From a pure tourist perspective, North Dakota is a lesser popular state. It is also one of the five states with the lowest population numbers. But thanks to the discovery of oil resources in recent years, it experienced an economic boom. Next to the petroleum, North Dakota also has natural gas and coal deposits and agriculture also plays an important role. Consequently, the state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
North Dakota’s population is more uniform in its composition as it is in many other parts of the country. 90% of residents are White and with a share of 5%, Native Americans hold a relatively high percentage in the population. There are four Native reservations in the state. In relation to population numbers, North Dakota has the highest density of Christian churches.
Apart from the cultural impacts of the Natives that can be found in many forms in everyday life, immigrants from Northern Europe and Germany have left marks in North Dakota. More than 40% of residents have German heritage and some 2.5% of people here still mostly speak German at home.
The scenery is mainly marked by the Great Plains and in the Northern half, by the seemingly barren landscapes of the so-called Badlands. North Dakota’s section with the largest tourist appeal is Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the West of the state.