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North Dakota Geography

North Dakota Geography

Basic Facts

  • Geographical Region: Midwest
  • Size: 70704 sq.mi., 19th rank overall.
  • Admitted to Statehood: November 2,1889
  • Population: 646,844;48th rank overall.
  • Capital: Bismarck
  • Other Major City: Fargo
  • Abbreviation: ND

Fun Facts

Geographical Description

  • The eastern part of the state is flat with fertile farmlands supporting a large agriculture industry. It is called the Red River Valley.
  • To the west of the Red River Valley is the Drift Prairie, marked by rolling hills, stream valleys and occasional moraines. These lands also support a large agriculture industry.
  • The Great Plains occupy the southwestern half of North Dakota. This area is hilly with many mineral deposits.
  • Also in the southwestern portion of the state is the Badlands. These sandstone and clay formations have been shaped and molded by the high winds and water for centuries.

Map: Relief Map of ND


Petroleum, food processing, machinery, natural gas, mining, tourism


Wheat, grains, cattle, dairy products, barley, sunflowers, milk, sugar beets

Other Information

Fun Facts:

  • Rugby is home to the geographical center of North America that is marked by a rock obelisk with U.S. and Canadian flags flying next to it.
  • In 1982, Rutland went into the Guinness Book of World Records with the World's Largest Hamburger that weighed 3,591 pounds.
  • North Dakota has more registered vehicles than it has residents.
  • The Hunkpapa Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, was originally buried on the western edge of Fort Yates.
  • The state's eastern edge was a vast glacial lake bed 10,000 years ago.

More Fun Facts: http://www.50states.com/facts/ndakota.htm



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