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 46,194
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 26,364
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 46%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.8%
Median Earnings25+ $39,019
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $43,324
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,989


Median Family Income $78,607
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $860
Median House Value $184,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.2%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 9.8%

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

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 1,234 $77,853
Deering 122 $78,750
Des Lacs 228 $77,857
Glenburn 529 $72,188
Sawyer 336 $74,375
Surrey 1,054 $83,077

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

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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