Akra Township, Pembina County, North Dakota

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Akra Township
Akra Township is located in North Dakota
Akra Township
Akra Township
Location within the state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 48°46′12″N 97°45′14″W / 48.77000°N 97.75389°W / 48.77000; -97.75389Coordinates: 48°46′12″N 97°45′14″W / 48.77000°N 97.75389°W / 48.77000; -97.75389
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Pembina
 • Total 35.9 sq mi (93.1 km2)
 • Land 35.6 sq mi (92.1 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 991 ft (302 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 252
 • Density 7.1/sq mi (2.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58220
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-00900[1]
GNIS feature ID 1036730[2]

Akra Township is a township in Pembina County, North Dakota, United States.


Akra Township was organized in 1882, and was known as one of the "Icelandic Townships," due to its large population of Icelanders who had settled here.[3] Akra takes its name from Akranes, Iceland, a town near Reykjavík.[4] Akra Township was a "double township," spanning two full survey townships. In 1888, the northern part of the township was separated and organized separately as Avon Township (now Advance Township).[3][5]


Icelandic State Park and the adjacent Renwick Dam and Lake Renwick are located in Akra Township.[2]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Sveinbjorn (1906). Libby, Orin Grant, ed. The Icelandic Settlement of Pembina County. Collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota 1. Bismarck, ND: Tribune, State Printers and Binders. p. 109. OCLC 01773487. 
  4. ^ Wick, Douglas A. (1988). North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, North Dakota: Hedemarken Collectibles. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6. OCLC 191277027. 
  5. ^ U.S. Census Bureau (1913). "Number of Inhabitants, North Dakota" (PDF). Thirteenth Census of the United States: 1910. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2008-07-20.