Billings County, North Dakota

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Billings County, North Dakota
Billings county north dakota courthouse.jpg
Billings County Courthouse in Medora, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Billings County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded May 4, 1886
Named for Frederick H. Billings
Seat Medora
Largest city Medora
 • Total 1,153 sq mi (2,986 km2)
 • Land 1,149 sq mi (2,976 km2)
 • Water 4.6 sq mi (12 km2), 0.4%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 874
 • Density 1/sq mi (0.30/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Billings County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010, the population was 783.[1] Its county seat and only incorporated place is Medora.[2]

The Territorial legislature authorized Billings County in 1879, naming it for Northern Pacific Railway president Frederick H. Billings. It was organized seven years later, on May 4, 1886, at a meeting in Medora. The county's area was later reduced by erecting new counties: Golden Valley County in 1912 and Slope County in 1915.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,153 square miles (2,986.3 km2), of which 1,149 square miles (2,980 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (0.4%) is water.[4] The South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park lies in the central part of the county, just north of Medora.

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,323
1890 170 −87.2%
1900 975 473.5%
1910 10,186 944.7%
1920 3,126 −69.3%
1930 3,140 0.4%
1940 2,531 −19.4%
1950 1,777 −29.8%
1960 1,513 −14.9%
1970 1,198 −20.8%
1980 1,138 −5.0%
1990 1,108 −2.6%
2000 888 −19.9%
2010 783 −11.8%
Est. 2013 874 11.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[1]
[note 1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 888 people, 366 households, and 255 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.79 people per square mile (0.31/km²). There were 529 housing units at an average density of 0.45 per square mile (0.18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.96% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.2% were of German, 17.5% Ukrainian, 8.2% Norwegian and 5.4% Irish ancestry.

There were 366 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 112.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,667, and the median income for a family was $35,750. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,186. About 10.7% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

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Presidential elections[edit]

The county is traditionally Republican. In each of the last three elections the Republican candidate has received over 70% of the county's vote.[6] However, it has some third party or independent interest. Billings county gave Ross Perot over 20% of the vote in both of his campaigns.[7][8] It also gave Pat Buchanan approximately 6% when he ran as the Reform Party's candidate.[9]



Note: all incorporated communities in North Dakota are called "cities" regardless of their size.

2012 estimate population[10]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ The total for 1910 includes population (8,009) of townships taken to form Golden Valley and Slope Counties in 1912 and 1915, respectively.

Coordinates: 47°02′N 103°22′W / 47.04°N 103.37°W / 47.04; -103.37