Benson County, North Dakota
|Benson County, North Dakota|
Location in the state of North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||June 4, 1884|
|Largest community||Fort Totten|
|• Total||1,439 sq mi (3,727 km2)|
|• Land||1,389 sq mi (3,597 km2)|
|• Water||51 sq mi (132 km2), 3.5%|
|• Density||4.8/sq mi (2/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Benson County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,660. Its county seat is Minnewaukan. The county was created by the 1879 territorial legislature and named for B.W. Benson, a Dakota Territory legislator at the time. The county government was first organized on June 4, 1884.
- Towner County (north)
- Ramsey County (northeast)
- Nelson County (east)
- Eddy County (southeast)
- Wells County (southwest)
- Pierce County (west)
- U.S. Highway 2
- U.S. Highway 281
- North Dakota Highway 19
- North Dakota Highway 20
- North Dakota Highway 57
National protected areas
- Pleasant Lake National Wildlife Refuge
- Silver Lake National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Sullys Hill National Game Preserve
- Wood Lake National Wildlife Refuge
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,964 people, 2,328 households, and 1,701 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,932 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was mostly White (50.85%) and Native American (48.05%). In addition, 0.10% are Black/African American, 0.01% are Asian, 0.01% are Pacific Islander, 0.16% are from other races, and 0.82% are from two or more races. 0.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 25.2% were of Norwegian and 14.8% German ancestry.
There were 2,328 households out of which 38.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.50% were married couples living together, 16.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.90% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.97 and the average family size was 3.48.
In the county the population was spread out with 36.10% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 102.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,688, and the median income for a family was $31,558. Males had a median income of $23,056 versus $17,862 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,509. About 24.40% of families and 29.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.90% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.
Population by decade
- Butte Valley
- East Fork
- Lake Ibsen
- North Viking
- Pleasant Lake
- Rich Valley
- South Viking
- Twin Lake
- Twin Tree
- West Antelope
- West Bay
- Wood Lake
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||Towner County||Ramsey County|
|Pierce County||Nelson County|
|Wells County||Eddy County|