48th out of the 50 U.S. states in terms of population, North
Dakota is unspoiled by industrialization and remains an agricultural
leader known for its vast acres of farmland devoted mostly
to raising cattle, wheat, soybeans, sunflowers and flax.
severe extremes in weather, ranging from hot summers to stark
and forbidding winters, is sometimes cited as the reason for
the state's relative underpopulation.
Major North Dakota employers include the state and federal governments, health care insurance companies, schools, and hospitals found mainly in the larger population areas of Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks.
North Dakota quality-of-life statistics
Dakota Census Data)
Major cities: Bismarck (capital), Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot,
Population : 635,867
White : 92.3%
Black, African American : 0.8%
Hispanic : 1.6%
High school graduates : 83.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 22%
Average household income: $39,233
& Real Estate Overview Home ownership rate : 66.6%
Average home price : $144,800
Average travel time to work : 15.8 minutes
Personal Income Taxes: North Dakota imposes state income taxes ranging from 1.51 percent to 3.99 percent and are assessed over five income brackets. Residents are required to file state income taxes using form ND-1 each year by April 15.
: Regulated by cold winds from the Canadian north, and
warmer tropical fronts from the south, North Dakota's weather
extremes range from heavy snows and blizzard conditions
in winter, to mild and sometimes oppressively hot temperatures
in summer. Spring and early summer can also pose a threat
of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.