State Abbreviation ND
State Capital Bismarck
State Size Total (Land + Water): 70,700 sq miles; Land Only: 68,976 sq miles
Number of Counties 53
Time Zone Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone
Bordering States Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota
Highest Point White Butte, 3,508 feet
National Parks Theodore Roosevelt National Park
State Population (2015) 756,927
State Population Density 11.0 people / square mile
Area Codes 701
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Fargo (105,549)
Grand Forks (52,838)
West Fargo (25,830)
Hononary State Equine Nokota horse
State Beverage Milk
State Bird Western meadowlark
State Dance Square dance
State Fish Northern pike
State Flower Wild prairie rose
State Fossil Teredo petrified wood
State Fruit Chokeberry
State Grass Western wheatgrass
State Insect Ladybug
State March Flickertail March
State Motto Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable
State Nickname Sioux State; Flickertail State; Peace Garden State; Rough Rider State
State Song "North Dakota Hymn"
State Tree American elm
•Dakota is the Sioux word for "friend" or "ally." The Dakota Territory was divided into North Dakota and South Dakota on November 2, 1889.
•The geographical center of North America is in Rugby, North Dakota.
•North Dakota holds the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place. On February 17, 2007, 8,962 people made snow angels at the state capitol grounds.
•North Dakota is the only state in the country with a state-owned bank, the Bank of North Dakota.
•North Dakota’s Jamestown, also known as Buffalo City, houses the “World’s Largest Buffalo.” The statue is 26 feet tall and 46 feet long.
•North Dakota’s state capitol is 242 feet high. It is the tallest building in North Dakota.
•North Dakota is the coldest state in the contiguous United States.
•North Dakota is one of two states with an official State March: Flickertail March.
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