Bismarck may lack of universally accepted nickname, there are multiple monikers for North Dakota. These include the Peace Garden State, Roughrider State and Flickertail State–the latter referring to a breed of ground squirrels common in North Dakota.
North Dakota’s capital city hosts the Sam McQuade Sr Softball Tournament where 400 teams from the U.S. and Canada compete in the world’s biggest charity softball tournament.
Research website numbeo lacks sufficient data to rank North Dakota’s capital city on its comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Numbeo does evaluate Bismarck on several individual factors. For instance, Bismarck scores well on traffic commute time (number one fastest), safety (top 5%), pollution (cleanest 9%) and health care (best 22%). On the negative side, Bismarck rates relatively poorly for property price to income ratio (highest 30%).
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 back on February 17, 2007.
The biggest employers in Bismarck are the State of North Dakota, non-profit health care provider Sandforth Health, St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck public schools and U.S. government offices, and insurer AETNA.
From an international trade perspective, North Dakota exported U$6.749 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include crude petroleum oil (36.3% of North Dakota’s global total), light petroleum oils and preparations (29.3%), tractors (3.5%), corn (2.2%), wheat (2.1%), mechanical front-end shovel loaders (also 2.1%), liquor (1.4%), saturated acyclic hydrocarbons (1.2%), and low erucic acid seed (1%) according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Bismarck was 5.4% at July 2020, up from 2.5% one year earlier.
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: 74,162 (Bismarck) at September 23, 2020
Density: 2,162 people per square mile (835 per square kilometer)
Population: 761,723 (North Dakota) at September 23, 2020
Density: 11 people per square mile (4 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$7.768 billion in 2018 (Bismarck metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $73,484
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).
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
City of Bismarck, North Dakota, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2015.
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Total Gross Domestic Product for Bismarck, North Dakota (MSA).
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Unemployment Rate in Bismarck, North Dakota (MSA).
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Guinness World Records, Most people making snow angels simultaneously.
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA.
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Official Government Website, City of Bismarck official website.
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries.
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016.
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates.
USA.flagpedia.net, North Dakota flag.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only).
Wikipedia, Bismarck, North Dakota.
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Wikipedia, North Dakota.
World Population Review, Bismarck, North Dakota Population.
Bismarckers celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.
Bismarck’s land area occupies 34.3 square miles (88.83 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 74,162 Bismarckers at September 23, 2020.
At the state level, North Dakota covers a land area measuring 68,994 square miles (178,694 square kilometers) home to a population of 761,723 people.
Bismarck’s population density is more concentrated averaging 2,162 residents per square mile (835 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to North Dakota’s land boundaries, population density dilutes to an average 11 inhabitants per square mile (4 per square kilometer).