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Bismarck, North Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Bismarck is the 2nd largest city in North Dakota with a population of 69,786 as of July 1, 2016. Bismarck ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bismarck is located at latitude 46.8121 and longitude -100.7701 in Burleigh County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bismarck (see map below) encompass a land area of 31.61 sq. miles and a water area of 0.38 sq. miles. Burleigh County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,696 feet.

The City of Bismarck (GNIS ID: 1035934) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bismarck population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bismarck: Bismark, Edwinton, The Crossing.

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Bismarck, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 69,786
Population in Households 67,524
Population in Familes 49,552
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,262
Population Density1 2,208
Diversity Index2 21


Total Households 31,141
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 17,620
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 32,991 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,347 (55.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,795 (38.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,850 ( 5.6%)
Median Home Value $195,559
Average Home Value $216,448


Median Household Income $54,545
Average Household Income $77,684
Per Capita Income $34,727
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.22% 2.09%
Households 2.26% 2.22%
Families 2.06% 2.03%
Median Household Income   1.47%
Per Capita Income   1.45%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Bismarck, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bismarck to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 8 98th
Diversity Index2 # 88 79th
Median Household Income # 240 40th
Per Capita Income # 152 62nd

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