Cass County, North Dakota

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Cass County, North Dakota
Cass County Courthouse Fargo.jpg
Cass County Courthouse in Fargo
Map of North Dakota highlighting Cass 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 January 4, 1873
Named for George Washington Cass
Seat Fargo
Largest city Fargo
Area
 • Total 1,768 sq mi (4,579 km2)
 • Land 1,765 sq mi (4,571 km2)
 • Water 3 sq mi (8 km2), 0.15%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 162,829
 • Density 70/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.cass.nd.us

Cass County is a county located in the State of North Dakota, USA. As of the 2010 census, the population was 149,778, and was estimated to be 162,829 in 2013.[1] Its county seat is Fargo.[2] Cass County is the most populous county in North Dakota, accounting for nearly 23% of the population.[3] It is the 14th-fastest growing county in the United States.[4]

Cass County is part of the Fargo, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Cass County dates back to the days of the Dakota Territory. It was one of the original counties defined in 1872, and was organized on October 27, 1873, at a meeting in Fargo. It was named after railroad executive George Washington Cass[5] (1810 - 1888).

Government[edit]

Presidential Election Results 1960–2012[6]
Year Democrat Republican
2012 47.0% 34,712 49.9% 36,855
2008 52.4% 37,622 45.3% 32,566
2004 39.0% 26,010 59.4% 39,619
2000 36.4% 21,451 56.8% 33,536
1996 43.0% 21,693 48.0% 24,238
1992 34.0% 18,077 47.7% 25,312
1988 45.0% 22,107 54.3% 26,699
1984 37.9% 18,054 61.4% 29,221
1980 31.1% 13,562 54.8% 23,886
1976 43.2% 17,879 54.5% 22,583
1972 38.8% 14,073 60.0% 21,770
1968 39.7% 10,819 55.9% 15,240
1964 54.7% 15,674 45.2% 12,972
1960 41.1% 12,213 58.9% 17,498

Cass County is governed by a board of commissioners, each elected to a four-year term. Other elected officials include the auditor, recorder, sheriff, state's attorney, and treasurer. Appointed officials include administrator, extension agent, director of tax equalization, highway engineer, information technology coordinator, social services officer, veterans service officer, and weed control officer.

District Commissioner In office since Current term expires in
1st Chad Peterson 2012 2016
2nd Vern Bennett (Chair) 2002 2014
3rd Ken Pawluk 2004 2016
4th Darrell Vanyo (Vice Chair) 2002 2014
5th Mary Scherling 2012 2016

The current Sheriff is Paul D. Laney. Laney has served as Sheriff of Cass County since January 2, 2007.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,768 square miles (4,579.1 km2), of which 1,765 square miles (4,571.3 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.15%) is water.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 8,998
1890 19,613 118.0%
1900 28,625 45.9%
1910 33,935 18.6%
1920 41,477 22.2%
1930 48,735 17.5%
1940 52,849 8.4%
1950 58,877 11.4%
1960 66,947 13.7%
1970 73,653 10.0%
1980 88,247 19.8%
1990 102,874 16.6%
2000 123,138 19.7%
2010 149,778 21.6%
Est. 2013 162,829 8.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2013 Estimate[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 123,138 people, 51,315 households, and 29,814 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 53,790 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.10% White, 0.81% Black or African American, 1.08% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.1% were of German and 32.4% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 51,315 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 16.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.5 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,147, and the median income for a family was $51,469. Males had a median income of $32,216 versus $22,300 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,889. About 5.7% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Population by decade[edit]

Communities[edit]

Cass County Courthouse

Cities[edit]

  1. 113,658 - Fargo
  2. 29,878 - West Fargo
  3. 2,543 - Horace
  4. 2,491 - Casselton
  5. 853 - Mapleton
  6. 750 - Harwood
  7. 722 - Kindred
  8. 581 - Reile's Acres
  9. 483 - Argusville
  10. 346 - Arthur
  11. 310 - Oxbow
  12. 267 - Hunter
  13. 264 - Tower City (part of city is in Barnes County, although all of the population is in Cass County portion)
  14. 256 - Davenport
  15. 236 - Page
  16. 230 - Leonard
  17. 217 - Frontier
  18. 197 - Buffalo
  19. 178 - Grandin (an unpopulated part of city is in Traill County)
  20. 96 - Amenia
  21. 77 - Briarwood
  22. 77 - Gardner
  23. 74 - Prairie Rose
  24. 57 - North River
  25. 41 - Alice
  26. 17 - Ayr
  27. 4 - Enderlin (Cass County portion only; 884 in Ransom County; 888 total)

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

2013 estimate population[9]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other community[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Based on 2013 Census. 162,829 (Cass pop.) / 723,393 (ND pop.) = 22.50%
  4. ^ "Top 100 Counties by Growth, 2013". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 71. 
  6. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved July 5, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°56′N 97°15′W / 46.93°N 97.25°W / 46.93; -97.25