North Dakota

The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 gave North Dakota to the Union. Still, it stayed more or less unsettled until the 1870s and 1880s (when the railroad was constructed). It remains the most rural state in the U.S., with 90% of the land covered by farmland.

This contributes to it being at the forefront of the country’s farming industry, including spring and durum wheat. Manufacturing is becoming increasingly important, and the state boasts abundant oil and coal supplies. Its low taxes and small yet ample market make the state attractive to prospective small businesses.

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