Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County.Bismarck was founded in 1872. It has been North Dakota's capital since it gained statehood in 1889.Bismarck is near the center of the city, and is distinctive because the city's major shopping center.Bismarck is situated in the middle of the Great Plains, between the centers of the United States and North America.Bismarck is governed under the city commission style of municipal government.
The state government of North Dakota is the largest employer in Bismarck With over 4,300 employees . Bismarck's two major health care providers, St. Alexius Medical Center and Medcenter One Health Systems. Other major employers in Bismarck include Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Coventry Health Care, Bismarck Public Schools, Midwest Motor Express, and the United States Federal Government.Bismarck is the home of MDU Resources Group, which in 2009 was ranked number 473 on the Fortune 500 list.