North Dakota, sometimes referred to as the "High Plains" is a
Midwestern state, sharing its northern border with Canada. It is the
third least populous state in the U.S., but the 19th largest. The state
is comprised of 53 counties, with Cass County having the largest
population, followed by Burleigh County. The majority of North Dakota
is covered in grassland and farms. North Dakota is known for its
abundant hunting and fishing opportunities.
North Dakotans are proud of the fact that their state has the lowest
unemployment rate in the U.S. The huge oil boom of the state has
created a shortage of workers. Fast food jobs in North Dakota are
frequently offering a couple of dollars above minimum wage just to
attract employees. Another appealing thing about living in North Dakota
is that it has the lowest overall crime rate in the nation. This state
is known for being one of the safest to live in.
Despite the low crime rate, North Dakota has to deal with crime just
like any other state. One of the ways crime is dealt with is through
locking up law-breaking individuals. However, the state has one of the
lowest incarceration rates in the nation. On average, 228 of 100,000
people are incarcerated in this state, compared to 502 nationally.
North Dakota enforces laws that reflect their commitment to keeping
drunk drivers off the roads. A first time DUI will get you a license
suspension of 91 to 108 days (depending on blood alcohol level), along
with a $250 fine, a mandatory alcohol evaluation and SR-22 insurance
The second offense will land you in jail for 5 days, increase the
license suspension to 1 to 2 years, 30 days of community service, and a
$500 fine. If you are caught a third time, you will likely spend 60
days in jail, receive a 2-3 year license suspension, $1000 minimum fine.
North Dakota has an implied consent law, meaning that anyone operating
a motor vehicle in the state must submit to a chemical analysis of
their urine, breath or blood when asked by a peace officer.
According to Article 1, Section 1 of the North Dakota Constitution,
residents of the state can own guns for hunting and lawful recreational
activities. However, not everyone in the state has the right to own a
gun. A person under the age of 18 cannot possess a gun without the
supervision of an adult.
Individuals with a felony record are also precluded from this
privilege. If you are a resident of North Dakota and want to own a
firearm, it's important that you familiarize yourself with the gun laws
in this state.
Weird North Dakota Laws
Every state has some crazy laws on the books, and North Dakota is no
exception. For example, it is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with
your shoes on. It is also a crime to serve beer and pretzels at the
same time in any bar or restaurant. And lastly, it is legal to shoot an
Indian only if you are in a covered wagon. Go figure.