Explore this North Dakota map to learn about the thirty-ninth state of the US. Learn about North Dakota’s location in the United States, official symbol, seal, flag, geography, climate, area/zip codes, time zones, etc. Check out North Dakota’s history, major cities, hiking, cycling, backpacking trails, the capital city’s location, national parks, facts and trivia, Top 10 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), and many more.
About North Dakota
The US State of North Dakota is the 39th state in the United States. On November 2, 1889, it was admitted to the Union, and North Dakota achieved statehood. The State of North Dakota’s nicknames are:
- Peace Garden State
- Roughrider State
- Flickertail State
- Heaven on Earth
Bismarck is the capital of the state. The largest city and the most extensive metro/urban area of North Dakota is Fargo. The most popular language spoken in North Dakota is English. A small minority of people also speak German. In the US, North Dakota is the 47th most populous state.
North Dakota Flag
In March 1911, the flag of North Dakota was adopted. North Dakota’s flag design features:
- A dark blue background color
- A coat of arms at the center of the flag, which features:
- Eagle with outspread wings
- Eagle holds a ribbon in its beak. The words “E Pluribus Unum” is written. It means “One from many.”
- The eagle is grasping:
- A sheaf of arrows in its left claw
- An olive branch with three red berries in its right claw
- The state’s name “North Dakota ” is written in capital letters on a scroll below the eagle.
The official seal or symbol of North Dakota is the state’s Great Seal. Lili Stewart designed the current seal in use and was adopted by the state in 1987. Learn more about North Dakota State Symbols.
North Dakota Location
North Dakota Location Map shows the exact location of the US state of North Dakota on the USA map. This map shows the boundaries of this US state, neighboring countries, and oceans.
The State of North Dakota is spread in the Upper Midwest USA. It shares its border with:
- Canada’s Manitoba and Saskatchewan provinces (in the north)
- Minnesota (in the east)
- South Dakota (in the south)
- Montana (in the west)
North Dakota’s precise location (Latitude and Longitude) is 45° 56′ N to 49° 00′ N Latitude and 96° 33′ W to 104° 03′ W Longitude. Check this North Dakota Latitude and Longitude Map for more information.
North Dakota Time Zones
In North Dakota, UTC−06:00 (Central) is the time zone in most parts of the state. UTC−05:00 (CDT) is the summer (DST). The time zone in the southwest part of North Dakota is UTC−07:00 (Mountain). This state’s summer (DST) time zone is UTC−06:00 (MDT).
North Dakota Geography
The total area of North Dakota is 70,704 sq mi (183,123 sq km). Out of which 68,994 sq mi (178,694 sq km) is land area and 1,710 sq mi (4,429 sq km) is water area. It is the 19th largest US state in terms of size. North Dakota has three major landforms or terrains::
- The Great Plains (in southwestern North Dakota)
- The Red River Valley (in eastern North Dakota)
- The Drift Prairie (in the Red River Valley’s west)
At 3,506 feet (1068.6 m), White Butte is the highest elevation point. The state’s lowest point is the Red River at 750 feet (228.6 m) above sea level. Red River, James River, and Missouri River are major rivers in North Dakota. The state’s major lakes are Lake Oahe and Lake Sakakawea. Check this North Dakota Topographic Map to learn more.
Learn more about the location of mountain peaks, rivers, lakes, state boundaries, the state capital, neighboring states, ocean, and from this Physical Map of North Dakota.
North Dakota Climate
The climatic condition in North Dakota is characterized as continental. You’ll find substantial temperature variations in the state on a regular and seasonal basis. The average yearly temperature in the state remains around 37 °F (2.8 °C) in northern regions of North Dakota and around 43 °F (6.1 °C) in southern parts of North Dakota. The annual precipitation remains 13-20 inches (330-508 mm).
North Dakota History
The earliest human history found in North Dakota dates back to 12,000 years ago. Many Native American tribes lived in the current North Dakota region for thousands of years. Major tribes who lived here were:
- Dakota Sioux
The first European explorer who visited this place was Pierre Gaultier La Vérendrye in 1738. This place was later also colonized by Spain and England. As part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, this place came under the folds of the United States. This region remained under the Dakota Territory for an extended period. At that time, both North and South Dakota came within this region. North Dakota attained statehood on November 2, 1889, and also became the 39th state of the Union.
North Dakota Counties
North Dakota has 53 counties. McKenzie County is the largest, and Eddy County is the smallest county. Check the North Dakota County Map to learn more about the location and boundaries of different counties in the state.
North Dakota Area Codes
The area codes in North Dakota are:
The North Dakota Area Codes Map will help you locate any area code you are searching for. You can also use it to learn about the area code boundary, county and state boundaries, and state capital.
North Dakota Zip Codes
There are 383 active zip codes in North Dakota as of 2022. The zip codes best for you to live in the state are 58104, 58103, 58102, 58078, 58201, etc. You can locate a particular zip code, state boundary, and state capital with the help of the North Dakota Zip Codes Map.
North Dakota Major Cities
Learn about North Dakota’s significant places from this map of cities. You can know the exact location of the state capital, other cities, state boundaries, neighboring states and oceans, and many more. North Dakota’s most prominent cities are Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck, and many more. Check out the North Dakota Cities Map for more details.
North Dakota Airports
The busiest airports in North Dakota are Hector International Airport, Bismarck Municipal Airport, Minot International Airport, and others. Explore the location of different airports in the state on the North Dakota Airports Map. This map also shows North Dakota’s state and country boundaries, cities, the state capital, neighboring states, and oceans.
North Dakota National Park and Trails
North Dakota has three national parks. Around 561,791 visitors visit these national parks annually. Major national parks in the State are Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Country National Scenic Trail, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, and others.
In North Dakota, you can enjoy 174 recreational trails (hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and other adventurous trails). Caprock Coulee Loop, Wind Canyon Trail, Painted Canyon Nature Trail, etc., are some of North Dakota’s most popular hiking routes.
Check out the National Parks in North Dakota Map to get a clear idea about the locations of different national parks, monuments, preserves, etc.
Top 10 FAQs on North Dakota
FAQ #1: What Time Zone Is North Dakota?
Ans: In North Dakota, UTC−06:00 (Central) is the time zone in most parts of the state. UTC−05:00 (CDT) is the summer (DST). The time zone in the southwest part of North Dakota is UTC−07:00 (Mountain). This state’s summer (DST) time zone is UTC−06:00 (MDT).
FAQ #2: What Is The Capital Of North Dakota?
Ans: Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota.
FAQ #3: What Is North Dakota Known For?
Ans: North Dakota is known for its Badlands (which has now been included in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that spreads across 70,000 acres), scenic landscape, largest honey-producing state, Native American culture, and others.
FAQ #4: Does It Snow In North Dakota?
Ans: Yes, snowfall occurs in North Dakota every month, except in July-August. The average snowfall level in this state is 39 inches (990.6 mm).
FAQ #5: Who Is The Governor Of North Dakota?
Ans: Republican Party Doug Burgum will be the incumbent Governor of North Dakota in 2022. He assumed office as the 33rd Governor of North Dakota on December 15, 2016.
FAQ #6: What Is The Population Of North Dakota?
Ans: North Dakota’s population in 2022 is estimated to be 770,221, making it one of the top-5 least populous states in the United States.
FAQ #7: What Is The State Bird Of North Dakota?
Ans: Western meadowlark is North Dakota’s state bird.
FAQ #8: When Did North Dakota Become A State?
Ans: On November 2, 1889, North Dakota became a state.
FAQ #9: How Many Counties Are In North Dakota?
Ans: There are fifty-three counties in North Dakota.
FAQ #10: What is the Largest College in North Dakota?
Ans: The University of North Dakota is the largest college in North Dakota regarding the total number of students enrolled.