The state flag,
adopted in 1911, bears a modified version of the coat of arms of
the United States. On the state seal, adopted in 1889, a tree in
an open field is surrounded by bundles of wheat, which represent
agriculture. A plow, anvil, and sledge also symbolize farming. The
bow and arrows and the Indian on horseback chasing a buffalo
represent the Indian nations that thrived in the North Dakota
region for hundreds of years.
North Dakota is a Midwestern state of the United States. It lies
in the center of the North American continent. The geographic
center of North America is near the town of Rugby. North Dakota is
mainly a farm state. Its economy is based more heavily on farming
than that of any other state except South Dakota. Many North
Dakota factories process farm products or farm equipment. Many of
the state's merchants also rely on agriculture. North Dakota has a
larger percentage of agricultural workers than most other states.
About 44 of every 100 North Dakotans live in rural areas.