Pierce County, North Dakota

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Pierce County, North Dakota
Pierce County Courthouse ND 2008.jpg
Map of North Dakota highlighting Pierce 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 11, 1887
Named for Gilbert A. Pierce
Seat Rugby
Largest city Rugby
Area
 • Total 1,082 sq mi (2,802 km2)
 • Land 1,018 sq mi (2,637 km2)
 • Water 64 sq mi (166 km2), 5.95%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 4,451
 • Density 5/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Pierce County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,357.[1] Its county seat is Rugby.[2] The county was created by the 1887 territorial legislature and named for Gilbert Ashville Pierce, governor of Dakota Territory from 1884 to 1886 and a representative of North Dakota in the United States Senate from 1889 to 1891. The county government was first organized on April 6, 1889.[3]

The geographical center of North America is in Pierce County, about 6 miles (10 km) west of Balta.[4] Rugby has a monument for the center at the intersection of US 2 and ND 3.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,082 square miles (2,803 km²), of which 1,018 square miles (2,636 km²) is land and 64 square miles (167 km²) (5.95%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 905
1900 4,765 426.5%
1910 9,740 104.4%
1920 9,283 −4.7%
1930 9,074 −2.3%
1940 9,208 1.5%
1950 8,326 −9.6%
1960 7,394 −11.2%
1970 6,323 −14.5%
1980 6,166 −2.5%
1990 5,052 −18.1%
2000 4,675 −7.5%
2010 4,357 −6.8%
Est. 2013 4,451 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2013 Estimate[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,675 people, 1,964 households, and 1,276 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,269 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.50% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. 0.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.7% were of German and 32.7% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 1,964 households out of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.00% were non-families. 32.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 23.90% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 24.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,524, and the median income for a family was $34,412. Males had a median income of $25,037 versus $16,946 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,055. About 9.30% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.40% of those under age 18 and 17.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

  1. 2,946 - Rugby
  2. 66 - Balta
  3. 36 - Wolford

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

2012 estimate population[7]

Townships[edit]

  • Alexanter
  • Antelope Lake
  • Balta
  • Elling
  • Elverum
  • Hagel
  • Jefferson
  • Meyer map
  • Ness
  • Reno Valley
  • Rush Lake
  • Torgerson
  • Truman
  • Tuscarora
  • White

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. ^ MacPherson, James (June 2, 2010). "N.D. town misses mark as North America's center". USA Today. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  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. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". United States Census Bureau. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

Coordinates: 48°15′N 99°59′W / 48.25°N 99.98°W / 48.25; -99.98