Introduction to Dickinson, North Dakota

Dickinson, North Dakota, in Stark county, is 94 miles W of Bismarck, North Dakota and 476 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city has a population of 16,010.

Dickinson History

Dickinson was founded in 1880. It was originally a stop on the Northern Pacific Railway. The city was first named Pleasant Valley Siding. It was renamed in 1882, after a railroad official named Wells S. Dickinson, who platted the town. Early settlers were attracted by the area’s rich soil and established numerous farms here by 1904. It is the county seat of Stark County, which was organized on May 25, 1883.

Dickinson and nearby Attractions

  • Prairie Hills Mall
  • Dakota Dinosaur Museum
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Joachim Regional Museum
  • Heart River Golf Club

Things To Do In Dickinson

Dickinson offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The city owns more than 1,500 acres of public park land. The Little Missouri State Park and Theodore Roosevelt National Park are less than half an hour's drive away. The Hettinger Golf Course, the Heart River Golf Club and the Kenmare Country Club provide facilities for golfers. The Dakota Dinosaur Museum and the Joachim Regional Museum are also popular local spots. Every year, the city hosts several festivals, including the Northern Plains Heritage Festival, the Ukrainian Festival and the Stark County Fair.

Dickinson Transportation

Sloulin Field International is the nearest major airport.

Dickinson Higher Education

Dickinson State University is the local institution of higher education. Minot State University, the University of Mary and Bismarck State College are also nearby.


Total Population 21,097
Male Share of the Population 51.1%
Female Share of the Population 48.9%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 11,907
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 52.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.9%
Median Earnings25+ $42,560
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,952
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,849


Median Family Income $86,202
% Above Poverty Level 92.9%
% Below Poverty Level 7.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $856
Median House Value $208,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.8%
Irish 7.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dickinson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 94 miles W of Bismarck, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 476 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Stark
Standard Zip Codes 58601
P.O. Box Zip Codes 58602
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.879
Longitude -102.789

Dickinson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 0 to 24 F
Apr Temp 28 to 55 F
Jul Temp 54 to 83 F
Oct Temp 29 to 58 F
Annual Precip 16.6 inches
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 2 to 22 F
Apr Temp 30 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 83 F
Oct Temp 32 to 58 F
Annual Precip 15.5 inches
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 22 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 35 to 56 F
Annual Precip 17.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dickinson, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lehigh (58601)

New Hradec (58601)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belfield 969 $71,202
Gladstone 366 $63,750
Richardton 662 $85,625
South Heart 295 $75,625
Taylor 221 $70,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dickinson Public Libraries

Dickinson Public Library
Dickinson, North Dakota
(701) 456-7700

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Dickinson Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(701) 456-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dickinson High Schools

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Serves 895 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

444 4TH ST W
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

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