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Population: 699,628 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot
Borders: Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Canada
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $46,016 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including barley, wheat, oats, corn, beans, sugar beets, and oilseeds
Mining of petroleum, natural gas, and coal
Food processing, technology, farming equipment, and bank
How North Dakota got its name: The name Dakota comes from a Sioux Indian word for friend.
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North Dakota State Symbols
State Nickname: Peace Garden State
State Slogan: Legendary
State Motto: Liberty and union, now and forever: one and inseparable
State flower: Wild Prairie Rose
State bird: Western Meadowlark
State fish: Northern pike
State tree: American Elm
State mammal: Nokota horse
State foods: Sugar Beet
Becoming a State
Date admitted: November 2, 1889
Number admitted: 39
Prior Name: Dakota Territory
Postal Abbreviation: ND
The Geography of North Dakota
Total Size: 68,976 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Red River at 750 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Pembina (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: White Butte at 3,506 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Slope (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Sheridan County approx. 5 miles southwest of McClusky (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 53 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Missouri River, Red River, Sheyenne River, James River, Lake Sakakawea, Devil's Lake, Lake Oahe
- James Buchli - Astronaut
- Warren Christopher - U.S. Secretary of State
- Angie Dickinson - Actress
- Josh Duhamel - Actor
- Louis L'Amour - Author of westerns
- Peggy Lee - Singer and actress
- Roger Maris - Professional baseball player
- Lute Olson - College basketball coach
- Sacagawea - Native American guide for Lewis and Clark
- Lawrence Welk - TV host and music conductor
- North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other US state.
- The largest city in North Dakota is Fargo.
- North Dakota was the first state to finish its portion of the Intestate Highway System.
- The Dakota name comes from the name of the local American Indians. It means 'friend' or 'ally'.
- It gets its nickname from the International Peace Garden that sits on the border between Canada and North Dakota.
- The official state beverage is milk.
- People have tried to get the name changed to just Dakota because they think the 'North' in the name makes the state sound too cold.
- The National Buffalo Museum is in Jamestown. They have a buffalo statue that is 26 feet high and 45 feet long.
Professional Sports Teams
There are no major professional sports teams in North Dakota.
Geography >> US States>> North Dakota History
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