Bismarck, ND Profile: Facts, Map & 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 72,334 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Bismarck, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 72,334
Daytime Population: Workers 54,808
Daytime Population: Residents 30,652
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 85,460
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.18
Population in Households 70,034
Population in Familes 51,025
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,300
Population Density2 2,288
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $55,919
Average Household Income $79,025
Per Capita Income $35,260


Total Housing Units 33,751 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,188 (53.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,013 (41.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,550 ( 4.6%)
Median Home Value $201,619
Average Home Value $224,940


Total Households 32,201
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 18,014
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.41% 2.28%
Households 2.41% 2.38%
Families 2.09% 2.11%
Median Household Income   3.18%
Per Capita Income   2.81%

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, 2017 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 # 8 98th
Diversity Index # 84 80th
Median Household Income # 248 38th
Per Capita Income # 175 57th

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