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Ward County, North Dakota

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Ward County is a county located in the US state of North Dakota As of the 2010 census, the population was 61,675,1 making it the fourth-most populous county in North Dakota Its county seat is Minot2 The county was formed in 188534

Ward County is part of the Minot, ND Micropolitan Statistical Area

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 21 Major highways
    • 22 Adjacent counties
    • 23 National protected areas
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 2000 census
    • 32 2010 census
  • 4 Communities
    • 41 Cities
    • 42 Townships
    • 43 Census-designated places
    • 44 Unincorporated communities
  • 5 Politics
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Historyedit

Ward County was created by the 1885 Dakota Territory legislature and named for Mark Ward, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Counties during the session The county government was first organized on November 23, 1885 with Burlington as the county seat This was changed to Minot in 18883

Until 1908, Ward County included what is now Burke, Mountrail, and Renville counties; this landmass often being referred to as 'Imperial Ward' County and which was the largest county in the state at the time In 1908, voters took up measures to partition the county The results for that portion forming Mountrail County were accepted but a dispute over the results for the portions that would become Burke and Renville counties was taken to court and which resulted in favorable rulings in 1910 In addition, when the proposed county lines for Burke and Renville counties were drawn, neither group wanted to include Kenmare and risk that city becoming the county seat, so Kenmare was left in Ward County at the end of a narrow strip of land, commonly referred to as the 'gooseneck'5

Geographyedit

According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,056 square miles 5,330 km2, of which 2,013 square miles 5,210 km2 is land and 43 square miles 110 km2 21% is water6 It is the fifth-largest county in North Dakota by land area

Much of the county is flat to rolling plains The southern reaches of the county are dotted with numerous small lakes, water neither sloping towards the Souris River basin nor Lake Sakakawea

Major highwaysedit

  • US Highway 2
  • US Highway 52
  • US Highway 83
  • North Dakota Highway 5
  • North Dakota Highway 23
  • North Dakota Highway 28
  • North Dakota Highway 50

Adjacent countiesedit

  • Renville County north
  • McHenry County east
  • McLean County south
  • Mountrail County west
  • Burke County northwest

National protected areasedit

  • Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge part
  • Hiddenwood National Wildlife Refuge part
  • Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge part

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1890 1,681
1900 7,961 3736%
1910 25,221 2168%
1920 28,811 142%
1930 33,597 166%
1940 31,981 −48%
1950 34,782 88%
1960 47,072 353%
1970 58,560 244%
1980 58,392 −03%
1990 57,921 −08%
2000 58,975 18%
2010 61,675 46%
Est 2016 70,210 138%
US Decennial Census8
1790-19609 1900-199010
1990-200011 2010-20161

2000 censusedit

As of the census of 2000, there were 58,795 people, 23,041 households, and 15,368 families residing in the county The population density was 29 people per square mile 11/km² There were 25,097 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile 5/km² The county is predominately White 9240%, with African Americans and Native Americans making up 222% and 207% respectively Asians and Pacific Islanders made up less than 1% of the population Other races and those that identified as being two or more races made up 243% 191% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race 347% were of German ancestry and 279% Norwegian ancestry

There were 23,041 households out of which 3430% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 5520% were married couples living together, 840% had a female householder with no husband present, and 3330% were non-families 2720% of all households were made up of individuals and 980% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 246 and the average family size was 301

In the county, the population was spread out with 2620% under the age of 18, 1300% from 18 to 24, 2910% from 25 to 44, 1920% from 45 to 64, and 1250% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 32 years For every 100 females there were 9920 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 9650 males

The median income for a household in the county was $33,670, and the median income for a family was $41,342 Males had a median income of $27,980 versus $19,830 for females The per capita income for the county was $16,926 About 790% of families and 1080% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1250% of those under age 18 and 840% of those age 65 or over

2010 censusedit

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 61,675 people, 25,029 households, and 15,597 families residing in the county12 The population density was 306 inhabitants per square mile 118/km2 There were 26,744 housing units at an average density of 133 per square mile 51/km213 The racial makeup of the county was 903% white, 26% American Indian, 25% black or African American, 09% Asian, 01% Pacific islander, 07% from other races, and 27% from two or more races Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 30% of the population12 In terms of ancestry, 444% were German, 308% were Norwegian, 116% were Irish, 57% were English, and 23% were American14

Of the 25,029 households, 306% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 499% were married couples living together, 84% had a female householder with no husband present, 377% were non-families, and 300% of all households were made up of individuals The average household size was 236 and the average family size was 295 The median age was 327 years12

The median income for a household in the county was $48,793 and the median income for a family was $60,361 Males had a median income of $37,569 versus $28,415 for females The per capita income for the county was $25,326 About 67% of families and 94% of the population were below the poverty line, including 130% of those under age 18 and 103% of those age 65 or over15

Communitiesedit

Citiesedit

  • Berthold
  • Burlington
  • Carpio
  • Des Lacs
  • Donnybrook
  • Douglas
  • Kenmare
  • Makoti
  • Minot county seat
  • Ryder
  • Sawyer
  • Surrey

Townshipsedit

  • Afton
  • Anna
  • Baden
  • Berthold
  • Brillian
  • Burlington
  • Burt
  • Cameron
  • Carbondale
  • Carpio
  • Denmark
  • Des Lacs
  • Elmdale
  • Eureka
  • Evergreen
  • Foxholm
  • Freedom
  • Gasman
  • Greely
  • Greenbush
  • Harrison
  • Hiddenwood
  • Hilton
  • Iota Flat
  • Kenmare
  • Kirkelie
  • Linton
  • Lund
  • Mandan
  • Margaret
  • Maryland
  • Mayland
  • McKinley
  • Nedrose
  • New Prairie
  • Newman
  • Orlien
  • Passport
  • Ree
  • Rice Lake
  • Rolling Green
  • Rushville
  • Ryder
  • St Marys
  • Sauk Prairie
  • Sawyer
  • Shealy
  • Spencer
  • Spring Lake
  • Sundre
  • Surrey
  • Tatman
  • Tolgen
  • Torning
  • Vang
  • Waterford
  • Willis

Census-designated placesedit

  • Foxholm
  • Logan
  • Minot AFB
  • Ruthville

Unincorporated communitiesedit

  • Aurelia - "ghost town" south of Donnybrook
  • Drady
  • Gassman - founded as the Gassman Creek Coulee trestle was being built, now referred to as "Trestle Valley"
  • Hartland - "ghost town" north of Berthold
  • Hesnault
  • Lonetree - small 100 person community northwest of Des Lacs and southeast of Berthold
  • Rice Lake - small community around Rice Lake south of Minot
  • Rice Lake Park
  • South Prairie - small community with modern school, south of Minot
  • Wolseth - diminishing community, south of the Renville County border, and Granville

Historical areas:

  • Harrison - early sister community of Minot, annexed into Minot
  • Ralston - railroad siding
  • Roach - railroad siding
  • Waldorf - annexed into Minot boundaries in its early years

Politicsedit

Presidential Elections Results16
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 680% 18,636 212% 5,806 108% 2,970
2012 637% 16,230 332% 8,441 31% 792
2008 585% 15,061 394% 10,144 22% 563
2004 664% 17,008 322% 8,236 14% 368
2000 623% 13,997 335% 7,533 42% 952
1996 480% 10,546 394% 8,660 126% 2,758
1992 466% 12,056 304% 7,856 230% 5,940
1988 567% 13,179 427% 9,906 06% 143
1984 681% 16,077 311% 7,336 09% 210
1980 676% 14,997 250% 5,554 74% 1,638
1976 561% 12,751 417% 9,484 21% 486
1972 666% 13,900 321% 6,706 13% 262
1968 531% 9,079 416% 7,105 53% 911
1964 383% 6,798 613% 10,871 04% 66
1960 548% 9,680 451% 7,954 01% 19
1956 610% 9,042 389% 5,762 02% 28
1952 666% 10,130 327% 4,966 08% 115
1948 486% 5,514 458% 5,189 56% 634
1944 483% 5,514 510% 5,822 07% 81
1940 456% 6,519 537% 7,669 07% 105
1936 224% 3,142 631% 8,872 145% 2,041
1932 332% 4,195 644% 8,129 24% 302
1928 597% 6,561 397% 4,362 06% 63
1924 480% 4,166 83% 721 437% 3,794
1920 674% 6,166 251% 2,291 75% 690
1916 354% 1,743 567% 2,791 78% 385
1912 196% 686 306% 1,071 498% 1,74517
1908 574% 5,286 343% 3,163 83% 761
1904 782% 4,349 164% 914 54% 302
1900 681% 880 282% 364 38% 49

See alsoedit

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

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts" United States Census Bureau Retrieved November 1, 2013 
  2. ^ "Find a County" National Association of Counties 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 4, 2015 
  5. ^ Wick, Douglas A "Kenmare Ward County" North Dakota Place Names Retrieved 7 May 2011 
  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 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 2016-04-03 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-04-03 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-04-03 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2016-04-03 
  16. ^ http://uselectionatlasorg/RESULTS
  17. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 1,065 votes, while Socialist Eugene Debs received 613 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 67 votes

External linksedit

  • Ward County official website
  • Ward County Historical Society website
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