McIntosh County, North Dakota

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McIntosh County, North Dakota
Ashley, North Dakota - County Courthouse.jpg
McIntosh County Courthouse in Ashley
Map of North Dakota highlighting McIntosh 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 9, 1883
Seat Ashley
Largest city Wishek
Area
 • Total 995 sq mi (2,577 km2)
 • Land 975 sq mi (2,525 km2)
 • Water 20 sq mi (52 km2), 1.99%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 2,754
 • Density 3/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

McIntosh County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,809.[1] Its county seat is Ashley.[2]

McIntosh County was created by the 1883 territorial legislature after the southern half of Logan County was divided. The name refers to Edward H. McIntosh, a member of the legislature at the time.[3] The county seat was originally Hoskins, but changed in 1888 after everything in Hoskins but the school was moved three miles east to the new Soo Line Railroad townsite of Ashley.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 995 square miles (2,580 km2), of which 975 square miles (2,530 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (1.99%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 3,248
1900 4,818 48.3%
1910 7,251 50.5%
1920 9,010 24.3%
1930 9,621 6.8%
1940 8,984 −6.6%
1950 7,590 −15.5%
1960 6,702 −11.7%
1970 5,545 −17.3%
1980 4,800 −13.4%
1990 4,021 −16.2%
2000 3,390 −15.7%
2010 2,809 −17.1%
Est. 2013 2,754 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2013 Estimate[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,390 people, 1,467 households, and 975 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,853 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.88% White, 0.15% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 82.2% were of German and 5.0% American ancestry.

There were 1,467 households out of which 22.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.30% were married couples living together, 3.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 32.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.90% 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 2.75.

In the county the population was spread out with 19.40% under the age of 18, 4.60% from 18 to 24, 19.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 34.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,389, and the median income for a family was $31,771. Males had a median income of $22,153 versus $16,743 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,018. About 10.60% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 18.90% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 59.8% 916 37.8% 579 2.4% 37
2004 72.8% 1,254 25.3% 436 1.9% 32
2000 72.0% 1,178 21.4% 350 6.7% 109
1996 56.4% 1,005 26.4% 470 17.2% 306
1992 55.2% 1,134 21.9% 450 22.9% 470
1988 73.5% 1,726 25.5% 598 1.0% 23
1984 81.5% 2,047 17.0% 427 1.6% 39
1980 86.0% 2,471 10.7% 308 3.3% 94
1976 64.3% 1,785 32.9% 912 2.8% 79
1972 81.6% 2,440 17.4% 521 1.0% 29
1968 59.6% 1,625 34.3% 935 6.0% 165
1964 66.6% 1,891 33.4% 950 0.0% 0
1960 81.1% 2,694 18.9% 628 0.0% 0

McIntosh County is a historically Republican county. The last Democrat to carry McIntosh County was Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936.[7] In 1920,[8] 1940,[9] 1944.[10] and 1952[11] elections the Republican Presidential candidate reportedly received over 90% of the county's vote. Although shifting somewhat Democratic in more recent Presidential elections John McCain received roughly 59% of the county's vote in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.[12]

In the United States House of Representatives it is represented by Republican Rick Berg. As part of District 28 it is represented in the North Dakota Senate by Robert S. Erbele (R) and in the North Dakota House of Representatives by Mike Brandenburg (R) and William E. Kretschmar (R).[13]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

  1. 980 - Wishek
  2. 731 - Ashley
  3. 84 - Zeeland
  4. 79 - Lehr (part of city is in Logan County; 2010 census: 66 in McIntosh County; 14 in Logan County; 80 total)
  5. 10 - Venturia

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

2012 estimate population[14]

Township[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Wick, Douglas A. "Hoskins (McIntosh County)". North Dakota Place Names. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Presidential election of 1936 - Map by counties
  8. ^ David Leip's Election Atlas statistics for 1920
  9. ^ David Leip's Election Atlas statistics for 1940
  10. ^ David Leip's Election Atlas statistics for 1944
  11. ^ David Leip's Election Atlas statistics for 1952
  12. ^ The New York Times electoral map (Zoom in on North Dakota)
  13. ^ North Dakota Legislature site
  14. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in North Dakota". United States Census Bureau. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 

Coordinates: 46°07′N 99°26′W / 46.12°N 99.44°W / 46.12; -99.44