Burke County, North Dakota

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Burke County, North Dakota
Portal State Bank.jpg
Union Bank of Portal
Map of North Dakota highlighting Burke County
Location in the U.S. state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded 15 July, 1910
Named for John Burke
Seat Bowbells
Largest city Bowbells
Area
 • Total 1,129 sq mi (2,924 km2)
 • Land 1,104 sq mi (2,859 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (65 km2), 2.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 2,198
 • Density 1.8/sq mi (0.7/km2)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.burkecountynd.com

Burke County is a county located on the north edge of the U.S. state of North Dakota, adjacent to the south line of Canada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,968.[1] Its county seat is Bowbells.[2] The county was created in 1910.[3][4]

History[edit]

Burke County was partitioned in 1910 from 'Imperial Ward' County (which covered present-day Burke, Mountrail, Renville, and Ward counties). It is named after John Burke (1859–1937), a politician who served as governor of North Dakota and Treasurer of the United States. The county government was first organized on July 15, 1910; the county seat has always been Bowbells.[5] The county is managed by a three-member Board of Commissioners. As of 2018 the Board Chair is Debbie Kuryn.[6]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,129 square miles (2,920 km2), of which 1,104 square miles (2,860 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (2.2%) is water.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19109,064
19209,5114.9%
19309,9985.1%
19407,653−23.5%
19506,621−13.5%
19605,886−11.1%
19704,739−19.5%
19803,822−19.4%
19903,002−21.5%
20002,242−25.3%
20101,968−12.2%
Est. 20162,198[8]11.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census, there were 2,242 people, 1,013 households, and 680 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.0 people per square mile (0.8/km²). There were 1,412 housing units at an average density of 1.3 per square mile (0.5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.24% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.22% from two or more races. 0.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 52.4% were of Norwegian, 18.4% German and 7.4% Swedish ancestry.

There were 1,013 households out of which 23.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 5.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 31.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.77.

The county's population was spread out with 20.80% under the age of 18, 3.50% from 18 to 24, 22.30% from 25 to 44, 28.30% from 45 to 64, and 25.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 101.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,330, and the median income for a family was $31,384. Males had a median income of $28,164 versus $16,382 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,026. About 11.70% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,968 people, 913 households, and 567 families residing in the county.[13] The population density was 1.8 inhabitants per square mile (0.69/km2). There were 1,340 housing units at an average density of 1.2 per square mile (0.46/km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 97.8% white, 0.8% American Indian, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.0% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.9% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 45.2% were of Norwegian, 34.9% German, 13% Swedish, and 10% Danish ancestry.[15]

Of the 913 households, 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.9% were non-families, and 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.74. The median age was 48.1 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $50,800 and the median income for a family was $62,283. Males had a median income of $49,958 versus $27,206 for females. The per capita income for the county was $32,347. About 3.3% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Economy[edit]

The main industries are farming and oil. Burke County is one of several western North Dakota counties with significant exposure to the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

  • Battleview
  • Bowbells
  • Carter
  • Clayton
  • Cleary
  • Colville
  • Dale
  • Dimond
  • Fay
  • Foothills
  • Forthun
  • Garness
  • Harmonious
  • Kandiyohi
  • Keller
  • Lakeview
  • Leaf Mountain
  • Lucy
  • Minnesota
  • North Star
  • Portal
  • Richland
  • Roseland
  • Short Creek
  • Soo
  • Thorson
  • Vale
  • Vanville
  • Ward

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Atcoal
  • Battleview
  • Coteau
  • Kincaid
  • Northgate
  • Perella
  • Rival
  • Stampede
  • Woburn

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 85.1% 895 11.3% 119 3.6% 38
2012 75.2% 769 22.5% 230 2.4% 24
2008 67.9% 640 30.3% 286 1.8% 17
2004 69.4% 808 28.8% 336 1.8% 21
2000 67.2% 698 28.5% 296 4.3% 45
1996 44.4% 483 38.2% 416 17.5% 190
1992 36.2% 551 30.1% 458 33.8% 515
1988 57.5% 971 41.0% 693 1.5% 26
1984 69.5% 1,298 29.1% 543 1.5% 28
1980 73.3% 1,442 21.2% 418 5.5% 108
1976 52.0% 1,087 43.0% 899 4.9% 103
1972 66.4% 1,446 29.9% 651 3.8% 82
1968 56.8% 1,239 37.1% 808 6.1% 133
1964 40.0% 974 59.7% 1,454 0.3% 6
1960 59.9% 1,609 40.0% 1,076 0.1% 2
1956 60.0% 1,415 39.7% 936 0.3% 8
1952 69.9% 1,986 28.6% 811 1.6% 44
1948 51.0% 1,212 40.9% 972 8.2% 195
1944 54.5% 1,540 43.4% 1,226 2.2% 61
1940 57.5% 1,951 39.6% 1,342 2.9% 98
1936 18.3% 684 48.8% 1,821 32.9% 1,226
1932 25.2% 906 68.8% 2,473 6.0% 215
1928 58.4% 2,002 39.0% 1,336 2.7% 91
1924 39.6% 996 5.4% 135 55.0% 1,383
1920 70.9% 1,911 16.9% 456 12.1% 327
1916 31.4% 518 55.8% 922 12.8% 211
1912 23.6% 264 27.5% 308 48.9% 548

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "County History". North Dakota.gov. The State of North Dakota. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Burke County Commissioners (county website)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. 22 August 2012. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (27 March 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. 2 April 2001. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 12 April 2018. 

Coordinates: 48°47′N 102°31′W / 48.79°N 102.52°W / 48.79; -102.52