Ward County, North Dakota
|Ward County, North Dakota|
Location in the state of North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
|Founded||April 14, 1885|
|• Total||2,056 sq mi (5,325 km2)|
|• Land||2,013 sq mi (5,214 km2)|
|• Water||43 sq mi (111 km2), 2.11%|
|• Density||28/sq mi (11/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Ward County is part of the Minot, ND Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Ward County was created by the 1885 Dakota Territory legislature and named for Mark Ward, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Counties during the session. The county government was first organized on November 23, 1885 with Burlington as the county seat. This was changed to Minot in 1888.
Until 1908, Ward County included what is now Burke, Mountrail, and Renville counties; this landmass often being referred to as 'Imperial Ward' County and which was the largest county in the state at the time. In 1908, voters in took up measures to partition the county. The results for that portion forming Mountrail County were accepted but a dispute over the results for the portions that would become Burke and Renville counties was taken to court and which resulted in favorable rulings in 1910. In addition, when the proposed county lines for Burke and Renville counties were drawn, neither group wanted to include Kenmare and risk that city becoming the county seat, so Kenmare was left in Ward County at the end of a narrow strip of land.
- Renville County (north)
- McHenry County (east)
- McLean County (south)
- Mountrail County (west)
- Burke County (northwest)
||Burke County||Renville County|
|Mountrail County||McHenry County|
National protected areas
- Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Hiddenwood National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge (part)
As of the census of 2000, there were 58,795 people, 23,041 households, and 15,368 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 25,097 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The county is predominately White (92.40%), with African Americans and Native Americans making up 2.22% and 2.07% respectively. Asians and Pacific Islanders made up less than 1% of the population. Other races and those that identified as being two or more races made up 2.43%. 1.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.7% were of German ancestry and 27.9% Norwegian ancestry according to the 2000 census.
There were 23,041 households out of which 34.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 13.00% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 19.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,670, and the median income for a family was $41,342. Males had a median income of $27,980 versus $19,830 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,926. About 7.90% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.
- 46,321 - Minot
- 1,133 - Surrey
- 1,108 - Kenmare
- 1,051 - Burlington
- 485 - Berthold
- 351 - Sawyer
- 208 - Des Lacs
- 152 - Carpio
- 151 - Makoti
- 84 - Ryder
- 62 - Douglas
- 56 - Donnybrook
Note: all incorporated communities in North Dakota are called "cities" regardless of their size.
- Minot Air Force Base - 5,521
- Aurelia - "ghost town" south of Donnybrook
- Foxholm - small community in the Des Lacs Valley north of Burlington
- Gassman - founded as the Gassman Creek Coulee trestle was being built, now referred to as "Trestle Valley"
- Hartland - "ghost town" north of Berthold
- Lonetree - small 100 person community northwest of Des Lacs and southeast of Berthold
- Logan - small community south of Minot and north of Sawyer in the Souris River Valley
- Rice Lake - small community around Rice Lake south of Minot
- Rice Lake Park
- Ruthville - small community that was created due to construction of Minot Air Force Base about a mile north
- South Prairie - small community with modern school, south of Minot
- Wolseth - diminishing community, south of the Renville County border, and Granville
- Harrison - early sister community of Minot, annexed into Minot
- Waldorf - annexed into Minot boundaries in its early years
- Roach - railroad siding
- Ralston - railroad siding
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- "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
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- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in North Dakota". United States Census Bureau. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-10-18.