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Jamestown, North Dakota

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Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States It is the county seat of Stutsman County5 The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census,6 making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota Jamestown was founded in 1872


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Climate
  • 4 Demographics
    • 41 2010 census
    • 42 2000 census
  • 5 Economy
  • 6 Attractions
  • 7 Transportation
  • 8 Education
    • 81 K-12
    • 82 Higher education
    • 83 Special education
  • 9 Media
    • 91 Print
    • 92 Television
      • 921 Over the air
    • 93 Radio
      • 931 AM Radio
      • 932 FM Radio
  • 10 Notable people
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links


In 1871, a Northern Pacific Railroad work crew set up camp where the railroad would cross the James River, adding another section to the new northern transcontinental line In 1872, the US Army established Fort Seward, a small post garrisoned by three companies about 120 men of the Twentieth Infantry Regiment, on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the James River and Pipestem Creek The fort guarded the crossing of the James by the Northern Pacific Railroad The fort only lasted five years, being decommissioned in 1877 - but the railroad remained, establishing a repair yard that was among the city's main industries until the 1960s

Jamestown was founded in 1872 and General Thomas Rosser of Northern Pacific named it after Jamestown, Virginia The city incorporated in 1883 In 1873, Stutsman County became the first official county within Dakota Territory with Jamestown as the county seat7

On November 10, 1889, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jamestown was established April 6, 1897 saw a change of name to Diocese of Fargo, with a change of the bishop's seat Since 1995, the Diocese of Jamestown is listed as a titular see of the Catholic Church89


The James River, a Missouri River tributary, in Jamestown

Jamestown is located at 46°54′20″N 98°42′11″W / 4690556°N 9870306°W / 4690556; -9870306 46905641, -9870299410 at the confluence of the James River and Pipestem Creek According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1287 square miles 3333 km2, of which, 1283 square miles 3323 km2 is land and 004 square miles 010 km2 is water1


Climate data for Jamestown, North Dakota 1981–2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F °C 192
Average low °F °C 12
Average precipitation inches mm 051
Average snowfall inches cm 97
Source: NOAA11


Historical population
1880 393
1890 2,296 4842%
1900 2,853 243%
1910 4,358 528%
1920 6,627 521%
1930 8,187 235%
1940 8,790 74%
1950 10,697 217%
1960 15,163 418%
1970 15,385 15%
1980 16,280 58%
1990 15,571 −44%
2000 15,527 −03%
2010 15,427 −06%
Est 2016 15,440 01%
US Decennial Census12
2015 Estimate13

2010 censusedit

As of the census2 of 2010, there were 15,427 people, 6,567 households, and 3,555 families residing in the city The population density was 1,2024 inhabitants per square mile 4642/km2 There were 6,983 housing units at an average density of 5443 per square mile 2102/km2 The racial makeup of the city was 946% White, 08% African American, 18% Native American, 06% Asian, 01% Pacific Islander, 07% from other races, and 14% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21% of the population

There were 6,567 households of which 248% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 413% were married couples living together, 87% had a female householder with no husband present, 41% had a male householder with no wife present, and 459% were non-families 394% of all households were made up of individuals and 161% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 209 and the average family size was 278

The median age in the city was 399 years 197% of residents were under the age of 18; 121% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 238% were from 25 to 44; 271% were from 45 to 64; and 173% were 65 years of age or older The gender makeup of the city was 502% male and 498% female

In October, 2016 the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency projected that Jamestown would lose 21% of its population by the next census It also reported that it projected a 4% population drop in the nine counties surrounding Jamestown and is considered Jamestowns primary trade area14

2000 censusedit

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,527 people, 6,505 households, and 3,798 families residing in the city The population density was 1,2467 per square mile 4815/km² There were 6,970 housing units at an average density of 5596 per square mile 2162/km² The racial makeup of the city was 9684% White, 036% African American, 121% Native American, 049% Asian, 005% Pacific Islander, 027% from other races, and 078% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 119% of the population

The top 6 ancestry groups in the city are German 540%, Norwegian 224%, Irish 90%, English 66%, Swedish 41%, Russian 38% Many area families cite their heritage as "Germans from Russia", in reference to ethnic Germans who settled in the Russian Empire in the 18th century, many of whose descendants emigrated to the United States in the late 19th century

There were 6,505 households out of which 273% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 468% were married couples living together, 88% had a female householder with no husband present, and 416% were non-families 370% of all households were made up of individuals and 162% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 217 and the average family size was 285

The age distribution is 217% under the age of 18, 127% from 18 to 24, 257% from 25 to 44, 218% from 45 to 64, and 181% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 39 years For every 100 females there were 920 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 884 males

The median income for a household in the city was $31,500, and the median income for a family was $42,245 Males had a median income of $28,310 versus $20,225 for females The per capita income for the city was $16,686 About 65% of families and 107% of the population were below the poverty line, including 124% of those under age 18 and 108% of those age 65 or over


Jamestown has a strong precision manufacturing base as well as food processing, agriculture, retail and wholesale businesses Notable companies headquartered in Jamestown include ACI Agri-Cover, Inc, Dura Tech Industries, and Midwestern Machine, and additional major employers include Cavendish Farms and UTC Aerospace Systems Service facilities for trucking and heavy equipment repair are also located in Jamestown

The Jamestown Stutsman Development Corporation 1 supports joint business and industrial development within the city and Stutsman County, North Dakota Four designated industrial parks 2 adjoin the city or are part of joint city/county development efforts: Bloom Business Park, I-94 Business Park, Spiritwood Energy Park which includes Great River Energy and Cargill, and the Airport Business Park


The World's Largest Buffalo statue in Jamestown

Jamestown Reservoir, a series of three, interlocking, 12-mile-long artificial lakes formed by Jamestown Dam, a flood control a dam on the James River at the north end of the city, is home to watersports and recreational fishing Jamestown is home to two 18-hole golf courses—Hillcrest Golf Course and Jamestown Country Club—as well as the Jamestown Civic Center, which hosts concerts, University of Jamestown basketball games, other large events, and the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame; other sporting facilities include Jack Brown Stadium, one of North Dakota's historic baseball parks Jamestown is also home to two disc golf courses, an 18-hole recreational course in Klaus Park, and a 27-hole championship course on the island and surrounding land in the Jamestown Reservoir The Island Course was the site of the 8th Annual North Dakota Disc Golf Championships in 2007

The city of Jamestown is also home to The Jamestown Arts Center 15 3, located in the heart of downtown The Arts Center is home to a year-round exhibition gallery, community theater stage, a venue for visual arts performances, art workshops and classes, ceramics studio and a beautiful green space known as The Art Park Jamestown also features the World's Largest Buffalo, a 26-ft tall sculpture of an American bison


Jamestown Regional Airport serves the city providing scheduled flights to all four major North Dakotan metropolitan areas, as well as chartered flights out of state



Jamestown is served by the Jamestown Public Schools The system operates five elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative high school Louis L'Amour Elementary School is named for the popular western writer Louis L'Amour who was born in Jamestown There are also two private elementary schools in Jamestown; Saint John's Academy16 a K-6 Catholic school, and Hillcrest School, a Seventh-day Adventist school

Higher educationedit

The Unruh and Sheldon Center on the campus of University of Jamestown

University of Jamestown is a private liberal arts college founded by the Presbyterian Church and located on the north side of town Its current enrollment is approximately 1000 students Ranked by US News & World Report in the top tier of regional undergraduate institutions,17 it is also notable among religious colleges for having been a co-educational institution from its founding in 1883 Its first fall term was opened at 9 am on Tuesday, Sept 29, 1886 After financial hardships, affecting the entire county, Jamestown College had to close its doors in the spring of 1890 On Sept 22, 1909 Jamestown College reopened after a population growth in the State due to improved farming methods With no higher education available between Fargo, ND 100 miles East and Missoula, MT 700 miles West, Jamestown College became a successful school18

Special educationedit

On the northwest side of the city and almost adjacent to the site of historic Fort Seward is The Anne Carlsen Center formerly known as the "Crippled Children's School" A privately funded residential school, it has long been one of the country's leading centers for treatment and education of severely handicapped children Because of the school's locale, Jamestown became the first city in America to require wheelchair cutouts in newly constructed sidewalk curbscitation needed



The local daily paper is the Jamestown Sun


Over the airedit

Channel Digital
Call sign Affiliation Owner City Notes
2 K02DD ABC Forum Communications Jamestown rebroadcasts WDAY Fargo
7 RF 7 KJRR Fox Red River Broadcasting Jamestown rebroadcasts KVRR Fargo
19 RF 20 KJRE PBS Prairie Public Broadcasting Ellendale


AM Radioedit

AM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner City
600 AM KSJB -- Classic country Chesterman Communications Jamestown
1400 AM KQDJ Dakota Country Radio Full service Ingstad Family Media Jamestown

FM Radioedit

FM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner Target city/market City of license
881 FM KJKR Jimmie Knight Radio Campus radio University of Jamestown Jamestown Jamestown
891 FM K214BX -- Christian
K-Love WAFR translator
K-Love Jamestown Jamestown
899 FM K214BX -- Christian
AFR WAFR translator
American Family Association Jamestown Jamestown
915 FM KPRJ -- Prairie Public/NPR
News/classical music
Prairie Public Broadcasting Jamestown Jamestown
933 FM KSJZ Mix 933 Hot Adult Contemporary Chesterman Communications Jamestown Jamestown
955 FM KYNU Big Dog Country Country Ingstad Family Media Jamestown/Valley City Jamestown
971 FM K246AM Dakota Country Radio Full service
KQDJ-AM translator
Ingstad Family Media Jamestown Jamestown
983 FM KXGT Ted FM Classic Hits Ingstad Family Media Jamestown Carrington
1011 FM KQDJ Q101 Top 40 CHR Ingstad Family Media Jamestown/Valley City Valley City
1031 FM KRVX 1031 The Raven Rock Ingstad Family Media Jamestown/Valley City Wimbledon

Notable peopleedit

  • James Harvey Brown 1906–95, Los Angeles City Council member and municipal court judge, born in Jamestown19
  • Alf Clausen, film and television score composer The Simpsons
  • Edward P J Corbett, English professor at the Ohio State University, born in Jamestown
  • William E DePuy, US Army general and first commander of TRADOC
  • Alfred Dickey 1846-1901, first Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
  • Willis Downs, Philippine–American War era Medal of Honor recipient
  • Darin Erstad, former Major League Baseball player
  • Morris E Fine, educator
  • Michael John Fitzmaurice, a former United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War
  • Travis Hafner, Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees
  • Richard Hieb, astronaut
  • George W Johnson, President of George Mason University 1979–199620
  • Anton Klaus, Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Louis L'Amour, author
  • Peggy Lee, jazz singer and composer
  • Barbara McClintock, children's book illustrator
  • Floyd Roberts, winner of 1938 Indianapolis 500
  • Ronda Rousey, UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion
  • Myrna Sharlow, opera singer
  • Rodney Stark, American sociologist of religion
  • Shadoe Stevens, radio personality
  • Harley Venton, actor
  • Mya Taylor, actress


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2012-07-14 Retrieved 2012-06-14 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2012-06-14 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names" United States Geological Survey 2007-10-25 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  5. ^ "Find a County" National Association of Counties Archived from the original on 2011-05-31 Retrieved 2011-06-07 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data Public Law 94-171 Summary File" American FactFinder United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 21 July 2011 Retrieved 2 May 2011 
  7. ^ "Jamestown History" Liechtyrealestatecom Retrieved 2013-02-16 
  8. ^ Matthew Bunson editor, The Catholic Almanac's Guide to the Church Our Sunday Visitor 2001ISBN 978-0-87973914-0, p 49
  9. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2013 Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1, p 910
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990" United States Census Bureau 2011-02-12 Retrieved 2011-04-23 
  11. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data" National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Retrieved May 4, 2013 
  12. ^ United States Census Bureau "Census of Population and Housing" Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved July 22, 2013 
  13. ^ "Population Estimates" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on October 19, 2016 Retrieved June 1, 2016 
  14. ^ North Dakota Housing Finance Agency
  15. ^ Taylor Barnes, Executive Director, Jamestown Fine Arts Association, 2013
  16. ^ stjamesbasilicaorg Archived 2008-01-09 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "US News and World Report moves University of Jamestown to top tier" Jamestown College 2007-08-17 Retrieved 2007-10-31 permanent dead link
  18. ^ "Our History" University of Jamestown 2015 Retrieved 2015-05-01 
  19. ^ Lawrence Kestenbaum "Political Graveyard" Political Graveyard Retrieved 2013-02-16 
  20. ^ Shapiro, T Rees 2017-06-03 "George W Johnson, college president who transformed GMU, dies at 88" Washington Post Retrieved 2017-06-24 

External linksedit

  • City of Jamestown official website
  • The Jamestown Sun website
  • University of Jamestown website
  • Jamestown Disc Golf Information
  • The Jamestown Arts Center
  • Jamestown : a short history of the early days in Jamestown, North Dakota 1933 from the Digital Horizons website
  • Jamestown, North Dakota : community fact survey 1963 from the Digital Horizons website
  • Jamestown, North Dakota : area fact survey 1968 from the Digital Horizons website
  • Jamestown, North Dakota : area fact survey 1972 from the Digital Horizons website
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