Introduction to Mandan, North Dakota

Mandan, North Dakota, in Morton county, is 4 miles W of Bismarck, North Dakota and 388 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city is located in the Bismarck metropolitan area.

Mandan History

Mandan became the county seat of Morton County in 1881. The city was founded in 1873 and was surveyed for the Northern Pacific Railway. It was named after a local Native American tribe. In 1883, a railroad bridge was established connecting Bismarck to Mandan. In its initial years, the city developed as a railroad and agricultural center.

Mandan and nearby Attractions

  • North Dakota State Railroad Museum
  • Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
  • Raging Rivers Waterpark
  • Huff Hills Ski Area
  • Prairie West Golf Course
  • Dakota Zoo

Things To Do In Mandan

Mandan is home to the North Dakota State Railroad Museum. The Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park offers facilities for camping, hiking, fishing, biking and horseback riding. It also includes scenic picnic areas. One can also visit the North Dakota Heritage Center and the De Mores State Historic Site from mandan. Local festivals include the Art in the Park Festival, Fort Lincoln Festival, Rodeo Days and Buggies 'n Blues.

Mandan Transportation

Minot International is the nearest major airport.

Mandan Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Bismarck State College, Minot State University and the University of Mary.


Total Population 19,962
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 11,072
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 54.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.8%
Median Earnings25+ $38,135
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,964
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,637


Median Family Income $76,135
% Above Poverty Level 90.7%
% Below Poverty Level 9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 27.4%
Median Gross Rent $761
Median House Value $165,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.4%
US/American 0%
English 4.2%
Irish 6%

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

Mandan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles W of Bismarck, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 388 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Morton
Metro Area Bismarck
Standard Zip Codes 58554
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.826
Longitude -100.889

Mandan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 32 to 57 F
Annual Precip 17 inches
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 21 F
Apr Temp 31 to 56 F
Jul Temp 56 to 85 F
Oct Temp 32 to 58 F
Annual Precip 16.8 inches
Station WILTON
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 17 F
Apr Temp 31 to 52 F
Jul Temp 56 to 80 F
Oct Temp 33 to 55 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fort Rice (58554)

Huff (58554)

Saint Anthony (58554)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bismarck 66,980 $79,743
Lincoln 3,093 $64,773
New Salem 831 $69,792
Wilton 921 $73,750

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

Mandan Public Libraries

Mandan Public Library
Mandan, North Dakota
(701) 667-3256
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Morton County Library
Mandan, North Dakota
(701) 667-3327

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Serves 1,093 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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Serves 316 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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