Background: Minnewaukan, North Dakota,
Author Gerry Dincher

Discovering and Moving to North Dakota

Moving to North Dakota

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of North Dakota

Coming in 48th out of 50 U.S. states in population numbers, North Dakota remains unspoiled with industrialization and is a leader in agriculture known for its sheer farmland acreage mostly devoted to growing wheat, soybeans, sunflowers, flax and cattle. The state's severe weather extremes, range from hot summers to forbidding and stark winters, is typically cited as being the main reason for the relative under population of the state

On the reverse side of the coin, a 2011 Businessweek poll ranked the Fargo region as the No. 1 most affordable spot to live in North America, citing the cost of living, affordable housing and availability of jobs as the major reasons for being attractive, along with low crime rate, air quality and the quality of education. Major employers in North Dakota include the federal and state governments, schools, health insurance companies, and hospitals which can be found mostly in the larger populated areas of Bismarck and Fargo

North Dakota was explored in 17381740 by French Canadians led by Sieur de la Verendrye. In 1803, the U.S. acquired most of North Dakota from France in the Louisiana Purchase. Lewis and Clark explored the region in 18041806, and the first settlements were made at Pembina in 1812 by Scottish and Irish families while this area was still in dispute between the U.S. and Great Britain. In 1818, the U.S. obtained the northeast part of North Dakota by treaty with Great Britain and took possession of Pembina in 1823. However, the region remained largely unsettled until the construction of the railroad in the 1870s and 1880s.


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