Dickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Stark County. The population was 16,010 at the 2000 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2015 population is 23,765. Dickinson was founded in 1882. The local paper is the Dickinson Press. Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport serves the city.
Dickinson is the gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and home to Dickinson State University. Since the North Dakota oil boom the city has become one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. The rapid growth of the city has led to an increase in crime and homelessness within the city limits. Also the city has seen an increase in diversity, with increases in the Latino, Asian and African American populations. Strong incremental growth over the past decade has been fueled by a diverse economy and fed by new wealth from energy, agriculture and manufacturing.
Dickinson is centrally located in southwestern North Dakota, the midpoint between Fargo, North Dakota and Billings, Montana. Due to this strategic location, and the resulting regional social and economic influence, it was known for decades by the nickname "Queen City of the Prairies". This nickname was used as early as 1906, and legend has it that it was selected through a contest sponsored by the Dickinson Press. Dickinson was promoted as Queen City due to the positive imagery of a nurturing woman and the association with a lush and bountiful region. As Dickinson is also the gateway to the great American West, Medora, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, it has also been branded by its modern nickname: "The Western Edge".
Dickinson is a destination city for entertainment, shopping and business services. World-class bird and big-game hunting complement hiking, biking and equestrian trails, making the area North Dakota's playground. No matter what your interests are, recreation, historical, arts, or other attractions, you will find that Dickinson, North Dakota will fill your vacation with memories.
The North Dakota Ukrainian Festival is a 2 day event being held annually in July at the Ukrainian Cultural Institute in Dickinson, ND. The annual North Dakota Ukrainian Festival promises two days of ethnic music, food and fellowship. The Ukrainian Festival showcasing the arts and traditions of the vibrant Ukrainian culture. Many children and young adults are participating in a two-week Ukrainian summer camp, which leads up to the festival. The campers are learning the history and geography of Ukraine, along with its music, dance, art and language. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the unique dance, music, arts and food of the Ukrainian culture!
Theodore Roosevelt National Park lies in western North Dakota, where the Great Plains meet the rugged Badlands. A habitat for bison, elk and prairie dogs, the sprawling park has 3 sections linked by the Little Missouri River. The park is known for the South Unit’s colorful Painted Canyon and the Maltese Cross Cabin, where President Roosevelt once lived. The Scenic Loop Drive winds past several overlooks and trails.