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State Facts

Full Name

State of North Dakota

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

November 2, 1889 (39th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

642,200 (47th)

Land Area (Rank)

68,976 square miles; 178,647 square kilometers (17th)

Capital

Bismarck

Postal Abbreviation

ND

State Nicknames

  • Sioux State,
  • Flickertail State,
  • Peace Garden State,
  • Rough Rider State

Motto

Liberty and union, now and forever: one and inseparable

Song

“North Dakota Hymn” (music by C. S. Putnam, words by James W. Foley)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Wild prairie rose
  • Tree: American elm
  • Bird: Western meadowlark
  • Gems: Montana sapphire and agate
  • Equine: Nokota horse
  • Fossil: Teredo petrified wood
  • Beverage: Milk
  • Dance: Square dance

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Wheat,
    • cattle,
    • barley,
    • sunflowers,
    • milk,
    • sugar beets
  • Industry:
    • Food processing,
    • machinery,
    • mining,
    • tourism