Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota and a political and economic center for its area and state. The city’s population in 2010 was 61,272; today it’s around 73,000 and growing quickly. In 2017, Forbes named the city the seventh fastest-growing small city in the country. This population increase is reflective of the desirability and significance of Bismarck for North Dakota residents.
The economy of Bismarck is primarily built around retails, health care and government. As the state capital, the city houses a significant part of North Dakota’s bureaucracy. These are the largest employers in the city as of 2011:
- Sanford Health
- State of North Dakota
- St. Alexius Medical Center
- Bismarck Public Schools
- United States Government
- MDU Resources
In Bismarck, ND, the median listing price for a home is $375,000. The median square footage of listings is 1,576. This makes the price per square foot $238. Home values in Bismarck are 68 percent above the median for the nation. These are significantly higher than the medians for the state and Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city, reflecting the relative desirability of Bismarck.
Attractions and Culture
The North Dakota State Capitol is located at the center of the city. It’s the tallest building in the state. Bismarck houses a large park system including numerous hiking and exercise trails. These include Sertoma Park along the banks of the Missouri River and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, which includes a reconstruction of the historic fort of the same name.
The city is home to the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. They perform at the Belle Mehus Auditorium, a historic center for the arts. There are five golf courses in Bismarck. Apple Creek Country Club, Hawktree Golf Club, Riverwood Golf Club, and Tom O’Leary Golf Course feature 18 holes. Pebble Creek Golf Course is a nine-hole course. Hunting and fishing are popular recreational activities in the area. The Missouri River allows for year-round fishing.