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Location of the Bismarck Metropolitan Statistical Area in North Dakota

Bismarck–Mandan refers to the metropolitan area (known as the "Bismarck, ND Metropolitan Statistical Area") composed of Burleigh, Morton, Oliver, and Sioux counties in the state of North Dakota. It is sometimes referred to as the "BisMan" area.

Its core cities, Bismarck and Mandan, are located on opposite sides of the upper Missouri River. Lincoln is a suburb located immediately south-east of Bismarck. The 2018 population of the MSA was estimated at 132,678. The area grew considerably with the addition of Oliver and Sioux counties in 2013. However, with relatively sparse populations, the addition of Oliver and Sioux counties only added approximately 6,300 people to the metropolitan population. The 2018 Bismarck–Mandan–Lincoln urban population is estimated at 99,410.


In 2013 the Office of Management and Budget revised the definitions of metropolitan statistical areas; the Bismarck–Mandan MSA was enlarged by the inclusion of Oliver and Sioux counties from that year.[1]

Core Cities[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2018132,67815.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[2]
2018 Estimate[3]

Other Cities and Towns[edit]


As of the census of 2000, there were 100,828 people, 45,751 households, and 29,620 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 95.24% White, 0.23% African American, 3.04% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $39,169, and the median income for a family was $48,339. Males had a median income of $32,726 versus $21,364 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $18,819.


  1. ^ "Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget. February 28, 2013. Archived from the original (pdf) on February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  2. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas Population Totals: 2010-2018". Retrieved June 8, 2019.

Coordinates: 46°49′N 100°50′W / 46.817°N 100.833°W / 46.817; -100.833