Rugby is located in north central North Dakota in Pierce County (of which it is the county seat) about 70 miles east-northeast of Minot and 40 miles northwest of Devils Lake.
The town's claim to fame is that it was determined by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Geological Survey, in 1931, to be the Geographical Center of North America. A 15-foot tall rock obelisk was erected in town to commemorate the event.
For outdoor lovers, Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge is located about 50 miles east of town. In addition, golfers will want to try Rugby Golf Course on for size. The 9-hole facility, built in 1950, plays to a par of 36 and is 3,150 yards in length.
Rugby is also in the midst of the Lakes and Gardens Region of North Dakota allowing residents to access any of about 2 dozen pothole lakes within an hour's drive of town.