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|State of North Dakota|
Nickname(s): Peace Garden State,|
Roughrider State, Flickertail State
Motto(s): Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable;|
Strength from the soil
70,762 sq mi |
|- Width||210 miles (340 km)|
|- Length||340 miles (545 km)|
|- % water||2.4|
|- Latitude||45°55′N to 49°00′N|
|- Longitude||96°33′W to 104°03′W|
|Number of people||Ranked 48th|
9.30/sq mi (3.592/km2)|
|Height above sea level|
|- Highest point||
3,506 ft (1,069 m)
|- Average||1,903 ft (580 m)|
|- Lowest point||
Red River of the North|
750 ft (229 m)
|Became part of the U.S.||November 2, 1889 (39th)|
|Governor||John Hoeven (R)|
Kent Conrad (D)|
Byron Dorgan (D)
|- most of state||Central: UTC-6/-5|
|- southwest||Mountain: UTC-7/-6|
Where is North Dakota?
North Dakota is south of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, east of Montana, north of South Dakota, and west of Minnesota. Manitoba and Saskatchewan are provinces - part of Canada. Montana, South Dakota, and Minnesota are other states in the United States.
North Dakota is not close to any big bodies of water (oceans or seas). Because of this, temperatures in North Dakota are very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. In the summer, there are sometimes strong thunderstorms. These storms can have tornadoes and hail.
Before European people came, Native American people lived in the area now called North Dakota. One important tribe was the Mandan.
Most of the economy is based on agriculture. The most important agricultural crops are durum, a type of wheat, which is grown all across the state. In the Red River Valley, there is more rain, and maize (corn) and sugar beets are grown as well. In the Badlands, there is less rain, and more cattle are raised than crops.
North Dakota has the only bank in the United States that is owned by the state. The Bank of North Dakota is where all of the money from all government agencies is held. Most banks in the United States are guaranteed by the FDIC (acronym for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.) The FDIC guarantees that people will not lose money if a bank fails. But the Bank of North Dakota is insured by the state of North Dakota.
- "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/elvadist/elvadist.html#Highest. Retrieved 2006-11-7.