Brandenburg Township, Richland County, North Dakota

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Brandenburg Township
Brandenburg Township, Richland County, North Dakota is located in North Dakota
Brandenburg Township, Richland County, North Dakota
Location within the state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 46°08′45″N 96°48′49″W / 46.14583°N 96.81361°W / 46.14583; -96.81361Coordinates: 46°08′45″N 96°48′49″W / 46.14583°N 96.81361°W / 46.14583; -96.81361
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Richland
Settled[1] c. 1875
 • Total 35.28 sq mi (91.4 km2)
 • Land 35.28 sq mi (91.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 978 ft (298 m)
Population (2009)
 • Total 126
 • Density 3.6/sq mi (1.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code[3] 38-09020
GNIS feature ID[4] 1036828

Brandenburg Township is a civil township located in Richland County, North Dakota.[4] Its population during the 2000 Census was 142,[5] and estimated to be 126 as of 2009.[6]


Brandenburg Township was first settled in the mid-1870s by German immigrants, who originally named it Berlin.[1]

The original name came from George Worner (1855 – 1950), an early settler, who in 1875 established a rural post office on his homestead, and named it Berlin in honor of Berlin, Germany.[7][8] Worner was born in Germany, and his family emigrated to the United States, settling in Wisconsin before moving to Dakota Territory around 1874.[9] The Berlin post office was later moved in 1882 to a site near present-day Great Bend, North Dakota, and was closed permanently on July 12, 1883.[8][10] Part of Great Bend was platted on Worner's homestead, and he instrumental in the city's development.[9][11] Worner later served as county commissioner and in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1925 to 1932.[9][12]

The township had been renamed Brandenburg by the time the 1890 Census was conducted.[13] It reached a peak population of 552 people in 1900. Much of that population was absorbed into the city of Great Bend when it was incorporated in 1908 and became independent of the township.[14]


The 2000 Census reported 142 people, 44 households, and 31 families in the township.[5] The population density was 4.0 per square mile (1.5/km2). There were 61 housing units at an average density of 1.4 per square mile (0.54/km2).[2] The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, with 1.4% of the population reporting two or more races. Those that reported having German ancestry were nearly 80% of the population, reflecting the influence early German settlers had on the township.[1]

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2009126
U.S. Census Bureau[6][15]

Of the township's 44 households, 47.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 63.6% of households were made up of married couples living together, and 29.5% were non-family households. The average household size was 3.23 and the average family size was 4.06.[5]

Brandenburg has a relatively young population, with a median age of 29.5 years. Roughly 73% of the population under the age of 45 in the year 2000. Those under the age of 18 made up the largest subsection of the population (43.7%), followed by 25- to 44-year-olds (29.6%) and 45- to 64-year-olds (16.2%). Just 6.3% of the population was over the age of 65.[16]

The median income for a household in the city was $51,458, and the median income for a family was $51,667. Males had a median income of $37,188 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,330. About 6.0% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Sherman, William C.; et al. (1988). Plains Folks: North Dakota's Ethnic History. Fargo, North Dakota: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies. p. 67. OCLC 17347596.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Census Bureau. Census 2000, Summary File 1. "GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2000 - County -- Subdivision and Place". American FactFinder. <>. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Brandenburg Township". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  5. ^ a b c d U.S. Census Bureau. Census 2000. "Census Demographic Profiles, Brandenburg Township, Richland County, North Dakota" (PDF). CenStats Databases. Retrieved 2009-01-31.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b U.S. Census Bureau (2010). "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions: North Dakota". 2009 Population Estimates. Archived from the original (CSV) on 2010-06-27. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  7. ^ "Berlin, North Dakota (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  8. ^ a b Wick, Douglas A. (1988). North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, North Dakota: Hedemarken Collectibles. p. 16. ISBN 0-9620968-0-6. OCLC 191277027.
  9. ^ a b c A History of Richland County. Wahpeton, ND: Richland County Historical Society. 1977. p. 295 & 298. OCLC 3273577.
  10. ^ Patera, Alan H.; John S. Gallagher (1982). North Dakota Post Offices, 1850-1982. Burtonsville, Maryland: The Depot. pp. 117–119. OCLC 09763647.
  11. ^ Williams, Mary Ann (Barnes) (1966). Origins of North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, North Dakota: Bismarck Tribune. p. 257. OCLC 431626.
  12. ^ "Dakota Lawmakers" (PDF). North Dakota Legislative Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  13. ^ U.S. Census Bureau (1893). "Population of North Dakota" (PDF). Eleventh Census of the United States: 1890. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2008-07-20.
  14. ^ North Dakota Secretary of State (1989). North Dakota Centennial Blue Book. Bismarck, ND: North Dakota Legislative Assembly. p. 506.
  15. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Decennial Censuses: 1790-2000. Archived from the original on 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2008-07-20.
  16. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. Census 2000. "QT-P1. Age Groups and Sex, Brandenburg Township". American FactFinder. <>. Retrieved 2009-01-31.

External links[edit]