Bismarck city, North Dakota

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Bismarck city, North Dakota

Bismarck city, North Dakota
- Total:61.272 (2010)
- Density:1.976,5/sq mi (765,9/sq km)
Area code(s):701
Time zone:CST (UTC-6)
Summer Time zone:CDT (UTC-5)
- Total:32 sq mi (81 sq km)
- Land:31 sq mi (80 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (1 sq km)
- % water:1,23 %

Quick information summary of the Bismarck city area.

Bismarck city is located in the state of North Dakota. It occupies the area of 32 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 31 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Bismarck city lies at +46.8110381, -100.7701017 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 61.272 living in the Bismarck city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (92.4%), American Indian and Alaska Native (4.53%) and Two or More races (1.54%). Median age is 36 for the males and 40 for the females.

Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota and the second-largest city in the state, after Fargo. It is also the seat of Burleigh County. In 2010, the population of Bismarck was 61,272. The city is located on the Missouri River, across the river from Mandan, with which it makes the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area of 108,779 inhabitants.

Bismarck occupies an area of 31.23 square miles and lies in the Central Time Zone (UTC-6).The city was founded in 1872 and it has been a retail and healthcare hub ever since.

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Statistical data for the Bismarck city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
56,61692.40 %
Black or African American alone
4000.65 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,7734.53 %
Asian alone
3430.56 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
170.03 %
Some Other Race alone
1810.30 %
Two or More races
9421.54 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Bismarck city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Bismarck city part within the Subdivision
Burleigh County 81.308- Bismarck city part61.272
Bismarck city 61.272- Bismarck city part61.272

Profile of the Bismarck city

History of Bismarck

Before the first white settlers arrived to the area, present-day Bismarck was inhabited by the Mandan Native Americans. The city was founded in 1872 at the site of what was then called Missouri Crossing, because it was there that the Lewis and Clark expedition crossed the Missouri. After it was established, the new town was named Edwinton, after Edwin Ferry Johnson, who was the chief engineer of the Northern Pacific Railway. Since the new town had many residents of German ancestry, the town soon changed name to Bismarck, in honor of the famous chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck became the seat of Burleigh County in 1873 and experienced a rapid boom in 1874, after the discovery of gold in the Black Hills. However, Bismarck was known at the time as a town of outlaws, not exactly ideal for family life.

In 883, the territorial capital of Dakota was moved from Yankton to Bismarck. After the territory was split into two states, North Dakota and South Dakota, the state capital was supposed to be in Jamestown, however the residents of Bismarck strongly opposed to the idea and the capital remained in Bismarck. The State Capitol was completed in 1884.

The last decade of the 19th century was hard for Bismarck, not only because the agriculture-based economy was in a severe decline but also because of a great fire that destroyed much of the city in 1898. The new period of growth and development ensued after the fire, with projects such as Grand Pacific Hotel, Hotel McKenzie and Liberty Memorial Bridge. The economy in the city started growing rapidly again, especially the retail sector.

The old State Capitol was destroyed in a large fire in 1930 and the new art deco capitol was completed in 1934. The skyscraper is still the tallest building in North Dakota.

In 1952, the Missouri River rose and caused the worst flooding in the recent history of the city. The next year, Garrison Dam was closed and its completion led to the creation of the third-largest man-made lake in the United States, the Lake Sakakawea.

The downtown area, and especially the businesses located in it, experienced a period of decay in the second half of the 20th century, mostly due to the construction of major highways outside the city center, which caused many large companies to move away from downtown. The biggest impact on that area was the completion of the Kirkwood Mall. In the 1980s, many of the large retail businesses closed and left Bismarck. Fortunately, the new retail boom is currently taking place in the city, with many new national-level retailers coming to Bismarck.

Geography and Climate

Bismarck is located in south-central North Dakota, on the eastern bank of the Missouri river. The city lies in several butte-like hills over the river, at 1,700 feet above sea level.

The city has humid continental climate with strong semi-arid influences. The winters are long and cold, often snowy and windy, and the summers are hot and usually humid. The hottest month is July, however even then the temperature variations between day and night are quite wide.


According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Bismarck has 61,272 residents, of which 92.4% are Whites, 4.5% are Native Americans, 1.3% are Hispanics or Latinos, 0.7% are African Americans, 0.6% are Asians, 0.3% are from some other race and 1.5% are from two or more races.

The median household income in 2010 was $39,422 and the per capita income for the city was $20,789.


Bismarck has a generally strong and diversified economy. It is a major government, business and finance hub and also a major distribution center for the agricultural economy in the surrounding areas. The largest employers in the city are State of North Dakota, Medcenter One Health Systems, St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck Public Schools, U.S. Government, MDU Resources, Walmart, Aetna, City of Bismarck and Mid Dakota Clinic.


The Bismarck Public Schools system consists of sixteen elementary schools, three middle schools, two public high schools and one alternative high school. The institutions of higher education in the city include the University of Mary, Bismarck State College, United Tribes Technical College and a campus of the Rasmussen College.

Culture and Points of Interest

The main center for the arts in Bismarck is the Belle Mehus Auditorium, which hosts the performances of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, Northern Plains Dance and other acts. The city has several theatre companies, such as the Capitol Shakespeare Society, Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre and Dakota Stage Ltd.

The city has a large park system and a wide network of recreational trails, most of them operated by the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District. The Sertoma Park is one of the favorites of both the locals and the visitors, the Dakota Zoo, Super Slide Amusement Park several miles of bike trails. Another attraction worth mentioning is the Lewis and Clark Riverboat that offers cruises of the Missouri River.


As for the sports, Bismarck does not have a professional major league sports team but the locals are very passionate about their local teams - the Bismarck Bobcats (North American Hockey League) and the Dakota Wizards (NBA Development League).


The largest airport in Bismarck area is Bismarck Municipal Airport, served by Delta Air Lines, United Express and Allegiant Air. As for the railroad transportation, the city is served by BNSF Railway. The city used to be served by Amtrak but the company discontinued service to the city in 1979.

Major highways in Bismarck include I-94 and U.S. Route 83.

Statistical data for the Bismarck city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
56,61692.40 %
Black or African American alone
4000.65 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,7734.53 %
Asian alone
3430.56 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
170.03 %
Some Other Race alone
1810.30 %
Two or More races
9421.54 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
60,46098.67 %
Hispanic or Latino
8121.33 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
60,46098.67 %
White alone
56,15292.87 %
Black or African American alone
3930.65 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,6784.43 %
Asian alone
3400.56 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
160.03 %
Some Other Race alone
320.05 %
Two or More races
8491.40 %
Hispanic or Latino
8121.33 %
White alone
46457.14 %
Black or African American alone
70.86 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
9511.70 %
Asian alone
30.37 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
10.12 %
Some Other Race alone
14918.35 %
Two or More races
9311.45 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
15,62457.31 %
Husband-wife family
12,03377.02 %
Other family
3,59122.98 %
Male householder, no wife present
97927.26 %
Female householder, no husband present
2,61272.74 %
Nonfamily households
11,63942.69 %
Householder living alone
9,47781.42 %
Householder not living alone
2,16218.58 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Bismarck city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Bismarck city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Bismarck city center


  • Memorial Bridge [2.32 mi] [3.74 km]


  • Bismarck Civic Center [0.86 mi] [1.38 km]
  • Burleigh County Courthouse [0.68 mi] [1.1 km]
  • Bismarck Rural Fire Department [3.32 mi] [5.34 km]
  • Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library [0.64 mi] [1.03 km]
  • North Dakota State Library [0.78 mi] [1.25 km]
  • Swensen Hall [2.23 mi] [3.6 km]
  • Schafer Hall [2.33 mi] [3.75 km]
  • Sidney J Lee Auditorium [2.3 mi] [3.71 km]
  • Werner Hall [2.38 mi] [3.83 km]
  • Jack Science Center [2.3 mi] [3.7 km]
  • Tom And Frances Leach Music Center [2.32 mi] [3.74 km]
  • Horizon Building [2.22 mi] [3.57 km]
  • Bismarck Fire Department [1.01 mi] [1.63 km]


  • Saint Marys Cemetery [0.77 mi] [1.23 km]


  • Bismarck Community Church [0.91 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Calvary Free Lutheran Church [1.54 mi] [2.47 km]
  • Saint Mary's Catholic Church [0.55 mi] [0.88 km]
  • First Presbyterian Church [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Grace Lutheran Brethren Church [0.72 mi] [1.16 km]
  • First United Pentecostal Church [0.91 mi] [1.47 km]
  • Trinity Lutheran Church [0.79 mi] [1.27 km]
  • Calvary United Methodist Church [1.42 mi] [2.29 km]
  • Cathedral of the Holy Spirit [1.24 mi] [2 km]
  • Bible Baptist Church [0.23 mi] [0.37 km]
  • Saint George's Episcopal Church [0.73 mi] [1.18 km]
  • Open Door Baptist Church [0.52 mi] [0.84 km]
  • Faith Lutheran Church [0.07 mi] [0.11 km]
  • Gap Teen Church [0.67 mi] [1.08 km]
  • Zion Lutheran Church [0.71 mi] [1.14 km]
  • First Lutheran Church [0.58 mi] [0.93 km]
  • Church of the Cross [1.92 mi] [3.09 km]
  • Bismarck Evangelical Church [0.27 mi] [0.44 km]
  • First United Methodist Church [0.39 mi] [0.62 km]
  • McCabe United Methodist Church [0.72 mi] [1.15 km]
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church [0.96 mi] [1.55 km]
  • Lord of Life Lutheran Church [1.04 mi] [1.67 km]
  • Saint Anne Church [0.6 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Bismarck Baptist Church [0.88 mi] [1.42 km]
  • Faith Center Church of God [1.05 mi] [1.7 km]
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church [1.38 mi] [2.22 km]
  • Our Saviors Evangelical Lutheran Church [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Word of Faith Church [0.85 mi] [1.37 km]
  • First Baptist Church [1.2 mi] [1.93 km]
  • Religious Society of Friends [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Saint Paul Lutheran Church [1.19 mi] [1.92 km]
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship [0.99 mi] [1.59 km]
  • Living Hope Church of the Nazarene [1.17 mi] [1.88 km]
  • Church of Christ [1.64 mi] [2.64 km]
  • Church of Corpus Christi [1.44 mi] [2.31 km]


  • City of Bismarck [0.4 mi] [0.64 km]
  • Township of Captain's Landing [2.78 mi] [4.47 km]


  • Saint Alexius Medical Center [0.41 mi] [0.66 km]


  • Kirkwood Plaza Shopping Center [1.14 mi] [1.84 km]
  • Arrowhead Plaza [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Northbrook Shopping Center [1.58 mi] [2.54 km]


  • Dakota Zoo [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • Riverside Park [1.86 mi] [3 km]
  • Kiwanis Park [1.41 mi] [2.26 km]
  • Custer Park [1.22 mi] [1.97 km]
  • Hillside Park [0.44 mi] [0.71 km]
  • Bismarck Community Bowl [2.53 mi] [4.07 km]

Populated Place

  • Stardust Terrace [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]
  • Holiday Park [0.88 mi] [1.42 km]
  • Hi-loh Mobile Park [0.8 mi] [1.29 km]
  • Parkview Estates [1.47 mi] [2.37 km]
  • Terrace Heights Mobile Home Park [0.86 mi] [1.39 km]
  • Evas Mobile Home Court [0.33 mi] [0.52 km]
  • Chance Mobile Home Park [0.75 mi] [1.21 km]
  • Bismarck [0.67 mi] [1.08 km]
  • Hillcrest Acres [3.16 mi] [5.08 km]
  • Twin City Estates [3.59 mi] [5.78 km]


  • Wachter School [0.74 mi] [1.19 km]
  • Riverside School [1.56 mi] [2.51 km]
  • Saint Marys School [0.47 mi] [0.75 km]
  • Saint Joseph School [0.7 mi] [1.13 km]
  • Cathedral School [1.24 mi] [1.99 km]
  • Saxvik School [0.5 mi] [0.81 km]
  • Roosevelt School [1.41 mi] [2.27 km]
  • Bismarck High School [0.51 mi] [0.82 km]
  • Richolt School [0.15 mi] [0.25 km]
  • Hughes Junior High School [1.2 mi] [1.93 km]
  • Will-Moore School [0.75 mi] [1.2 km]
  • Saint Marys High School [0.93 mi] [1.5 km]
  • East Junior High School [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • Saint Anns School [0.61 mi] [0.97 km]
  • Highland Acres School [2.13 mi] [3.43 km]
  • North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy [2.27 mi] [3.65 km]
  • Pioneer School [0.68 mi] [1.09 km]
  • Bismarck State College [2.33 mi] [3.76 km]
  • Bismarck Vocational Center [2.2 mi] [3.54 km]
  • Northridge School [1.28 mi] [2.06 km]


  • KLXX-AM (Bismarck - Mandan) [3.14 mi] [5.06 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
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