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Overview

Introduction to Bismarck North Dakota

Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota and is situated on the Missouri Plateau in Burleigh County. The city features the historic neighborhood known as the Cathedral District. Primarily due to manufacturing, health care and retail businesses, Bismarck is recognized as the economic nucleus of south-central North Dakota.

History

The area was established in 1872 and named Edwinton as a tribute to Edwin M. Johnson, who was a prominent engineer for the Northern Pacific Railway company. Before a year went by the town was renamed Bismarck after the German chancellor Otto Von Bismarck in order to entice German immigrants to move to the town. The city experienced significant growth beginning in 1874 due to gold being discovered in the Black Hills. Bismarck was established as the capital of North Dakota in 1889.

The vast majority of the city was destroyed by a fire in 1898. Two noteworthy luxurious hotels, the Grand Pacific Hotel and the Hotel McKenzie were built during the rebuilding process. In 1930 the capital building was ruined by a fire. The new capital building was finished in 1934 and dominated the landscape. Bismarck prospered and had significant growth throughout the 1950's.

Transportation

The city is served by the Bismarck Municipal Airport. The Capital Area Transit System provides bus transportation.

Activities

The Missouri River is a popular fishing location. There are numerous parks in the city. The Lewis and Clark Riverboat is a paddle wheel riverboat which provides cruises on the Missouri River.

Attractions

  • Sertoma Park
  • Bismarck Art and Galleries Association
  • Buckstop Junction Missouri Valley Fairgrounds
  • Camp Hancock
  • Chief Looking's Village
  • The Dakota Zoo
  • Ft. Abraham Lincoln Sate Park
  • The Double Ditch Indian Village showcases the remains of a Mandan Indian earth lodge village
  • The Old Governor's Mansion is a Victorian style home and carriage house and has been designated a state historic site
  • North Dakota Heritage Center is the largest museum in North Dakota. It features Indian artifacts, agricultural and military history. The Sakakawea Statue is situated close to the entrance of the center. Sakakawea was a guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • North Dakota State Capital was constructed with unique types of wood and materials brought from numerous states and countries.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Hall of Fame is located in the State Capital.

Higher Education

Bismarck is home to the University of Mary, a satellite campus of Aakers College, Bismarck State College and the United Tribes Technical College.

Demographics

People

Total Population68,981
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+37,907
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married49.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34.5%
Median Earnings25+$40,566
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,698
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,948

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,006
% Above Poverty Level91.3%
% Below Poverty Level8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone33.3%
Median Gross Rent$798
Median House Value$205,500

Ancestry

Norwegian18.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.7%
Irish6.8%
Russian6%
English4.3%
Swedish3%
French Except Basque2.3%
Polish1.6%
Czech1.4%
Italian1.1%
Scottish1%
Dutch1%
Danishn0.8%
Ukrainian0.7%
African0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Swiss0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Haitian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Icelander0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Belgian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Greek0.1%
Slovene0.1%
German0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Bismarck Almanac

CategoryValue
County Burleigh County
Standard Zip Codes58501, 58503, 58505, 58504
P.O. Box Zip Codes58502, 58506, 58507
Phone Area Codes701
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude46.82
Approximate Longitude-100.7

Bismarck Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBISMARCK MUNICIPAL AP
Distance2.7 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 21 F
Apr Temp31 to 56 F
Jul Temp56 to 85 F
Oct Temp32 to 58 F
Annual Precip16.8 inches
StationWILTON
Distance23.6 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 17 F
Apr Temp31 to 52 F
Jul Temp56 to 80 F
Oct Temp33 to 55 F
Annual Precip18.2 inches
StationMOFFIT 3 SE
Distance27.6 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 21 F
Apr Temp31 to 57 F
Jul Temp57 to 85 F
Oct Temp33 to 60 F
Annual Precip16.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Lincoln3,311$70,764
Mandan20,613$81,259
Wilton936$76,875

Bismarck Public Libraries

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library
515 N 5TH STREET
Bismarck, North Dakota
(701) 355-1480

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Bismarck Hospitals

St Alexius Medical Center
(Non-profit)
900 E Broadway
(701) 530-7000
Sanford Bismarck
(Non-profit)
300 N 7th St
(701) 323-6000

Bismarck Public Schools

Roosevelt Elementary School
613 W Avenue B
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4240
Primary
Total Enrollment 134
Rita Murphy Elementary School
611 N 31st St
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4190
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Bismarck Tech Center
1200 College Dr
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4340
Legacy High School
806 Washington St
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4850
Other
Total Enrollment 523
Saxvik Elementary School
523 N 21st St
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4250
Primary
Total Enrollment 207
Robert Place Miller Elementary School
1989 N 20th St
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4170
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Highland Acres Elementary School
1200 Prairie Dr
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4160
Primary
Total Enrollment 131
Bismarck Career Acad
1221 College Dr
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4340
Bismarck High School
800 N 8th St
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4800
High
Total Enrollment 1419
Pioneer Elementary School
1400 Braman Ave
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4220
Primary
Total Enrollment 267
Bismarck Spec Ed Unit
806 N Washington St
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4028
Northridge Elementary School
1727 N 3rd St
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4210
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Simle Middle School
1215 N 19th St
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4600
Middle
Total Enrollment 869
Grimsrud Elementary School
716 W St Benedict Dr
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4150
Primary
Total Enrollment 235
Will-moore Elementary School
400 E Avenue E
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4270
Primary
Total Enrollment 247
Becep Center
720 N 14th St
ZIP: 58501
(701) 323-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Naughton Elementary School
9101 123rd Ave Ne
ZIP: 58503
(701) 673-3119
Primary
Total Enrollment 8
Burleigh County Spec Ed Unit
4007 State St Ste 101
ZIP: 58503
(701) 258-6299
Liberty Elementary School
5400 Onyx Dr
ZIP: 58503
(701) 323-4320
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Sunrise Elementary School
3800 Nickerson Ave
ZIP: 58503
(701) 323-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 580
Century High School
1000 E Century Ave
ZIP: 58503
(701) 323-4900
High
Total Enrollment 1424
Horizon Middle School
500 Ash Coulee Dr
ZIP: 58503
(701) 323-4550
Middle
Total Enrollment 917
Centennial Elementary School
2800 Ithica Dr
ZIP: 58503
(701) 323-4290
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Jeannette Myhre Elementary School
919 S 12th St
ZIP: 58504
(701) 323-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
South Central Alternative High School
406 S Anderson St
ZIP: 58504
(701) 323-4520
High
Total Enrollment 99
Victor Solheim Elementary School
325 Munich Dr
ZIP: 58504
(701) 323-4260
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Wachter Middle School
1107 S 7th St
ZIP: 58504
(701) 323-4650
Middle
Total Enrollment 857
Prairie Rose Elementary School
2200 Oahe Bend
ZIP: 58504
(701) 323-4280
Primary
Total Enrollment 163
Apple Creek Elementary School
2000 93rd St Se
ZIP: 58504
(701) 223-7349
Primary
Total Enrollment 58
Dorothy Moses Elementary School
1312 S Columbia Dr
ZIP: 58504
(701) 323-4180
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Theodore Jamerson Elementary School
3315 University Drive
ZIP: 58504
(701) 255-3285
Primary
Manning Elementary School
10500 Hwy 1804 S
ZIP: 58504
(701) 223-0082
Primary
Total Enrollment 16

Bismarck Private Schools

Martin Luther School
413 E Avenue D
ZIP: 58501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
St Mary Central High School
1025 N 2nd St
ZIP: 58501
Secondary
Total Enrollment 349
St Anne School
1315 N 13th St
ZIP: 58501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 211
Missouri Valley Montessori Preschool
200 W Turnpike Ave
ZIP: 58501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 88
Cathedral Of The Holy Spirit School
508 Raymond St
ZIP: 58501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 230
Brentwood Adventist Christian School
9111 Wentworth Dr
ZIP: 58503
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Shiloh Christian School
1915 Shiloh Dr
ZIP: 58503
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 319
Dakota Adventist Academy
15905 Sheyenne Cir
ZIP: 58503
Secondary
Total Enrollment 38
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