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North Dakota Geography
North Dakota Geography
Total Land Area 70,704 square miles
State Ranking in Land Area 18th
Geographic Center 5 miles SW of McClusky
Highest Elevation 3,506 feet, White Butte, Slope County
Lowest Elevation 750 feet, Red River Valley, Pembina County
Largest Natural Lake Devils Lake
Largest Man-Made Lake Lake Sakakawea
Largest River Missouri River
Longest River Sheyenne River


North Dakota Geography
North Dakota Agriculture
North Dakota production agriculture generates nearly $8 billion in cash receipts each year.
Production agriculture is the largest sector of North Dakota's economy, making up to 25% of the economic base.
Nearly 24% of North Dakota workers are farmers and ranchers or are employed in farm-related jobs.
North Dakota has 31,600 farms and ranches. The average size of a North Dakota farm is 1,253 acres.
39.4 million acres—nearly 90% of North Dakota's land area—is in farms and ranches
North Dakota farms provide food and habitat for 75% of the state's wildlife.


North Dakota Energy
North Dakota Energy
North Dakota is now the nation’s 2nd largest oil-producing state—trailing only Texas.
There are 17 counties in the state with commercial oil production. The leading counties include Mountrail, McKenzie, Dunn, Bowman, Williams, and Billings.
Oil and gas exploration has occurred at some point in every county in the state except Traill County.
Western North Dakota has enough lignite reserves to supply the state's generating plants for more than 800 years.
Natural gas production is the 6th largest industry in North Dakota.
North Dakota has the potential to produce 1.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity from wind energy per year—more than any other state.
The electricity generated from North Dakota's lignite-based power plants is used by more than 2 million customers in the Upper Midwest.


North Dakota Water
North Dakota Water
2 percent, or 1,403 square miles, of North Dakota's surface area is covered by water.
North Dakota lakes and reservoirs total nearly 863,000 acres.
There are approximately 2.5 million acres classified as wetlands in North Dakota.
North Dakota's major rivers, and their tributaries, total approximately 5,100 river miles.
The Sheyenne River, a major tributary of the Red River, is 506 miles long, making it the longest river in North Dakota.
94 percent of the cities in North Dakota rely on ground water from municipal systems, private wells, and rural water wells.
60 percent of the total water consumed in North Dakota is for irrigation.
5 percent of the state's population, or about 32,000 people, live in a flood plain.
Record-breaking flooding along the Red River in 1997 and the Mouse River in 2011 caused billions in damages.
The Little Missouri River is the only river designated as a State Scenic River by the North Dakota Legislative Assembly.


North Dakota Business
North Dakota Business
North Dakota has a good business climate because of low taxes, good transportation, and a skilled and educated workforce.
North Dakota has four major commercial airports located in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Minot.
Tourism is North Dakota's third largest industry, bringing in nearly $5 billion in new wealth to the state.
The Bobcat Company is North Dakota's largest manufacturer.
Amtrak serves seven North Dakota cities, with Minot leading the number of riders each year.
National information technology companies have found North Dakota a good place to do business. Microsoft and Navteq, as examples, employ more than 1,500 people.
Value-added agriculture has become big business in the last 20 years.


North Dakota Education
North Dakota Education
Number of Public School Students—2015-2016 108,280
Number of Public School Districts (Operating)—2015-2016 179
Number of Private School Students—2015-2016 7,181
Number of Private Schools—2015-2016 43
Percentage of Public School Students in 8 Largest School Districts—2015-2016 59%
Number of One-Room Country Schools—2012-2013 7
Number of One-Room Country Schools—1940 3,392
North Dakota High School Graduation Rate 89%
Number of Colleges in the North Dakota University System (NDUS) 11
Number of Tribal Colleges 5
Number of Private Colleges and Universities 3
Number of Students Enrolled in the 11 Public Colleges and Universities—2015-2016 47,513
Number of Students Enrolled in the 5 Tribal Colleges—2015-2016 2,318
Number of Students Enrolled in the 3 Private Colleges and Universities—2015-2016 4,574
Percentage of All NDUS Students Enrolled at UND and NDSU—2015-2016 62%


North Dakota Population
North Dakota Population
Population, 2010 672,591 308,745,538
*Population, 2014 Estimate 739,482 318,857,056
Persons Under the Age of 18, Percent 22.8% 23.1%
Persons 65 years Old and Older, Percent 14.1% 14.5%
White Population, Percent 89.1% 77.4%
Black/African American Population, Percent 2.1% 13.2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native Population, Percent 5.4% 1.2%
Asian Population, Percent 1.3% 5.4%
Other Race or Ethnicity, Percent 1.7% 0.9%
*High School Graduates, Persons Age 25+, Percent 90.9% 86.0%
*Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Persons Age 25+, Percent 27.3% 28.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work, Minutes 16.9 25.5
Home Ownership Rate, Percent 66.1% 64.9%
Median Value of Home $132,400 $176,700
Average Household Size, Persons 2.31 2.63
Per Capita Income $29,732 $28,155
Persons Below the Poverty Level, Percent 11.9% 15.4%
Land Area, Square Miles 69,000 3,531,905
Persons Per Square Mile 9.7 87.4