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The right of the public to have access to North Dakota state government records and information is guaranteed by the North Dakota Open Records Law. To assist the public with a better understanding of this law, a Citizen's Guide to North Dakota's Open Meetings and Records Law has been posted on the North Dakota Attorney General's website. The information detailed in this guide describes what public records are considered to be, and how and where to request public records. The Attorney General's website also contains specific contact information for assistance in obtaining open records. North Dakota was granted statehood on November 2, 1889. The state population is 672,591, making it the third least populous state in the union. Fargo is the city with the largest population, but the state capital is in Bismarck. While there are a large number of American Indians who call North Dakota home, they represent only 5% of the almost all white population. There are 53 counties, 159 cities, and various unincorporated communities. Agriculture is North Dakota's largest industry. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is the state's central repository of criminal history information; however, requests for criminal background checks should be made through the Attorney General's office. Search North Dakota public records with the most up to date resources available online. Link to all levels of North Dakota government and their sites with services which provide public information. Find information about current economy, vital statistics, current news and crime reports. Look up census data, business and economy facts for the state of North Dakota. See property values, current real estate data and land valuations along with how to pay property taxes within each county's link. Learn about the people, education, income and resident background information. Solicit crime records from law enforcement, birth and court records. Access everything you need to find comprehensive, accurate public records on this site. New North Dakota sources are added on a regular basis for the best and most current services.

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North Dakota Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Carter Holtz
    Carter Holtz, Age Now: 15, Missing: 06/27/2019. Missing From Bismarck, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bismarck Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-223-1212.
    July 17, 2019
  • Missing: Kari Blackbird
    Kari Blackbird, Age Now: 17, Missing: 05/28/2019. Missing From New England, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Hettinger County Sheriff's Office (north Dakota) 1-701-328-9921.
    June 07, 2019
  • Missing: Tahj Hampton
    Tahj Hampton, Age Now: 16, Missing: 04/26/2019. Missing From Grand Forks, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Grand Forks Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-787-8000.
    April 30, 2019
  • Missing: Keith Belgarde
    Keith Belgarde, Age Now: 15, Missing: 04/05/2019. Missing From Mandan, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Mandan Police Department (north Dakota) 1-704-667-3250.
    April 10, 2019
  • Missing: Kianna Gill
    Kianna Gill, Age Now: 15, Missing: 03/23/2019. Missing From Fargo, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Fargo Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-235-4493.
    April 09, 2019
  • Missing: Talia Taylor
    Talia Taylor, Age Now: 13, Missing: 06/05/2018. Missing From Bismarck, Nd. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bismarck Police Department (north Dakota) 1-701-223-1212.
    June 14, 2018

North Dakota Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

North Dakota Latest Crime Records (Updated 07/18/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    1,960
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    22
  • Rape:
    358
  • Robbery:
    173
  • Aggravated Assault:
    1,407
  • Total Property Crime:
    15,605
  • Burglary:
    2,707
  • Larceny Theft:
    11,384
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,514

North Dakota American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 07/18/2019)

  • North Dakota's demographic and housing ACS survey of 704,925 being 0.22 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 50.9% males and 49.1% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The North Dakota social characteristics data of 292,616 households, which make up 0.25 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 178,003 families with and without children. There are 177,759 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The North Dakota American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 563,755 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.23 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 392,185 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • North Dakota housing characteristics are collected from 332,010 dwellings making up 0.25 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 292,616 or uninhabited 39,394 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 292,616 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

North Dakota Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    672,591
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    642,195
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    5%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    30,391
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    642,200
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    43,401
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    143,971
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    22%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    15%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    94,870
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    50%
  • State's white resident population
    605,449
  • State's black resident population
    7,960
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    36,591
  • State's Asian resident population
    6,909
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    320
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    11,853
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    13,467
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    598,007
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    90%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    5%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    89%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in North Dakota
  • Births
    8,840
  • Deaths
    5,561
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    66
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    82%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of North Dakota Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    2%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    5%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    89%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    26%
  • Total number of Veterans
    55,458
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in North Dakota
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    16 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    316,435
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    26,758
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    9%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    66%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $104,300
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    26%
  • Total number of households
    273,035
  • Average size of households
    2
  • North Dakota Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $24,978
  • Statewide income of median households in North Dakota
    $47,898
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    12%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $23,017
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $36,082
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    364,970
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    15,872
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    4%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    487,337
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    39,957
  • People employed by the government
    81,218
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    18,728,543
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    38,430
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    21,558
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    46,052
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    1,214,201
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of North Dakota
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    61,554
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    25%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    11,349,799
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    13,099,348
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    10,527,300
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    16,495
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and North Dakota territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    3,195
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    352,449
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    39,674,586
  • Size in square miles of land
    68,976
  • Population per square mile
    10
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