( The Peace Garden State / The Sioux State )
North Dakota got its name from the Dakota division of the Sioux Indians who lived on the plains before the Europeans arrived. "Dakota" means "friend." In 1889, North Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 39th state. On the same day, South Dakota was admitted. North Dakota lies in the center of the North American continent. It is mainly a farm state and most of its industries (food processing and farm equipment) are connected to farming. Farms and ranches stretch from the flat Red River Valley, in the east, across rolling plains, to the rugged Badlands in the west. North Dakota's crisp autumn days attract hunters to streams and lakes where migrating fowl pause on their way south. Summer visitors to the state enjoy the exciting rodeos that are held in numerous communities and colorful Indian ceremonies that are conducted on reservations in the state.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in North Dakota include:
The Flag of North Dakota|
Entered the Union in 1889 as the 39th State; flag adopted in 1911. A military flag with a modified version of the United States coat of arms was carried by the Dakota Territorial Guard and later the North Dakota National Guard. The State flag is a modified version of those banners.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Fargo, 90,599; Bismarck, 55,532; Grand Forks, 49,321; Minot, 36,567; Mandan, 16,718; Dickinson, 16,010; Jamestown, 15,527; West Fargo, 14,940; Williston, 12,512; Wahpeton, 8,586
Business and Trade in North Dakota
Agriculture: Wheat, cattle, barley, sunflowers, milk, sugar beets.
Industries: Food processing, machinery, mining, tourism.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Western Meadowlark
- Flower: Wild Prairie Rose (rosa arkansana)
- Tree: American Elm (ulmus americana)
- Song(s): North Dakota Hymn
- Motto: Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable
642,200 (9.3 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 17th Largest
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Border States: Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota
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Housing: In North Dakota, there are 289,677 housing units, averaging to 4.2 per sq mile.