Bismarck, ND Profile: Facts & Data


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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 72,742 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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

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Bismarck, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 72,742
Population in Households 70,397
Population in Familes 51,441
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,345
Population Density2 2,301
Diversity Index3 21


Median Household Income $58,369
Average Household Income $79,088
Per Capita Income $35,445


Total Housing Units 34,172 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,954 (55.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,570 (39.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,647 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $216,898
Average Home Value $236,997


Total Households 32,525
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 18,048
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 2.19% 2.04%
Households 2.24% 2.17%
Families 1.85% 1.87%
Median Household Income   1.54%
Per Capita Income   1.88%

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, 2018 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 Density # 10 98th
Diversity Index # 74 82nd
Median Household Income # 249 38th
Per Capita Income # 193 52nd

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