Introduction to Minot, North Dakota

Minot, North Dakota, in Ward county, is 101 miles N of Bismarck, North Dakota and 442 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city is home to some 36,567 residents.

Minot History

Minot was founded in 1886. It was named in honor of H.D. Minot, a railroad investor. Minot was incorporated on June 28, 1887. The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad reached the city in 1893. In 1888, it became the county seat of Ward County, which was established on November 23, 1885.

Minot and nearby Attractions

  • Oak Park Shopping Center
  • Souris Valley Golf Course
  • Railroad Museum
  • Northwest Art Center
  • Ward County Historical Village
  • Roosevelt Park Zoo

Things To Do In Minot

While in Minot, visitors can plan a day trip to the Roosevelt Park Zoo. The Town and Country Shopping Center, Oak Park Shopping Center and Arrowhead Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers. Souris Valley Golf Course is a great place for golfers to play a round. Some of the local celebrations include the North Dakota State Fair, Souris Valley Garlic and Grape Festival, the North Dakota Horse Fest, Northern Neighbors Day and Norsk Hostfest.

Minot Transportation

Minot International Airport is nearby.

Minot Higher Education

The city is home to Minot State University. Bismarck State College, Northern State University and the University of Mary also provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 44,533
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 24,315
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.1%
Median Earnings25+ $35,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,724
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,284


Median Family Income $74,156
% Above Poverty Level 89.5%
% Below Poverty Level 10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 33.3%
Median Gross Rent $786
Median House Value $167,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15%
US/American 0%
English 5.8%
Irish 10.2%

Minot Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 101 miles N of Bismarck, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 442 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Ward
Standard Zip Codes 58701, 58703, 58704, 58705, 58768
P.O. Box Zip Codes 58702
Company Zip Codes 58707
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 48.232
Longitude -101.295

Minot Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MINOT AP
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 18 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 55 F
Annual Precip 18.4 inches
Distance 20.7 miles
Jan Temp -2 to 19 F
Apr Temp 30 to 55 F
Jul Temp 56 to 83 F
Oct Temp 33 to 57 F
Annual Precip 17.7 inches
Station VELVA 3 NE
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp -4 to 18 F
Apr Temp 28 to 55 F
Jul Temp 56 to 82 F
Oct Temp 30 to 57 F
Annual Precip 18.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Logan (58701)

Mafb (58704, 58705)

Minot A F B (58704, 58705)

Norwich (58768)

Ruthville (58701)

South Prairie (58701)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burlington 1,315 $74,821
Deering 109 $61,875
Des Lacs 223 $79,167
Glenburn 468 $75,000
Sawyer 305 $73,854
Surrey 1,027 $82,941

Minot Public Libraries

Minot Public Library
516 2ND AVE SW
Minot, North Dakota
(701) 852-1045
Library Web Site
Ward County Public Library
Minot, North Dakota
(701) 852-5388

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Minot Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(701) 857-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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