Biggest Cities in North Dakota

Biggest Cities in North Dakota

The US state of North Dakota is one of the most sparsely populated states in the country. It is located in the Great Plains region and is the fourth-smallest state by population. North Dakota is the 19th largest in terms of area but has the fourth smallest population of any state. This means that North Dakota is the 47th most densely populated state. Known as the ‘Peace Garden State’, North Dakota covers an area of 70,762 square miles and has an estimated population of 755,000. North Dakota has borders with South Dakota and Montana, as well as the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


Biggest Cities in North Dakota


  1. Fargo

The city will always have one of the greatest weather contributions in U.S. history. A tornado in 1957 killed 10 people, but since it occurred during daylight hours, a video was taken of the twister. Afterward, researchers studied the cyclone, and that led to the development of the Fujita scale, which measures the damage caused by a tornado, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Fargo tornado was later designated an F-5, the highest level on the scale. 


  1. Bismarck

Bismarck is the second-most populous city in North Dakota, with a population of approximately 61,272. It serves as the state capital and the county seat of Burleigh County. Located on the eastern bank of the Missouri River, the city was established in 1872 and has served as North Dakota’s capital since 1889.


  1. Grand Forks

Located in Grand Forks County, of which it is the county seat, Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the state of North Dakota. This city is situated on the eastern border of the state and covers an area of 20.09 square miles. The estimated population of Grand Forks is 57,000, with over 102,000 people living in the surrounding metropolitan area.


  1. Minot

Minot is the fourth most populated city in North Dakota, with a population of 40,888. It was established in 1886 and serves as the county seat of Ward County. A large US Air Force base is located near the city, and Minot serves as an important regional trading center. Given its remarkable growth within a relatively short period of time, Minot earned the nickname “The Magic City.”

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