Amidon, North Dakota

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Amidon, North Dakota
City
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Location of Amidon, North Dakota
Coordinates: 46°28′59″N 103°19′20″W / 46.48306°N 103.32222°W / 46.48306; -103.32222Coordinates: 46°28′59″N 103°19′20″W / 46.48306°N 103.32222°W / 46.48306; -103.32222
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Slope
Area[1]
 • Total 0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
 • Land 0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,904 ft (885 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 20
 • Estimate (2013[3]) 21
 • Density 31.3/sq mi (12.1/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 58620
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-02060
GNIS feature ID 1034682[4]

Amidon (/ˈæmɪdɒn/ AM-i-don) is a city in Slope County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat.[5]

Amidon was the smallest incorporated county seat in the 2000 census. When the 2010 census reported its population as 20 it became the second-smallest incorporated county seat after Brewster, Nebraska, population 17. Brewster is the county seat of Blaine County, Nebraska. In 2000 Amidon had 26 people to Brewster's 29.

There are two other unincorporated county seats that are smaller: Mentone, Texas (population 19), the county seat of Loving County, and Gann Valley, South Dakota (population 14), the county seat of Buffalo County, South Dakota.[6]

Located on US 85 about 31 miles (50 km) north of Bowman, North Dakota, it is the closest city to White Butte.

Namesake[edit]

Amidon is named after judge Charles F. Amidon.[7]

History[edit]

Amidon was founded in 1910 at the anticipated terminus of a Milwaukee Road branch line that diverged from the railroad's Pacific Extension in McLaughlin, South Dakota. The line was ultimately never built farther west of New England, North Dakota, making Amidon one of the few surviving North Dakota cities never to have been served by a rail line.[8] It was also the very last county seat in the state to get electricity when Slope Electric Cooperative wired it up in 1950.

Geography[edit]

Amidon is located at 46°28′59″N 103°19′20″W / 46.48306°N 103.32222°W / 46.48306; -103.32222 (46.483042, -103.322251).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 145
1930 141 −2.8%
1940 102 −27.7%
1950 82 −19.6%
1960 84 2.4%
1970 54 −35.7%
1980 43 −20.4%
1990 24 −44.2%
2000 26 8.3%
2010 20 −23.1%
Est. 2013 21 5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2013 Estimate[11]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 20 people, 11 households, and 7 families residing in the city. The population density was 31.3 inhabitants per square mile (12.1 /km2). There were 17 housing units at an average density of 26.6 per square mile (10.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 11 households of which 9.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, and 36.4% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.82 and the average family size was 2.29.

The median age in the city was 64 years. 10% of residents were under the age of 18; 0.0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 50% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 26 people, 14 households, and 9 families residing in the city. The population density was 41.2 people per square mile (15.9/km²). There were 17 housing units at an average density of 26.9 per square mile (10.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 14 households out of which 14.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.86 and the average family size was 2.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 15.4% under the age of 18, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 38.5% from 45 to 64, and 26.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,188, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,765. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Amidon has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[12]

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