Located in the Upper Midwest region of the United States and along the Canadian border, North Dakota is the 19th largest state by area and the third least populous with about 647,000 residents.
Theodore Roosevelt’s experiences in raising cattle in North Dakota’s majestic Badlands shaped his adult life and served him well in becoming the 26th President of the United States.
North Dakota is home to more wildlife refuges than any other state, and is a natural playground for hunting, hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, sailing, skiing, golfing, horseback riding and other outdoor activities.
North Dakota enjoys a robust economy with its vast natural resources, agricultural production and growing manufacturing sector. Since 2001, North Dakotans’ personal income has grown nearly 25 percent and the gross state product has grown to more than $24 billion annually, a 37 percent increase.
The major industries of North Dakota are agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, coal mining and conversion, oil and gas exploration, extraction and refining and global exports. North Dakota’s oil production accounts for about two percent of the total U.S. crude oil production, making the state the fourth largest oil producer in the United States.