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 Population19,962
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens14.5%
Employed Population 16+11,072
Age of the Population37


% of people married54.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.8%
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 Level90.7%
% Below Poverty Level9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone27.4%
Median Gross Rent$761
Median House Value$165,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.4%

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

Mandan Almanac

Nearest Medium City 4 miles W of Bismarck, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City388 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Metro AreaBismarck
Standard Zip Codes58554
Phone Area Codes701
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Mandan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 20 F
Apr Temp31 to 54 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp32 to 57 F
Annual Precip17 inches
Distance7.2 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
Distance22.9 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

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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
New Salem831$69,792

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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Mandan High Schools

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905 8TH AVE NW
Serves 1,093 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

701 16TH AVE SW
Serves 316 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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