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 1738–1740 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 1804–1806, 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.
North Dakota Colleges.
The state has 11 public colleges and universities, five tribal community colleges, and four private schools. The largest institutions are North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.
Bismarck was home of the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, and currently hosts the Bismarck Bucks of the Champions Indoor Football. NCAA has two NCAA Division I
teams, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and North Dakota State Bison, and two Division II teams, the Mary Marauders and Minot State Beavers. The North Dakota High School
Activities Association features over 25,000 participants. Outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing are hobbies for many North Dakotans. Ice fishing, skiing, and
snowmobiling are also popular during the winter months. Residents of North Dakota may own or visit a cabin along a lake. Popular sport fish include walleye, perch, and
North Dakota Airports.
There are 90 airports in North Dakota for public use. The international airports in North Dakota do not receive international flights but have customs services in their US
at their terminals. North Dakota Airports have a friendly service to make their journey easier.
The international airports in North Dakota are Hector International Airport at Fargo, Grand Forks International Airport at Grand Forks, Minot International Airport at Minot
and Sloulin International Airport at Williston. In addition to these international airports in North Dakota, there is also a general aviation international airport in North
Dakota. This is the International Peace Garden Airport in Dunseith. Most of these international airports in North Dakota have no scheduled flights outside the United States
but are designated as international airports because they have customs services at their airports.