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McKenzie County, North Dakota

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McKenzie County is a county located in the US state of North Dakota As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,3601 Its county seat is Watford City2 Between 2010 and 2016, according to Census Bureau estimates, it was the fastest growing county in the United States, growing 1010 percent The county lies immediately adjacent to the Williston Micropolitan Statistical Area, although, technically, by Census Bureau definition, is not a part of it

McKenzie County was first created by the March 8, 1883 Dakota Territory legislature but eliminated in 1891 due to a lack of settlement The county was then recreated by the 1905 state legislature, with the county government first organizing on April 20, 190534 The name comes from early North Dakota politician Alexander McKenzie5 Before becoming Watford City, the county seat was Alexander from 1905 to 1907 and Schafer from 1907 to 19413

Contents

  • 1 Geography
    • 11 Adjacent counties
    • 12 Major highways
    • 13 National protected areas
  • 2 Demographics
    • 21 2000 census
    • 22 2010 census
  • 3 Communities
    • 31 Cities
    • 32 Townships
    • 33 Defunct Townships
    • 34 Census-designated places
    • 35 Unincorporated communities
  • 4 Sites of interest
  • 5 Politics
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Geographyedit

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,861 square miles 7,410 km2, of which 2,760 square miles 7,100 km2 is land and 100 square miles 260 km2 35% is water6 It is the largest county in North Dakota by area

The McKenzie County landscape features a wide diversity of physical features, ranging from sugarbeet fields bordering the Missouri River at the northwest corner of the county to rugged badlands near the Little Missouri River in the south, where Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Little Missouri National Grassland are located Between the two rivers is a large area of prairie, ranging from gentle rolling terrain to rocky, rugged pastures The southeast corner of the county, bordering on the Little Missouri badlands of neighboring Dunn County, is abundant in wildlife, quaking aspen groves, and bur oak groves, interspersed in places with western red cedar on the north-facing slopes of the badlands

Adjacent countiesedit

  • Williams County north
  • Mountrail County northeast
  • Dunn County southeast
  • Billings County south
  • Golden Valley County southwest
  • Wibaux County, Montana southwest
  • Richland County, Montana west

Major highwaysedit

  • US Highway 85
  • North Dakota Highway 22
  • North Dakota Highway 23
  • North Dakota Highway 58
  • North Dakota Highway 68
  • North Dakota Highway 73
  • North Dakota Highway 200
  • North Dakota Highway 1806

National protected areasedit

  • Little Missouri National Grassland part
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park part

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1910 5,720
1920 9,544 669%
1930 9,709 17%
1940 8,426 −132%
1950 6,849 −187%
1960 7,296 65%
1970 6,127 −160%
1980 7,132 164%
1990 6,383 −105%
2000 5,737 −101%
2010 6,360 109%
Est 2016 12,621 984%
US Decennial Census8
1790-19609 1900-199010
1990-200011 2010-20161

2000 censusedit

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,737 people, 2,151 households, and 1,548 families residing in the county The population density was 2 people per square mile 1/km² There were 2,719 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile 0/km² The racial makeup of the county was 7736% White, 007% Black or African American, 2118% Native American, 005% Asian, 002% Pacific Islander, 014% from other races, and 119% from two or more races 101% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race 334% were of Norwegian and 209% German ancestry

There were 2,151 households out of which 3450% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 5790% were married couples living together, 930% had a female householder with no husband present, and 2800% were non-families 2580% of all households were made up of individuals and 1310% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 264 and the average family size was 317

In the county, the population was spread out with 3060% under the age of 18, 550% from 18 to 24, 2330% from 25 to 44, 2490% from 45 to 64, and 1570% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 40 years For every 100 females there were 10070 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 9890 males

The median income for a household in the county was $29,342, and the median income for a family was $34,091 Males had a median income of $26,351 versus $20,147 for females The per capita income for the county was $14,732 About 1370% of families and 1720% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2210% of those under age 18 and 1270% of those age 65 or over

2010 censusedit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 6,360 people, 2,410 households, and 1,682 families residing in the county12 The population density was 23 inhabitants per square mile 089/km2 There were 3,090 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile 042/km213 The racial makeup of the county was 753% white, 222% American Indian, 03% Asian, 01% black or African American, 04% from other races, and 16% from two or more races Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 22% of the population12 In terms of ancestry, 395% were Norwegian, 306% were German, 61% were Irish, and 07% were American14

Of the 2,410 households, 337% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 527% were married couples living together, 102% had a female householder with no husband present, 302% were non-families, and 253% of all households were made up of individuals The average household size was 258 and the average family size was 306 The median age was 380 years12

The median income for a household in the county was $48,480 and the median income for a family was $58,906 Males had a median income of $42,803 versus $33,056 for females The per capita income for the county was $27,605 About 67% of families and 100% of the population were below the poverty line, including 128% of those under age 18 and 100% of those age 65 or over15

Communitiesedit

Citiesedit

  • Alexander
  • Arnegard
  • Watford City county seat

Townshipsedit

  • Alex
  • Antelope Creek
  • Arnegard
  • Blue Butte
  • Charbon
  • Elm Tree
  • Ellsworth
  • Grail
  • Hawkeye
  • Keene
  • Randolph
  • Riverview
  • Sioux
  • Tri
  • Twin Valley
  • Yellowstone

Defunct Townshipsedit

Elk, Poe, and Wilbur townships merged January 1, 2002 to form Tri Township16

Census-designated placesedit

  • East Fairview
  • Four Bears Village
  • Mandaree

Unincorporated communitiesedit

  • Cartwright
  • Charbonneau
  • Grassy Butte
  • Keene
  • Rawson
  • Schafer

Sites of interestedit

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Little Missouri National Grassland
  • Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • Lake Sakakawea

Politicsedit

Presidential Elections Results17
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 786% 3,670 149% 698 65% 304
2012 712% 2,458 269% 927 19% 66
2008 641% 1,740 344% 933 16% 42
2004 687% 1,897 307% 847 07% 18
2000 691% 1,634 276% 653 33% 77
1996 495% 1,338 343% 928 162% 437
1992 429% 1,324 255% 787 317% 979
1988 599% 1,949 391% 1,273 10% 31
1984 720% 2,610 269% 974 12% 43
1980 673% 2,265 257% 867 70% 236
1976 536% 1,595 448% 1,335 16% 48
1972 659% 1,913 323% 937 19% 54
1968 596% 1,625 343% 935 61% 165
1964 460% 1,352 539% 1,584 01% 2
1960 531% 1,715 469% 1,514 01% 2
1956 532% 1,609 464% 1,405 04% 13
1952 717% 2,260 268% 846 15% 46
1948 451% 1,168 474% 1,227 76% 196
1944 434% 1,241 556% 1,592 11% 30
1940 386% 1,563 603% 2,440 11% 43
1936 147% 570 742% 2,885 111% 433
1932 200% 710 749% 2,655 51% 182
1928 611% 2,100 375% 1,289 13% 46
1924 381% 1,113 47% 137 572% 1,668
1920 795% 2,587 157% 511 48% 156
1916 452% 1,394 472% 1,456 77% 237
1912 275% 285 283% 293 442% 45718
1908 684% 574 253% 212 63% 53

See alsoedit

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in McKenzie County, North Dakota

Coordinates: 47°44′N 103°23′W / 4773°N 10339°W / 4773; -10339

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on July 14, 2011 Retrieved November 1, 2013 
  2. ^ "Find a County" National Association of Counties Archived from the original on May 31, 2011 Retrieved 2011-06-07 
  3. ^ a b "County History" Official Portal for North Dakota State Government Retrieved 4 May 2011 
  4. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies" Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries The Newberry Library 2006 Retrieved February 1, 2015 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry 1905 The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States US Government Printing Office p 194 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files" United States Census Bureau August 22, 2012 Retrieved February 1, 2015 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  8. ^ "US Decennial Census" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved February 1, 2015 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser" University of Virginia Library Retrieved February 1, 2015 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L, ed April 20, 1995 "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990" United States Census Bureau Retrieved February 1, 2015 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4 Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" PDF United States Census Bureau April 2, 2001 Retrieved February 1, 2015 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-03-14 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-03-14 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-03-14 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-03-14 
  16. ^ Historical census data
  17. ^ http://uselectionatlasorg/RESULTS
  18. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 228 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 219 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 10 votes

External linksedit

  • As the sod was turned by Norma Berntson 1959 from the Digital Horizons website

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