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Location of Bismarck in Burleigh County, North Dakota
Location of Bismarck in Burleigh County, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Burleigh County
Founded 1872
 • Mayor John Warford
 • City 27.4 sq mi (71.0 km2)
 • Land 26.9 sq mi (69.7 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • City 55,532
 • Density 2,065.2/sq mi (797.4/km2)
 • Metro

Bismarck is the capital city of the U.S. state of North Dakota. It is also the county seat of Burleigh County. As of the census held in the year 2010, its population was 61,272.[1] The population of its metropolitan area was 108,779.[2]

Bismarck was founded in 1872. It has been North Dakota's capital since it gained statehood in 1889.

Bismarck is situated on the east bank of the Missouri River, directly across the river from Mandan.[3] The two cities make up the core of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The North Dakota State Capitol, the tallest building in the state, towers over the central part of Bismarck. The state government employs more than 4,000 in the city. As a hub of retail and health care, Bismarck is the economic center of a large portion of south-central North Dakota and north-central South Dakota.


  1. "Bismarck (city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved November 26, 2011.
  2. Metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area population and estimated components of change: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009