Bismarck, North Dakota Population 2022

76,092
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Bismarck is a city located in Burleigh County North Dakota. Bismarck has a 2020 population of 76,092. Bismarck is currently growing at a rate of 1.65% annually and its population has increased by 3.35% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 73,622 in 2010.

The average household income in Bismarck is $83,803 with a poverty rate of 8.37%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $874 per month, and the median house value is $249,200. The median age in Bismarck is 37.2 years, 35.4 years for males, and 39.6 years for females.

This city has a relatively short history, only being founded toward the end of the 19th century but it has grown quite quickly and has even in recent years been named one of the fastest-growing small cities in the nation.

Bismarck Population

The city’s top employer is Sanford Health, which employs 25,000 people across multiple states. The State of North Dakota, St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck Public School, and the federal government are other top employers, each providing thousands of jobs to residents of Bismarck and surrounding areas.

Bismarck Population Growth

The city of Bismarck’s boundaries and population have only continued to expand since it was founded, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. By the 1930s, the city’s population had grown to more than 11,000 people. By 1960, that number had more than doubled. The city’s population reached over 50,000 at the time of the 2000 census and grew to over 61,000 at the next census. Current estimates show that the population has increased by over 18% since the last census in 2010, indicating that this city has much growth still in its future.

The region that is now Bismarck was first inhabited by indigenous tribes dating back thousands of years. It was in 1872 when the Europeans founded the settlement that would one day become Bismarck. The town was called Edwinton after Northern Pacific Railway engineer Edwin Ferry Johnson. However, the Northern Pacific Railway changed the name to Bismarck after the German chancellor Otto con Bismarck. This was in efforts to bring in German immigrants to work and invest in the railroad.

The city began to grow significantly in the mid-1870s when gold was discovered in the Black Hills. The city attracted many miners, which was great for growth. However, it did contribute to tensions with the Lakota tribe. The tribe felt as though the new settlers were invading sacred territory.

In 1883, Bismarck was named as the capital of the Dakota Territory. At the end of the decade, after North Dakota was made a state, Bismarck was named as the state capital. Throughout the 19th century and into the 20th century, the city continued to see its population rise. The city constructed its state capitol building, which later burned in 1930. During the Great Depression, the city built another capitol in the city center, which is the tallest building in both the city and the state.

In 1953, Garrison Dam was built to prevent floods, and the floodplain area of the city now was suitable for development. Residential and commercial buildings were erected as the city, and its population continued to grow.

In modern times, the city’s northern area has seen substantial growth with the addition of retail shopping centers. The city’s major shopping center, Kirkwood Mall, was constructed in the city center and has since expanded to include other major retail stores in the area. There are also two hospitals and multiple restaurants that have been developed in the growing downtown area.

Bismarck Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bismarckwas:

  • White: 87.95%
  • Native American: 4.45%
  • Two or more races: 3.34%
  • Black or African American: 2.83%
  • Asian: 0.84%
  • Other race: 0.48%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
The current population of Bismarck, North Dakota is 76,092 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 73,622.

Bismarck, North Dakota Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2010111,1120.00%
2011112,8651,7531.55%
2012115,6792,8142.43%
2013119,2403,5612.99%
2014122,1552,9152.39%
2015125,3253,1702.53%
2016127,2331,9081.50%
2017128,1158820.69%
2018128,2791640.13%
2019128,9496700.52%
2020129,6196700.52%
2021130,2896700.51%

Bismarck Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White64,58587.95%
Black or African American2,0782.83%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,2664.45%
Asian6190.84%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander770.10%
Some Other Race3540.48%
Two or More Races2,4563.34%
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Bismarck Population by Race

Bismarck Population Pyramid 2022

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Bismarck Median Age

37.4


Total

35.8


Male

39.9


Female

Bismarck Adults

There are 57,116 adults, (12,738 of whom are seniors) in Bismarck.

Bismarck Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

28.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Bismarck Sex Ratio

Female

37,280

50.77%

Male

36,155

49.23%

Bismarck Population by Age

Bismarck Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Bismarck Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married88.2%11.8%
All65%35%
Male60%40%
Non Family46.1%53.9%
Female40.9%59.1%

65.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Bismarck Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All32,3932.265
Married14,5352.9388.2
Male1,2112.9860
Female3,1962.7540.9
Non Family13,4511.2246.1

2.83

Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

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Bismarck Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,2532.49%
9th to 12th Grade1,6963.37%
High School Graduate11,42822.70%
Some College9,89619.66%
Associates Degree7,47214.84%
Bachelors Degree13,22026.26%
Graduate Degree5,38210.69%
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Bismarck Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bismarck Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian413413292
White45,51343,09917,699
Hispanic845676222
2+ Races951914194
Native American1,6211,337240
Other Race21616921
Black1,1691,11773
Islander3737

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 70.70%.

Bismarck Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$47,270$53,691$41,399
Less Than 9th Grade$34,609$40,333$32,580
High School Graduate$34,216$40,867$27,096
Some College$40,605$46,804$33,641
Bachelors Degree$56,222$70,038$50,078
Graduate Degree$70,224$84,743$63,325

$47,270

Average Earnings

$53,691

Average Male

$41,399

Average Female

Bismarck Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bismarck Language by Age

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Bismarck Language

95.57% of Bismarck residents speak only English, while 4.43% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 2.17% of the population.

Bismarck Language

Bismarck Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native3,0011,01033.66%
Hispanic1,68744226.20%
Black1,96131416.01%
Multiple2,21834315.46%
Asian613406.53%
White62,1623,9846.41%
Other97NaN%

8.37%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.36%

Male Poverty Rate

10.30%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bismarck

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bismarck is Native, with 33.66% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bismarck is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.86%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.98%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.59%.

Bismarck Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.70%
High School16.79%
Some College7.02%
Bachelors or Greater1.72%

Bismarck Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed2.91%
Male Unemployed31.31%
Female Employed4.95%
Female Unemployed41.79%

Bismarck Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bismarck Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$67,629$86,372
Families$89,656$107,403
Married Families$102,601-
Non Families$41,241$53,802
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Income by Household Type

Bismarck Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.5%

Male Marriage Rate

47.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Bismarck Married by Age and Sex

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Bismarck Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Bismarck Marital Status by Race

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Bismarck Marital Status

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4,805

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,089
First Gulf War1,258
Vietnam1,713
Korea265
World War II163

Bismarck Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34255
35 to 541,373
55 to 64760
65 to 741,092
75+1,325

Bismarck Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,4888.79%
Black241.52%
Native American1456.53%
Asian285.27%
2+ Races12010.47%
Hispanic11910.17%

Bismarck Veterans by Race

Bismarck Veterans by Education

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2.41%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.05%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bismarck Veterans by Education

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67.9%

Labor Force Participation

65.7%

Employment Rate

2.8%

Unemployment Rate

Bismarck Employment by Age

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Bismarck Employment by Race

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Bismarck Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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69.94%

Born in Bismarck

96.93%

Native Born

3.07%

Foreign Born

1.77%

Non Citizen

1.30%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.93% of Bismarck residents were born in the United States, with 69.94% having been born in North Dakota. 1.77% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Africa.

Bismarck Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19003,3190.00%
19105,4432,1245.07%
19207,1221,6792.73%
193011,0903,9684.53%
194015,4964,4063.40%
195018,6403,1441.86%
196027,6709,0304.03%
197034,7037,0332.29%
198044,4859,7822.51%
199049,2564,7711.02%
200055,5326,2761.21%
201061,2725,7400.99%
201162,5071,2352.02%
201263,7421,2351.98%
201364,9771,2351.94%
201466,2121,2351.90%
201567,4471,2351.87%
201668,6821,2351.83%
201769,9171,2351.80%
201871,1521,2351.77%
201972,3871,2351.74%
202073,6221,2351.71%
202174,8571,2351.68%
202276,0921,2351.65%

Bismarck Population by Year