- Bismarck, North Dakota
official_name = City of Bismarck
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Bismarck in Burleigh County,
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Burleigh
established_title = Founded
established_date = 1872
area_total_sq_mi = 27.4
area_total_km2 = 71.0
area_land_sq_mi = 26.9
area_land_km2 = 69.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.5
area_water_km2 = 1.3
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 58333
population_metro = 98000
population_density_km2 = 797.4
population_density_sq_mi = 2065.2
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
latd = 46 |latm = 48 |lats = 48 |latNS = N
longd = 100 |longm = 46 |longs = 44 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 514
elevation_ft = 1686
website = http://www.bismarck.org
postal_code = 58501-58507
area_code = 701
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 38-07200GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1035849GR|3
Bismarck is the
capitalof the U.S. stateof North Dakota, the county seatof Burleigh County,GR|6 and the second most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. Its population was estimated at 58,333 in July 2006. Its metropolitan population was 94,719 in 2000, but was estimated in 2006 to have grown to 103,242. [ [http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/SUB-EST2006-4.html Population Estimates for All Places: 2000 to 2006 ] ] Bismarck was founded in 1872. Bismarck has been North Dakota's capital since it gained statehood in 1889.
Bismarck sits on the
Missouri Plateaudirectly across the Missouri Riverfrom Mandan. The two cities make up the core urban area of the " Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area"
North Dakota State Capitol, the tallest building in the state, towers over the central part of Bismarck. The state government employs many people within the city. As a hub of manufacturing, retail trade, and health care, Bismarck is the economic center of a large portion of south-central North Dakota.
The city that would become present day Bismarck was founded in 1872 under the name "Edwinton." This original name was in honor of
Edwin M. Johnson, a chief engineer for the Northern Pacific Railwaycompany. In 1873, the city's name was changed to "Bismarck" in honor of the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The new name was introduced by the Northern Pacific Railway company in an effort to attract German immigrants to settle in the city. However, the discovery of gold in the nearby Black Hillsin 1874 was the first real impetus for growth. In 1883, Bismarck became the capital of the Dakota Territoryand, in 1889, of the state of North Dakota.
Bismarck is located at coor dms|46|48|48|N|100|46|44|W|city (46.813343, -100.779004)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 71.0 km²(27.4 mi²). 69.6 km² (26.9 mi²) of it is land and 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²) of it (1.90%) is water.
North Dakota State Capitolcomplex is located just north of downtown Bismarck. The 19-story Art DecoCapitol building is the tallest building in the city at 241.75 feet (74 m). The Capitol building towers over the central part of the city and is easily seen from 20 miles (30 km) away on a clear day. Completed during the Great Depressionin 1934, it replaced an earlier capitol building which burned to the ground in 1930. The Capitol grounds also house the North Dakota Heritage Center, the North Dakota State Library, the North Dakota Governor's Residence, the State Office Building, and the Liberty Memorial Building. The North Dakota State Penitentiaryis located in eastern Bismarck. Bismarck is also the home of the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, a 66-bed house for the homeless.
Downtown Bismarck is located near the center of the city. The downtown area is rather distinctive because the city's major shopping center,
Kirkwood Mall, is located there instead of in a suburban setting. Several other major retail stores are located in the vicinity of Kirkwood Mall, as is the Bismarck Civic Center. Downtown is also home to both Medcenter One Health Systemsand St. Alexius Medical Center. The streets of downtown Bismarck are lined with small stores and restaurants.
The Cathedral District is a historic neighborhood located near downtown Bismarck. The neighborhood gets its name from the
art decoCathedral of the Holy Spirit located within the district. Some homes in this neighborhood date back to the 1880s, although many were built in the first decades of the 20th century. For years, the city has put forth controversial proposals to widen the streets in the neighborhood, but any such project would require the removal of many of the towering American elms which line the streets.
Much of the recent commercial and residential growth in the city of Bismarck has taken place on the northern side of the city, due in large part to expanding retail shops. Shopping centers in this area include the Gateway Mall, Northbrook Mall, Arrowhead Plaza, and the new Pinehurst Square "power center" mall.
Located in the
Great Plainsbetween the Rocky Mountainsand the Great Lakes, Bismarck possesses a climate similar to both locations. The climate is characterized by long, cold winters with average snowfall. Summers are warm, and frequently hot and humid. Thunderstorms occur in spring and summer, but in general, the Bismarck climate is quite dry.
The warmest month in Bismarck is July, where high and low temperatures average 75°F (29 °C) and 56 °F (14 °C) respectively. The coldest month is January, at 21 °F (-6 °C) and -1 °F (-18 °C). The wettest month is June, with 65.8 mm (2.59 in) of precipitation, and the driest month is December, averaging just 11 mm (0.44 in). The city receives an average of around convert|17|in|mm of rain per year, and convert|41|in|mm of snow per season.
2000= 55532As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 55,532 people, 23,185 households, and 14,444 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 797.4/km² (2,065.2/mi²). There were 24,217 housing units at an average density of 347.7/km² (900.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.78% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 3.39% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 23,185 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city, the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The median income per household in the city was $39,422, and the median income per family was $51,477. Males had a median income of $33,804 versus $22,647 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $20,789. About 5.7% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.
Law and government
Bismarck uses the city commission style of municipal government. Citizens elect five at-large city commissioners. The president of the city commission also fills the office of mayor of the city. The current mayor of Bismarck is
John Warford. The city commission meets every second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
With over 4,300 employees, the state government of
North Dakotais the largest employer in Bismarck. Bismarck's two major health care providers, Medcenter One Health Systemsand St. Alexius Medical Center, together employ about 4,100 people. Other major employers in Bismarck include Bobcat/ Ingersoll Rand, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck Public Schools, Midwest Motor Express, and the United States Federal Government. [ [http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-Midwest/Bismarck-Economy.html Information about Bismarck economy] ]
Bismarck is also the home of
MDU Resources Group. As of 2007, the company was ranked as number 519 on the Fortune 1000list. It is believed that the company will enter the Fortune 500list in the near future, which would make it the only such company based in North Dakota.
Bismarck Public Schoolssystem has 15 elementary schools, three middle schools, two public high schools (Century High and Bismarck High), one alternative high school (South Central High School), and two private high schools ( St. Mary's Central High Schooland Shiloh Christian). The system educates 10,400 students and employs 1,500 people.
Bismarck is home to several colleges and a university. The
University of Maryis the largest degree-granting institution in the city of Bismarck. It is a four-year university operated by the Sisters of St. Benedict. Bismarck State College, a two-year public college, is a member of the North Dakota University System. Bismarck is also home to United Tribes Technical College(a two-year tribal college) and a satellite campus of Rasmussen College(a two-year private college).
Belle Mehus Auditorium, a historic building dating back to 1914 and located in downtown Bismarck, is a center for the arts in the metropolitan area. Northern Plains Dance and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestrahold their performances there. Theatre companies in Bismarck include Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre [ [http://shst.org/ Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre website] ] , the Shade Tree Players [ [http://shadetreeplayers.com/ Shade Tree Players website] ] children's theater group, Dakota Stage Ltd [ [http://www.dakotastageltd.com/ Dakota Stage Ltd website] ] , University of Mary, and Bismarck State College, along with the various high school groups. The Gannon and Elsa Forde Art Galleries are located at Bismarck State College. The Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra, founded in 2000, is the community's newest orchestra and performs a variety of musical genres.
Bismarck has a large park system and an extensive network of exercise trails. The
Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, established in 1927, operates many parks, swimming pools, and several golf courses within the city. Sertoma Park is one of the best known parks in Bismarck, spanning more than three miles (5 km) along the banks of the Missouri River. Along with four miles (6 km) of biking trails, Sertoma Park is also home to the Dakota Zooand Super Slide Amusement Park. In total, the Parks and Recreation District operates approximately 2,300 acres (9 km²) of public park land. [ [http://www.bisparks.org/Facilities/Parkinfo.asp Information about Bismarck Parks and Recreation District] ]
Bismarck is also home to five golf courses: four 18-hole courses (Apple Creek Country Club, Hawktree Golf Club, Riverwood Golf Course, and
Tom O'Leary Golf Course) and one 9-hole course (Pebble Creek Golf Course).
Hunting and fishing are also common activities in the area. Hunting seasons for deer, pheasant, and waterfowl are popular. Meanwhile, fishing is a year-round sport with the Missouri River running through the Bismarck-Mandan community. There are public docks on the Missouri. The north location is at the "Port of Bismarck," which is also home to the Lewis and Clark Riverboat. The next location is the Fox Island landing, which is located about half a mile southwest of Riverwood Golf Course. Further south is the Bismarck Parks and Recreation-operated General Sibley Park, which includes a boat ramp and picnic area. With the recent popularity of poker, the Bis-Man Poker Club [http://www.bismanpokerclub.com] has become another popular pastime.
The Bismarck area is also home to several dammed lakes, including
McDowell Dam Lake, located six miles (10 km) east of the city, two dammed lakes located west of Mandan on I-94, and the man-made Lake Sakakawea, located 70 miles (110 km) north of Bismarck, which was formed by the Garrison Damproject.
*In February 2007, Bismarck broke the U.S. world record for most
snow angels made in one place. A total of 8,962 participants showed up to the capitol grounds for the event.
Bismarck is a regional center for health care. The city has two hospitals:
Medcenter One Health Systems(238-bed) and St. Alexius Medical Center(285-bed). Opened in 1885, St. Alexius was the first hospital in Dakota Territoryand is the oldest health care provider in the state of North Dakota. Both St. Alexius and Medcenter One have joined forces to form the Bismarck Cancer Center. [ [http://www.bismarckcancercenter.com/ Bismarck Cancer Center website] ]
The only daily newspaper in Bismarck is the "
Bismarck Tribune". The paper was established in 1873 and is the oldest continuing business in the area. The "Tribune" is the official newspaper of the city of Bismarck, Burleigh County, and the state of North Dakota. [ [http://www.bismarcktribune.com/home/contactus/ "Bismarck Tribune" information] ] The daily newspapers of other major cities in North Dakota are also available at area newsstands.
There are six
television stationsbased in Bismarck, and all of them have rebroadcasters in Minot, Williston, and Dickinson. The stations include:
*KBME channel 3/ATSC channel 22 (
*KFYR channel 5/ATSC ch. 31 (
KXMBchannel 12/ATSC ch. 23 ( CBS)
*KBMY channel 17/
ATSCch. 16 (ABC)
KNDXchannel 26 (Fox)
K46DYchannel 46 (TBN)
Bismarck also carries
KWMK, an affiliate of The CW, on cable channel 14, as well as a public accesschannel, Community Access Television, on cable channel 12.
Bismarck is home to a number of radio stations. All of the commercial stations are owned by either
Clear Channel Communicationsor Cumulus Media. Many of the lower frequency stations are broadcasters of national Christian radionetworks. The local stations include:
KBMK88.3 FM (Contemporary Christian music) K-Lovenetwork affiliate
K204FG88.7 FM (Christian) BBN translator
KGCD89.1 FM (Contemporary Christian music) K-Loveaffiliate for nearby Lincoln
KNRI89.7 FM (Christian rock) Air 1affiliate
K211EG90.1 FM (Christian) Rejoice Radiotranslator
KCND90.5 FM ( Public Radio) Prairie Public
K216FK91.1 FM ( Spanish languageChristian) La Nueva Radio CristianaTranslator
KBFR91.7 FM (Christian) American Family Radioaffiliate
KYYY92.9 FM ( Adult Contemporary) "Y93"
KBEP-LP93.7 FM (Christian) 3ABNaffiliate
KQDY94.5 FM (Country) "KQ 94.5"
KBYZ96.5 FM ( Classic rock) "The Fox"
KKCT97.5 FM (Top 40) "Hot 97-5"
KACL98.7 FM ( Oldies) "Cool 98.7"
*K259AF 99.7 FM (Country) KQDY translator "KQ 94.5"
KLBE-LP100.7 FM (Christian rock) "Club Radio"
KSSS101.5 FM ( Classic rock) "Rock 101"
KUSB103.3 FM (Country) "US 103.3"
KNDR104.7 FM (Contemporary Christian music)
KJIT-LP106.7 FM ( Contemporary Christian music) Radio 74affiliate
*KFYR 550 AM (News/Talk/Sports) "K-Fire"
KXMR710 AM (Sports) "ESPN 710"
KBMR1130 AM ( Classic country)
KLXX1270 AM (Talk)
KDKT1410 AM (Sports) " Fox Sports Radio1410"
*WQDL503 1610 AM (
Traveler's Information Station), North Dakota Department of Transportation
Because of its central location within
North Dakota, Bismarck has become a major transportation hub for the central part of the state. Bismarck Municipal Airportis located south of the city and has the largest passenger volume in western North Dakota and the second highest within the state. The airport's main airline is Northwest, although it is also served by United Expressand Allegiant Air. A new $15 million dollar terminal opened in May 2005. The previous terminal had been in use for over 40 years.
BNSF Railwayruns east-west through the city. There has not been Amtrakservice in Bismarck since North Coast Hiawatha service ended in 1979. The closest Amtrak station is in Minot, north of Bismarck, where the Empire Builderline runs.
Two federal highways pass through Bismarck.
Interstate 94runs east and west through the metropolitan area and connects Bismarck and Mandan. U.S. Route 83runs north and south through the northern half of Bismarck until merging with Interstate 94. U.S. Route 83 doesn't split away from Interstate 94 again until roughly 25 miles (40 km) east of the Bismarck.
In May 2004, "Capital Area Transit" System (or "CAT") was launched. [ [http://bismantransit.com/_wsn/page2.html Capital Area Transit information] ] This public bus system is operated by the Bis-Man Transit Board and includes eleven routes throughout the
Bismarck-Mandanmetropolitan area. Bis-Man Transit also offers a taxi service for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Like in many other cities, athletics (both non-professional and professional) are popular activities in the Bismarck community.
High school and college sports dominate the local athletics landscape. The athletic teams at the two public Bismarck high schools,
Bismarck High Schooland Century High School, are known as "The Demons" and "The Patriots" respectively. The athletic teams at St. Mary's Central High School, a local Catholic high school, are known as "The Saints." The teams at Bismarck State Collegeare called "The Mystics" and compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association. The teams at the University of Maryare called "The Marauders" and compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Bismarck has an American Legionbaseball team called the Governors.
The fall season is dominated by football, both high school and college. Several high schools in the area have a football rivalry with each other. The University of Mary added the sport in 1988. Most games are played in the Community Bowl. Popular sports during the winter months include ice hockey, wrestling and basketball. During the spring season, baseball is one of the top non-professional sports in the city with all high schools, BSC, and U-Mary providing teams. U-Mary also has a softball team. Another popular high school and college sport during the spring months is track and field. The summer months see no high school or college athletics, but the city is home to American Legion baseball and auto racing. The July 4th holiday is the also the height of rodeo time with rodeos held in both Mandan and Bismarck during the period. Summer months also see another popular sport in Bismarck, slow-pitch softball. Bismarck is the home of the world's largest charity softball tournament, the Sam McQuade Charity Softball tournament that hosts 400+ teams from all over the United States and Canada.
Professional teams in Bismarck include the
Dakota Wizardsof the NBA Development Leagueand the Bismarck Bobcatsof the North American Hockey League. Pro sports are a recent development in the area. Both the semi-pro Bobcats and pro Wizards took root in the mid to late 1990s. The Wizards won titles during their IBA and CBA days and are the current champions of the NBA Development League. Bismarck has also been the home of two indoor pro football teams, but both teams quickly left the city after start-up. Bismarck also had a pro baseball team, the Dakota Rattlers that relocated after several seasons in Bismarck.
The Bobcats are actually Junior players (20 and under, sometimes 21 if waivered). If they were professional or semi-pro they would not be able to go on to play college.
Neal Behrend- reproductive science expert at the University of Pennsylvania
Neil Churchill- car dealer, former Bismarck mayor, and early supporter of integrated baseball
Kent Conrad- current United States Senatorfrom North Dakota
John Hoeven- current Governor of North Dakota
Thomas S. Kleppe- former Bismarck mayor, Secretary of the Interior
Bill Mitzel- North Dakota Hall of Fame Angler; Publisher, " Dakota Country Magazine"
Art Link- former Governor of North Dakota
Ed Schafer- former Governor of North Dakota, current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
John Warford- current mayor of Bismarck
* [http://www.bismarck.org City of Bismarck official website]
* [http://www.bismarckmandancvb.com Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau website]
* [http://www.bismarckairport.com Bismarck Municipal Airport website]
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