Flasher, North Dakota

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Flasher, North Dakota
City
Post office in Flasher, North Dakota
Post office in Flasher, North Dakota
Nickname(s): "Little Town on the Black Hills Trail"
Motto: "The past is appreciated but we must move forward"[citation needed]
Location of Flasher, North Dakota
Location of Flasher, North Dakota
Coordinates: 46°27′18″N 101°13′59″W / 46.45500°N 101.23306°W / 46.45500; -101.23306Coordinates: 46°27′18″N 101°13′59″W / 46.45500°N 101.23306°W / 46.45500; -101.23306
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Morton
Area[1]
 • Total 0.71 sq mi (1.84 km2)
 • Land 0.70 sq mi (1.81 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 1,959 ft (597 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 232
 • Estimate (2013[3]) 227
 • Density 331.4/sq mi (128.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58535
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-26660
GNIS feature ID 1028981[4]

Flasher is a city in Morton County, North Dakota, United States. It is part of the "Bismarck, ND Metropolitan Statistical Area" or "Bismarck-Mandan". The population was 232 at the 2010 census.[5] Flasher was founded in 1902. Flasher is also the birthplace of Taylor Krenz, famous local athlete.

History[edit]

Flasher was founded by William H. Brown who plotted the town site and had the town surveyed into lots. He tried to name the town "Iowa City", but the postal department would no longer allow a state's name to be in the name of a city. So he decided to name it "Flasher" after his niece Mable Flasher Vrooman. Flasher started a newspaper in 1903, "The Flasher Hustler". The city was surging in growth and Flasher survived The Dust Bowl unlike most farming communities. The city flooded in 1943 in the spring time. The Heart River was overflowing and as of today some people continue to call the river "Heartless" because of the damage it had caused to the little town.

Geography[edit]

Flasher is located at 46°27′18″N 101°13′59″W / 46.45500°N 101.23306°W / 46.45500; -101.23306 (46.454942, -101.232920).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.71 square miles (1.84 km2), of which, 0.70 square miles (1.81 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 287
1930 346 20.6%
1940 387 11.8%
1950 413 6.7%
1960 515 24.7%
1970 467 −9.3%
1980 410 −12.2%
1990 317 −22.7%
2000 285 −10.1%
2010 232 −18.6%
Est. 2013 227 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2013 Estimate[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 232 people, 113 households, and 58 families residing in the city. The population density was 331.4 inhabitants per square mile (128.0/km2). There were 135 housing units at an average density of 192.9 per square mile (74.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 1.3% from two or more races.

There were 113 households of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.7% were non-families. 46.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 40.6 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% 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 285 people, 130 households, and 72 families residing in the city. The population density was 408.0 people per square mile (157.2/km²). There were 155 housing units at an average density of 221.9 per square mile (85.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.89% White, 0.35% Native American, 0.35% Asian, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population. Flasher, North Dakota was established by multiple German families from Russia in the early 1900s. It is rumored that one of the sons from the ship was left behind and is now living in Germany, in a small village near Heidelberg.

There were 130 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.6% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 19.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 30.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,313, and the median income for a family was $40,556. Males had a median income of $24,167 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,970. About 9.7% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.4% of those under the age of eighteen and 12.7% of those sixty five or over.

Climate[edit]

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Flasher has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[9]

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