North Dakota became the 39th state in 1889 and is the 47th largest state by population with about 750,000 residents. It is also the 17th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 70,700 square miles.
North Dakota and South Dakota became states on the same day. The order they were admitted is done alphabetically making North Dakota the 39th and South Dakota the 40th.
The name Dakota is a Sioux Indian word meaning "friend."
Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the North Dakota State Quarter.
North Dakota State Capital - Bismarck
State Nickname - The Prairie State
State Slogan - North Dakota has four nicknames:
(The Peace Garden State, The Flickertail State,
The Roughrider State and The Dakota State)
State Motto - "Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable"
State Flower - Wild Prairie Rose
State Tree - American Elm
State Bird - Western Meadowlark
State Fish - Northern Pike
Honorary State Equine - Nokota Horse
State Fossil - Teredo Petrified Wood
State Grass - Western Wheatgrass
State Dance - Square Dance
State Fruit - Chokecherry
State Beverage - Milk
Official State Web Site - www.nd.gov
North Dakota Hymn
The words were written by James W. Foley.
The music was composed by Dr. C.S. Putnam.
United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)