican Elm
Longitude96° 33′ W to 104° 03′ W
Latitude45° 56′ N to 49° 00′ N
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Area Codes701
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020