Peace Garden State, Flickertail State, Roughrider State


“Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable”

Admitted To Union

November 2,1889  —  39th State


70,704 square miles

Highest Point

White Butte; 3,506 feet

Lowest Point

Red River; 750 feet

Geographic Center

Sheridan, 5 miles southwest of McClusky


Central lowlands in the east comprises the flat Red River Valley and the rolling drift prairie; Missouri plateau of the Great Plains in the west.


(2016) 757,952

State Flower

Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa arkansana)

Honorary Equine

The Nokota Horse

State Bird

Western Meadowlark

State Tree

American Elm (Ulmus Americana)

State Song

North Dakota Hymn

State Fish

Northern Pike

State Fossil

Tereda petrified Wood

Largest Cities

Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Mandan, Dickinson, Jamestown, West Fargo


Agriculture: Wheat, cattle, barley, sunflowers, milk, sugar beets


Food processing, machinery, mining, tourism


North Dakota’s dark blue field displays a bald eagle holding an olive branch and a bundle of arrows in its claws. In its beak, the eagle carries a ribbon with the words ” One nation made up of many states”. The shield on its breast has thirteen stars, representing the original thirteen states. The fan shaped design above the eagle represents the birth of a new nation, the United States. The name “North Dakota” appears on a red scroll below the eagle.

Origin of state’s name

Dakota is the Sioux Indian word for “friend”

Famous North Dakotans
Angie Dickinson – actress, Kulm

Ivan Dmitri – artist

John Bernard Flannagan – sculptor, Fargo

Phyllis Frelich – actress, Devils Lake

William H. Gass – writer and philosopher, Fargo

Phil Jackson – basketball player, coach

Dr. Leon O. Jacobson – researcher, educator, Sims

Louis L’Amour – author, Jamestown

Peggy Lee – singer, Jamestown

Casper Oimoen – skier

Arthur Peterson – radio and TV actor

Cliff Fido Purpur – hockey player, coach

James Rosenquist – painter, Grand Forks

Eric Sevareid – TV commentator, Velva

Ann Sothern – actress, Valley City

Dorothy Stickney – actress, Dickinson

Edward K. Thompson – editor

Era Bell Thompson – editor

Tommy Tucker – band leader, Souris

Lawrence Welk – band leader, entertainer, Strasburg