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North Dakota

US State
NicknamePeace Garden State,
Roughrider State, Flickertail State, Norse Dakota, The 701, Heaven
MottoLiberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable
Official languagesEnglish
DemonymNorth Dakotan
Largest cityFargo
Area Ranked19th
Total70700 sq mi 183272 km2
Width210 mi 340 km
Length340 mi 545 km
% water2.4
Pop. Rank48th
Total(2010) 672,591
Density9.3 /sq mi 3.58 /km2
Highest pointWhite Butte
3510 ft 1069 m
Mean1903 ft 580 m
Lowest pointRed River
750 ft 229 m
Other information
Admission to UnionNovember 2, 1889  (39th)
GovernorJack Dalrymple (R)
Lieutenant GovernorDrew Wrigley (R)
LegislatureLegislative Assembly
Upper houseSenate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsKent Conrad (D)
John Hoeven (R)
U.S. House delegationRick Berg (R)
- most of state - Central: UTC-6/-5
- southwest - Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5

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North Dakota c-enaudio=en-us-North Dakota.oggˌnɔrθ_dəkˈoʊtə is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States of America, along the Canadian border. The state is bordered by Canada to the north, Minnesota to the east, South Dakota to the south and Montana to the west. North Dakota is the 19th-largest state by area in the U.S. It is also the third least populous, with 672,591 residents according to the 2010 census. North Dakota was carved out of the Dakota Territory and admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with South Dakota.

The state capital is Bismarck and the largest city is Fargo. The primary public universities are located in Grand Forks and Fargo. The U.S. Air Force operates Air Force Bases at Minot AFB and Grand Forks AFB.

For more than a decade, the state has had a strong economy, with unemployment lower than the national average, job and population growth, and low housing vacancies. Much of the growth has been based on development of the Bakken oil shale fields in the western part of the state, but it has also had growth in the technology and service sectors. Flooding in June 2011 has caused extensive damage to Minot and threatened Bismarck, the capital city.

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