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Bismarck is a city in Burleigh County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after the German chancellor.

The latitude of Bismarck is 46.808N. The longitude is -100.783W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,686 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 56,344.


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Median household income
Local
$39,422
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bismarck demographic reports
Bismarck is on the Missouri River.
The Lewis and Clark expedition spent its first winter near here in 1804. The explorers camped at an Indian village on the upper Missouri River.

Established in 1873 as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad's transcontinental line. Gold was discovered here in 1874.

In recent years, the city has grown as a regional health center.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 26. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 0.5 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 8 among small cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 5 among smaller metros for business and careers, by Forbes magazine, 2005
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • United Tribes International PowWow - Sept. 6-9, 2007
  • Capital A'Fair - Aug. 4-5, 2007
  • Bismarck Mandan GLBT Pride Fest - July 27-29, 2007
  • Festival of the Arts - Nov. 17, 2007
Dates often change. Check Bismarck web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra
Bismarck attractions: Dakota Zoo
Sports teams: Dakota Wizards (NBA D League)
Historic sites and museums: North Dakota Heritage Center, Camp Hancock State Historic Site, Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site, Steamboat Warehouse Historic Marker
Colleges and universities: University of Mary, Bismarck State College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 43
Quotes:
One cannot talk about the weather all the time, even in Bismarck.
-- An American Notebook
Philip Hamburger

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Ancestry & family history

46% of Bismarck residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bismarck ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bismarck was $20,789, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

29% of Bismarck residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Bismarck, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $416.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $955.


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Libraries in Bismarck include Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, North Dakota State Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Bismarck include Bismarck Tribune

TV stations in Bismarck include KBME, KBMY, KFYR, KNDX, KXMB.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCND.

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Burleigh County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bismarck political report.

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The average commute time for Bismarck workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bismarck between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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~ An American Notebook
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