North Dakota rubs elbows with America’s northern neighbor, Canada, and our friendship with that peaceful nation is commemorated at the International Peace Garden, located at the juncture of North Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba. North Dakota is located smack dab in the geographic center of North America – a fact denoted by a stone marker located here in the town of Rugby. Although it is relatively large, with the 19th greatest land area of all the states, North Dakota is one of the least populated states, having less than a million residents. Apparently the rest of the world hasn’t yet folk realized the states many assets. North Dakota’s economy is strong, with lower than average unemployment rates. In 2008 a study conducted at Cambridge University found that North Dakota was the friendliest state in the U.S. It also ranks #1 as the nation’s safest state, and the state where more students complete high school than any other. AAA says that North Dakota vacations are more affordable than trips to any other place in the United States. Animal lovers will appreciate that North Dakota is has the largest number of wildlife refuges of all the states. At one such place, the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, a rare albino buffalo named Dakota Miracle was born in 2007.