North Dakota October 02, 2017
10 Totally True Stereotypes North Dakotans Should Just Accept As Fact
As much as we may deny them, we have to admit that some of those North Dakota stereotypes are in fact true. It’s best just to embrace it instead of fight it – we’re a farming, bison-crazy, big and legendary state. We’ve got quite a few neat nicknames and a few weird quirks that make us unique and we should just accept it. How many of these do you agree with? Read on to find out!
1. We like some pretty weird foods.
Lutefisk is a dish often associated with North Dakota and let's face it, it's kind of an acquired taste.
2. We're crazy about bison.
The bison is a symbol for our state in multiple ways - the ones that roam our state and national parks, and also our devotion for the NDSU Bison.
3. We do have pretty awful winters.
Even though we enjoy our warm and sunny summers for part of the year and insist to others that there are actually four seasons here, it's hard to deny that our winters can get pretty nasty and sometimes feel like they never end.
4. Most of us do live pretty close to the country, if not in it.
Even if you are in the most dense urban areas in North Dakota, you'll always be a pretty short drive from the countryside. A vast majority of the land in this state is used for agriculture, after all.
5. While our state tree is not in fact the telephone pole, it does feel like that sometimes.
Many of us have heard that joke before, and while there are some beautiful forests here in the Peace Garden State, it's not exactly a secret as to why many original settlers referred to it as the "lone tree state."
6. We do have a bit of an accent, whether we want to admit it or not.
While our accents aren't at all as bad as the ones in the movie
Fargo that started this stereotype, we'd be lying if we said we didn't pronounce certain things with a bit of an accent.
7. There are quite a few trucks on the road here.
Seeing a small electric car is pretty rare here in the Rough Rider State. Many North Dakotans do indeed drive around in pickup trucks - and they love them.
8. We're crazy about hunting and fishing.
These two activities and all the different ways to do each are a big part of living in North Dakota for many people. Who can blame us, though, we have great hunting opportunities up here!
9. People do often mistake us for the other Dakota just because it has a famous mountain.
When talking to people not from around here, they often hear the word "Dakota" and assume that means it's the state with Mt. Rushmore. Nope, that would be South Dakota, and we North Dakotans just have to live with having to correct people all the time.
10. But we definitely think we're the better Dakota, always.
It doesn't matter what anyone says, North Dakota is the best Dakota!
How many of these could you relate to? Have any other true stereotypes about the Peace Garden State that you’d add on to this list? Let us know! And on the contrary,
here is a list of stereotypes about NoDak that are not true and need to be put to rest.