A Map of the U.S. state North Dakota

North Dakota Facts

  • U.S. State: North Dakota
  • Abbreviation: ND
  • Joined the USA: November 2nd, 1889
  • Located: Midwestern United States
  • Capital City: Bismarck, ND
  • Most Populated City: Fargo, ND

35 North Dakota Facts for Kids

  1. North Dakota is a state in the United States of America.
  2. North Dakota is in the midwestern region of the United States.

  3. North Dakota became a U.S. state on Saturday, November 2nd, 1889.
  4. North Dakota was the 39th state to join the United States.
  5. The U.S. state of North Dakota covers 70,704 square miles.
  6. North Dakota is the 19th largest state by area in the United States.
  7. In 2019, the population of North Dakota was estimated to be 762,062 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  8. In 2019, North Dakota was the 47th most populated state in the United States.
  9. A person who is from or lives in North Dakota is called a North Dakotan.
  10. The capital city of North Dakota is Bismarck.
  11. The four most populated cities in North Dakota are Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Minot.
  12. The largest city by population in North Dakota is Fargo.
  13. The largest metropolitan area in North Dakota is the Fargo metropolitan area.
  14. The U.S. state of North Dakota has 53 counties.
  15. The most populated county in North Dakota is Cass County with 181,923 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  16. The largest county by area in North Dakota is McKenzie County with 2,742 square miles.
  17. The highest elevation point in North Dakota is White Butte at 3,606 feet above sea level.
  18. The lowest elevation point in North Dakota is the Red River at 864 feet above sea level.
  19. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in North Dakota is 18.5 inches.
  20. North Dakota is the 42nd wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  21. The average temperature in North Dakota is 40.8 °F.
  22. North Dakota is the 49th warmest state in the United States.
  23. The warmest temperature ever recorded in North Dakota was 122 °F on July 6th, 1936.
  24. The coldest temperature ever recorded in North Dakota was -60 °F on February 15th, 1936.
  25. A few natural disasters that can affect North Dakota are blizzards, ice storms, river flooding and thunderstorms.
  26. North Dakota is in two time zones, Mountain Time Zone (MT) and Central Time Zone (CT).
  27. The USPS abbreviation for North Dakota is ND.
  28. North Dakota is also known as the Peace Garden State, the Roughrider State and the Flickertail State.
  29. The motto for the US state of North Dakota is “Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable”.
  30. North Dakota is the largest producer of honey in the United States.
  31. The official state fish of North Dakota is the northern pike (Esox Lucius).
  32. The official state bird of North Dakota is the western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta).
  33. The official state flower of North Dakota is the wild prairie rose (Rosa arkansana).
  34. The official state tree of North Dakota is the American elm (Ulmus Americana).
  35. The official state fossil of North Dakota is the teredo petrified wood.

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