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North Dakota

North Dakota is a large, sparsely populated state. It was settled mainly by farmers of Scandinavian and German descent. North Dakota's population has scarcely changed since 1915, but its urban-to-rural ratio has changed dramatically over the years. One-sixth of the people in the State live in Fargo, and that figure is growing all the time.

For more than a decade, the State has had a strong economy, with unemployment lower than the national average, job and population growth, and low housing vacancies. Much of the growth has been based on development of the Bakken oil shale fields in the western part of the state, but it has also had growth in the technology and service sectors.

North Dakota's earliest industries were fur trading and agriculture. Although less than 10% of the population is employed in the agricultural sector, it remains a major part of the state's economy, ranking 9th in the nation in the value of crops and 18th in total value of agricultural products sold. North Dakota has about 90% of its land area in farms with 27,500,000 acres of cropland, the third largest in the nation.

Water Bodies

  • Alkali Lake
  • Alkaline Lake
  • Brush Lake
  • Cannonball River
  • Cedar Creek
  • Des Lacs River
  • Devils Lake
  • Dry Lake
  • Forest River
  • Garrison Lake
  • Golden Lake
  • Green River
  • Harker Lake
  • Heart River
  • Horsehead Lake
  • James River
  • Knife River
  • Lake Alice
  • Lake Arthur
  • Lake Ashtabula
  • Lake Darling
  • Lake Elsie
  • Lake Isabella
  • Lake Jamestown
  • Lake Metigoshe
  • Lake Oahe
  • Lake Sakakawea
  • Lake Tschida
  • Lake Williams
  • Little Muddy Creek
  • Long Lake
  • Long Lake - Turtle Mountains
  • Maple River
  • Pembina River
  • Pipestem River
  • Red Willow Lake
  • Rice Lake
  • Rush Lake
  • Sheyenne River
  • Souris River
  • Spring Creek
  • Stump Lake
  • Sweetwater Lake
  • Tobacco Garden Creek
  • Tongue River
  • Turtle River
  • Upper Harker Lake
  • White Earth River
  • Wild Rice River
  • Wood Lake

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