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Did you know that the state of North Dakota is situated in the Upper Midwestern region of America? Did you know that there are 53 counties in the U.S. state of North Dakota? Did you know that North Dakota is the 39th state of the U.S. constitution? Read our facts sheet to find out more - they include a selection of trivia and interesting facts about North Dakota which will be helpful to students and teachers.

Fun Fact 1: The name North Dakota originated from the Sioux Indian word for friends, "Dakota"

Fun Fact 2: The state flag is a field of blue depicting a bald eagle with a shield upon its back, the shield displays the national colours; blue horizontally at the top and thirteen red and white vertical stripes. The eagle holds an olive branch in its left claw, representing peace and arrows in its right claw which symbolize the defence of liberty. A red banner is held in the eagle's beak it displays the American motto "E Pluribus Unum", which means "Out of Many, One". Above the banner thirteen stars fan below a sunburst. A red and yellow scroll sits at the base of the image with the words North Dakota written in white. The flag was officially adopted on March 3, 1911

Fun Fact 3: The Capital city of North Dakota is Bismarck

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 183,272 square kilometers or 70,700 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are three states that border North Dakota they are; Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota

Fun Fact 6: The North Dakota state nickname is "The Peace Garden State". The International Peace Garden is an area dedicated to world peace; it is situated on the North Dakota, Canadian border (Manitoba) and was dedicated on July 14, 1932

Fun Fact 7: The official State Song is called "North Dakota Hymn" it was written by James W. Foley and the music was arranged by Dr. C. S. Putnam. The song was first performed in 1927

Fun Fact 8: The three largest cities in North Dakota are Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks

Fun Fact 9: The State Motto is "Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable"

Fun Fact 10: A brief history of North Dakota - The region was acquired through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and by border treaty with Great Britain in 1818. Prior to 1889 North and South Dakota was one single territory. North Dakota became the 39th State to be admitted to the Constitution on November 2, 1889

Fun Fact 11: The abbreviation letters for the state of North Dakota are - N.D. The Postal Code abbreviation is - ND

Fun Fact 12: ND state symbols include; ND animal symbol - the Nokota Horse. ND state bird symbol - the Western Meadowlark. ND state flower symbol - the Wild Prairie Rose. ND State tree - the American Elm

Fun Fact 13: The State adopted the American Elm Tree (Ulmus Americana) as the official state tree in 1947. The largest American Elm Tree in the state measures 18.9 meters (62 ft) tall with a spread of 22.5 meters (74 ft)

Fun Fact 14: There are 35 lakes in North Dakota. The largest is the artificially created Lake Sakakawea (which is the third largest in US). The second largest, or the largest natural lake, is Devils Lake which is situated in County Ramsey and County Benson

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of North Dakota in 2012 was an estimated 699,628. This compares to a population of 319,146 filed on census from the year 1900

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