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About North Dakota - North Dakota is a northdakotaAbout NebraskaU.S. state, the northernmost of the Great Plains states in the Midwestern United States, although during the 19th century it was considered part of the Wild West. The Missouri River flows through the western part of the state, forming Lake Sakakawea behind the Garrison Dam.

Formerly part of Dakota Territory (named after the Dakota tribe of Native Americans), North Dakota became a state in 1889.

The state capital is Bismarck. The largest city in the state is Fargo. Large public universities are located at Grand Forks and Fargo.

Living in North Dakota

People of North Dakota - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2005, North Dakota has an estimated population of 636,677, which is an increase of 369, or 0.1%, from the prior year and a decrease of 5,527, or 0.9%, since the year 2000. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 10,283 people (that is 40,890 births minus 30,607 deaths) and a decrease due to net migration of 14,881 people out of the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 3,687 people, and migration within the country produced a net decrease of 18,568 people.

North Dakota ranks 47th of the 50 states in population, with fewer people only in Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming.

Race and ancestry

The racial makeup of the state

  • 91.7% White
  • 4.9% Native American
  • 1.2% Hispanic
  • 0.6% Asian
  • 0.6% Black
  • 1.2% Mixed race
  • The five largest ancestry groups in North Dakota are: German (43.9%), Norwegian (30.1%), Irish (7.7%), Native American (5%), Swedish (5%).

Most North Dakotans are of Northern European descent, especially Scandinavian and German. People of German ancestry are present throughout the state, especially the southern and central counties, and Scandinavians are also present throughout. A few counties have large Native American populations (principally on reservations). Individual counties in western and eastern North Dakota have the largest white, Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Polish and Hungarian percentages of any county.

6.1% of North Dakota's population were reported as under 5, 25% under 18, and 14.7% were 65 or older. Females made up approximately 50.1% of the population

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