The City of Bismarck is the state capital for North Dakota and is America’s 35th-most highly populated state.
Iconically reflecting the capital’s local weather and geography, Guinness World Records documents Bismarck as the site where the most people made snow angels at the same time. The record involved 8,962 participants at Bismarck’s State Capitol Grounds on February 17, 2007.
Turning to a business perspective, the biggest employers in Bismarck as of 2015 were the State of North Dakota (4,600 employees), non-profit health care provider Sandforth Health (3,146), St. Alexius Medical Center (2,377), Bismarck public schools (2,108) and U.S. government offices (1,200) and insurer AETNA (728).
North Dakota shipped U$5.313 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value North Dakotan exports are crude and refined petroleum oils, front-end shovel loaders, tractors, ethyl alcohol, wheat and corn according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Bismarck was 2.6% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Bismarck, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Art Gallerie on Main, Belle Mehus Auditorium, Gateway to Science, Nickle’s Lounge & Casino, North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum and The Dakota Zoo
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Bismarck, United States:
- Carson Wentz, NFL football quarterback (born Dec. 30, 1992)
- Leslie Bibb, actress (born Nov. 17, 1974)
- Conrad Mandsager, founder & CEO ChildVoice humanitarian firm (born Jul. 18, 1953)
- Mike Peluso, NHL hockey player (born Sep. 2, 1974)
- Weston Dressler, CFL football quarterback (born Jun. 14, 1985)
- Proxy Paige, actress (born May 19, 1989)
- Rick Baska, NFL football linebacker (born Feb. 19, 1952)
- Gordon Joseph Weiss, actor (born Jun. 19, 1949)
- Brooks Bollinger, NFL football quarterback & college coach (born Nov. 15, 1979)
- Carmelina Barg, model & Playboy Playmate (born Aug. 17, 1963)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Bismarck resident: Bismarcker
Population: 72,417 (Bismarck city limits)
Density: 2,347 people per square mile (906 per square kilometer)
Population: 131,635 (Bismarck metropolitan area)
Density: 37 people per square mile (14 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$7.851 billion as of March 2015 (Bismarck metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $59,642
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Bismarck: U.S. dollars
Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization, Monitoring Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 20, 2017
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 20, 2017
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United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 20, 2017
USA.flagpedia.net, North Dakota flag. Accessed on June 20, 2017
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Wikipedia, Bismarck-Mandan. Accessed on June 20, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 20, 2017
Wikipedia, North Dakota. Accessed on June 20, 2017
Within city limits, Bismarck occupies 30.85 square miles (79.9 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 72,417 Bismarckers in 2016.
Typically called Bismarck-Mandan, the Bismarck ND Metropolitan Statistical Area has a land area of 3,559 square miles (9,217.8 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 131,635 inhabitants.
At the city level, Bismarck’s population density is 2,347 residents per square mile (906 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Bismarck metropolitan area with an average 37 inhabitants per square mile (14 per square kilometer).
Bismarckers celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.