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.
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.
The city is served by the Bismarck Municipal Airport. The Capital Area Transit System provides bus transportation.
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.
Bismarck is home to the University of Mary, a satellite campus of Aakers College, Bismarck State College and the United Tribes Technical College.
Bismarck strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Dakota):
|Short Commute Times |
|Well-Paid Single Women |
|College Educated Adults |
|Low Violent Crime |
|Median Family Income |
|Affordability of Rents |
|People in Middle Class or Better |
|Well-Paid Single Men |
|Public Transportation Use |
Comparing Bismarck to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Dakota (State):
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|Age of the Population|
|Well-Paid Single Women|
|Well-Paid Single Men|
|Female Share of the Population|
|Male Share of the Population|
|Children Under 5 Years Old|
|Portion of People Married|
|Average Household Size|
|College Educated Adults|
|People in Middle Class or Better|
|People Above Poverty|
|Median Family Income|
|Short Commute Times|
|Working at Home|
|Walking and Biking to Work|
|Public Transportation Use|
|Affordability of Rents|
|People Living Alone|
|Seasonal and Vacation Housing|
|Housing Recently Built|
|Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals|
|Affordability of Property Taxes|
|Low Violent Crime|
|Low Property Crime|
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