There are some things that need to be set straight about North Dakota. We may not be the most popular and populated state ever, but there are some stereotypes that are associated with living here that just aren’t true. Us North Dakotans know how amazing we are, so it’s time to make sure everyone else knows it despite what misconceptions they may have. Here are 10 stereotypes about North Dakota that need to be put to rest.
1. We have accents straight out of the movie "Fargo."
Yah, you betcha we do - except not really. It's more of a Minnesotan thing, actually. And even then it's not that thick, dontcha know?
2. Everyone in North Dakota is living in the past.
This one is just downright silly, but I've heard it. I'm pretty sure North Dakota is just as technologically advanced as any other state, if not more in some aspects.
3. There's nothing to do in North Dakota.
As if we all sit around watching tumbleweeds roll by. There is TONS to do in North Dakota - outdoor and indoor, all over the state. It would take more than a lifetime to do it all.
4. We drive tractors everywhere.
Okay, so maybe I've seen a neighbor drive a lawn mower to the convenience store on the corner once or twice, but we do NOT drive tractors everywhere. There are more registered vehicles in North Dakota than there are residents!
5. It's a winter wasteland all year round in North Dakota.
We North Dakotans know this one is completely false. Spring, summer, and fall all exist here. It can get both hot and humid in summer when it's green everywhere, then mild as the leaves of the trees turn the most beautiful array of colors in the fall. While our winters can get pretty harsh, they aren't here all the time, and it's certainly not a snowy wasteland.
6. Wild bison roam around everywhere.
We may have the world's largest buffalo in Jamestown, ND, use bison as a mascot for one of our colleges, and also have the world's only albino buffalo, but we probably see bison as often as anyone else does. They aren't really common at all, and certainly not all over the state.
7. Hardly anyone lives in North Dakota.
Our largest city, Fargo - pictured here - has over 100,000 people living in it, with almost 740,000 total residents in the entire state. I think it's safe to say that there are in fact people living here, and proudly at that.
8. There's nothing but cornfields in North Dakota.
While the land is used primarily for agriculture, it isn't just cornfields. We have a wide variety of other crops - most of which are produced more than corn here - and we also have cities, state parks, and a plethora of other places. There is corn - we'll admit that - but there are way more things, too!
9. Everyone in North Dakota is a farmer/lives on a farm.
No...just no. There are hundreds of thousands of people from all different walks of life and backgrounds, with thousands of different careers and interests. And even so, what's wrong with being from a farm? Nothing, that's what!
10. North Dakota is completely flat.
...The badlands would say otherwise.
There’s so much more to North Dakota than some people may think, and everyone should know the truth!