North Dakota has blue skies most of the year, no matter what the season is. From the rocky terrain of the west to the Red River Valley of the east, North Dakota is relatively flat, fertile land. Miles of open land can be seen from almost any point in the state. Of all of its 44.1 million acres, 39.2 million is used in farmlands. The major exports of the state are wheat, cattle, barley and sunflowers.
In 2000 there were 289 thousand housing units reported, which is a 4.8% increase from 1990. Of those, 156 thousand are in urban locations. The median value for occupied homes is $74,400. The majority of houses are single-family ranches, two story and contemporary designs. Condominiums and townhouses are just beginning to become popular in the larger cities as the baby boomers look to downsize and retire.