Grand Forks County, North Dakota

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Grand Forks County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Grand Forks 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 March 2, 1875
Seat Grand Forks
Largest city Grand Forks
Area
 • Total 1,440 sq mi (3,730 km2)
 • Land 1,436 sq mi (3,719 km2)
 • Water 3.1 sq mi (8 km2), 0.2%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 69,179
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.gfcounty.nd.gov

Grand Forks County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, its population was 66,861,[1] making it the third-most populous county in North Dakota. Its county seat and largest community is Grand Forks.[2] The county was created in 1873 and later organized in 1875.[3][4]


Grand Forks County is included in the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,440 square miles (3,700 km2), of which 1,436 square miles (3,720 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 6,248
1890 18,357 193.8%
1900 24,459 33.2%
1910 27,888 14.0%
1920 28,795 3.3%
1930 31,956 11.0%
1940 34,518 8.0%
1950 39,448 14.3%
1960 48,677 23.4%
1970 61,102 25.5%
1980 66,100 8.2%
1990 70,683 6.9%
2000 66,109 −6.5%
2010 66,861 1.1%
Est. 2013 69,179 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 66,109 people, 25,435 households, and 15,617 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 27,373 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.00% White, 1.37% Black or African American, 2.31% Native American, 0.98% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. 2.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.6% were of Norwegian, 26.1% German and 5.5% Irish ancestry according to the 2000 census.

There were 25,435 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% 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 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 19.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,785, and the median income for a family was $46,620. Males had a median income of $30,079 versus $21,426 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,868. About 8.0% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

Population by decade[edit]

Communities[edit]

The new Grand Forks County Office Building is located in downtown Grand Forks across from the historic Grand Forks County Courthouse

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other communities[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. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "County History". North Dakota.gov. The State of North Dakota. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 

Coordinates: 47°55′N 97°27′W / 47.92°N 97.45°W / 47.92; -97.45