Bismarck Community Information

Bismarck-Mandan is a beautiful community sitting on the banks of the mighty Missouri River. Its rich history, natural beauty and modern amenities create a real sense of place for residents. And its surroundings provide fertile outdoor opportunities – hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, golf, cycling and much more. Spend a lazy summer day on a sand bar in the Missouri River, or drive a couple of hours and hike the Maah Daah Hey Trail in North Dakota’s breathtaking Badlands. Whatever your preference, you can find it in Bismarck.

As North Dakota’s Capital City, Bismarck offers rich cultural and historical experiences, beginning with the newly expanded North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum, a showplace for the state’s diverse and unique past and present. Visit Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, where you’ll find historic cavalry buildings, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s house and Native American earth lodges. Or drive a short distance to Washburn, home of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. There is always lots of activity at the Capitol, as well, from summer concerts to the biennual legislative session.

Bismarck’s outstanding parks and schools offer its 67,000 residents a firm foundation on which to build a great life. Housing is plentiful, the business community is robust and active, and the arts and culinary scenes reflect well on the growing metropolitan area.

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