Bismarck, North Dakota

capital of North Dakota, United States and seat of Burleigh County

Bismarck is the capital city of the U.S. state of North Dakota. It is also the county seat of Burleigh County. In 2020, 73,622 people lived there.[3] 133,626 people lived in the metropolitan area.

Bismarck, North Dakota
North Dakota State Library
Burleigh County Courthouse
Webb Brothers Block on East Main Avenue
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
Downtown Historic District
Old Governor's Mansion
Flag of Bismarck, North Dakota
Location within Burleigh County in North Dakota
Location within Burleigh County in North Dakota
Bismarck is located in North Dakota
Bismarck is located in the United States
Coordinates: 46°48′51″N 100°46′09″W / 46.81417°N 100.76917°W / 46.81417; -100.76917
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Dakota
FoundedMay 14, 1872
Named forOtto von Bismarck
 • State capital city35.18 sq mi (91.12 km2)
 • Land34.69 sq mi (89.83 km2)
 • Water0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)
Elevation1,745 ft (532 m)
 • State capital city73,622
 • RankUS: 500th
ND: 2nd
 • Density2,122.59/sq mi (819.54/km2)
 • Urban
98,198 (US: 316th)
 • Metro
134,846 (US: 306th)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code701
FIPS code38-07200
GNIS feature ID1035934[2]
Public transportationBis-Man Transit

Bismarck was founded in 1872. It is named in honor of the German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. It has been North Dakota's capital since it became a state in 1889.

Bismarck is on the east side of the Missouri River, directly across the river from Mandan.[4] The two cities make up most of the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The North Dakota State Capitol, the tallest building in the state, is in the center of Bismarck. The state government employs more than 4,000 in the city. Bismarck is the economic center of south-central North Dakota and north-central South Dakota with health care and retail businesses.


  1. "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bismarck, North Dakota
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2020 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Bismarck city, North Dakota". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 18, 2024.