Community Profile
2016 Community Profile
2016 Community Profile

Mandan’s slogan, “Where the West Begins,” embodies our community’s rugged and hearty nature evident in our terrain, people, annual celebrations, and heritage, first as a village for the Mandan tribe, then a cavalry fort, railroad town and hub for area ranchers and farmers.

Today, Mandan is a growing city passionately retaining its hometown atmosphere and history. Our community bursts with pride when hosting special events that draw thousands of visitors year after year.

Buggies-n-Blues showcases classic cars on Main Street the second weekend in June. Rodeo Days over the Fourth of July includes Art In the Park and the state’s longest parade. Weeknight summer concerts draw spectators to Dykshoorn Park and weekend auto racing is active at Dacotah Centennial Park. Additional events include Touch-A-Truck in May, Wild West Grillfest, Oktoberfest in late September, and the Haunted Fort in October.

Other attractions include Ft. Lincoln State Park and the Custer House, the Railroad Museum, Raging Rivers Water Park, Huff Hills Ski Area, auto racing at Dacotah Speedway, two golf courses, 30 miles of walking and bike trails, a soccer complex, a baseball field, softball diamonds, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, skateboard board park, fitness facilities, 18 neighborhood parks, and a dog park. Family Wellness, a partnership between the YMCA and Sanford Health, opened as a new fitness and recreational center in 2017. The Starion Sports Complex, also completed in 2017, houses a two-sheet hockey arena and gymnastics facilities, plus a football and track field. The Mandan Park District is converting the former football and track into ball diamonds.

Mandan’s future is bright!

  • The Bismarck-Mandan MSA is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas (communities with populations of 50,000 or more) in the country. The area is home to an estimated 131,635 people, according to a 2016 Census estimate, up almost 15 percent since 2010.
  • Mandan is North Dakota’s eighth largest city.
  • Mandan’s population is estimated at 21,769 according to July 1, 2016, Census estimates, up 1.6 percent from 2015 and 18.8 percent from 2010.
  • This positive population trend also holds true for Morton County which has grown to an estimated 2016 population of 30,809 up 1.6 percent from 2015 and 12.2 percent since 2010.

Mandan’s growth further is evidenced by …

  • More than 4,300 new residential units since the year 2000.
  • Revenue of nearly $2.3 million generated in 2016 from a 1% local sales tax. Although this was down from a peak of $2.7 million in 2014, it is still up 50 percent compared to 2010.
  • And all this has happened while the City’s mill levy has decreased from 98 in 2009 and 59 for 2016.