North Dakota Towns
North Dakota has a population of 636,677 inhabitants, according to the 2005 Census, and, along with other mainly rural and agricultural areas, has suffered from the twin problems of emigration (to other states) and a parallel movement from the smaller settlements to the cities and towns.
North Dakota's main towns and cities are understandably mainly spread out along the main historic and current traffic arteries - in other words, along the border with Minnesota, where the river once used to transport passengers who now travel on the I-29 highway, and the east-west route across the state on the I-94.
A similar more northerly route across the state accounts for the more remote major settlements of Williston, Minot and Devils Lake.
Bismarck is the capital of the state, with its neighbor Mandan across the river completing the metropolitan area of around 75,000 people.
This tourist center only has a population of 8,000 but lies on the main route between Grand Forks and Minot and is a popular area for tourism and sport.
Devils Lake pages
Dickinson, a town of 16,000, is located in the southwest corner of the state and has become an important commercial and tourist center for the region.
Fargo is probably the largest urban area in the state. The metropolitan center includes the suburb of West Fargo and the city of Moorhead across the state line.
Grand Forks is another North Dakota city with the local population boosted by neighboring settlements - East Grand Forks in Minnesota and Grand Forks AFB.
Grand Forks pages
Jamestown is a town of 15,000 inhabitants known as the Buffalo City on the way from Fargo to the Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area.
Medora is a tiny town but one of the most important tourist destinations in the state as the gateway to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Minot is the main town in the northern part of the state and acts as a commercial and tourist center for the area and the Air Force base to the north of the city.
Wahpeton is located in the southeast corner of the state near the border with Minnesota and South Dakota. It is a commercial center for the surrounding agricultural region.
The town of Williston lies on the historic Lewis & Clark trail and is understandably popular as a tourist destination, as well as being an important center for the energy industry.