Cass County, North Dakota

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Cass County, North Dakota
Cass County Courthouse Fargo.jpg
Cass County Courthouse in Fargo
Map of North Dakota highlighting Cass 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 October 27, 1873
Named for George Washington Cass
Seat Fargo
Largest city Fargo
Area
 • Total 1,768 sq mi (4,579 km2)
 • Land 1,765 sq mi (4,571 km2)
 • Water 3.0 sq mi (8 km2), 0.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 175,249
 • Density 95/sq mi (36.5/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.cass.nd.us

Cass County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 149,778, and was estimated to be 175,249 in 2016.[1] Cass County is the most populous county in North Dakota, accounting for nearly 23% of the state's population in 2016.[2][3] Its county seat is Fargo,[4] the most populous city in the state. The county was organized on October 27, 1873.[5][6]

Cass County is part of the Fargo, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Cass County dates back to the days of the Dakota Territory. It was one of the original counties defined in 1872, and was organized on October 27, 1873, at a meeting in Fargo. It was named after railroad executive George Washington Cass (1810 - 1888).[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,768 square miles (4,580 km2), of which 1,765 square miles (4,570 km2) is land and 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.2%) is water.[8]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 8,998
1890 19,613 118.0%
1900 28,625 45.9%
1910 33,935 18.6%
1920 41,477 22.2%
1930 48,735 17.5%
1940 52,849 8.4%
1950 58,877 11.4%
1960 66,947 13.7%
1970 73,653 10.0%
1980 88,247 19.8%
1990 102,874 16.6%
2000 123,138 19.7%
2010 149,778 21.6%
Est. 2016 175,249 [9] 17.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2016[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 123,138 people, 51,315 households, and 29,814 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 53,790 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.10% White, 0.81% Black or African American, 1.08% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.1% were of German and 32.4% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 51,315 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 16.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.5 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,147, and the median income for a family was $51,469. Males had a median income of $32,216 versus $22,300 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,889. About 5.7% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 149,778 people, 63,899 households, and 35,215 families residing in the county.[14] The population density was 84.9 inhabitants per square mile (32.8/km2). There were 67,938 housing units at an average density of 38.5 per square mile (14.9/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 91.7% white, 2.4% Asian, 2.3% black or African American, 1.2% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.0% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 45.4% were German, 35.8% were Norwegian, 9.2% were Irish, 6.3% were Swedish, and 1.7% were American.[16]

Of the 63,899 households, 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 44.9% were non-families, and 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 31.5 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,600 and the median income for a family was $68,858. Males had a median income of $42,557 versus $31,916 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,184. About 5.8% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Population by decade[edit]

Government[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 49.3% 39,816 38.8% 31,361 11.9% 9,644
2012 49.9% 36,855 47.0% 34,712 3.1% 2,288
2008 45.3% 32,566 52.4% 37,622 2.3% 1,646
2004 59.4% 39,619 39.0% 26,010 1.6% 1,082
2000 56.9% 33,536 36.4% 21,451 6.8% 4,008
1996 48.0% 24,238 43.0% 21,693 9.0% 4,540
1992 47.7% 25,312 34.0% 18,077 18.3% 9,727
1988 54.3% 26,699 45.0% 22,107 0.7% 331
1984 61.4% 29,221 37.9% 18,054 0.7% 354
1980 54.8% 23,886 31.1% 13,562 14.2% 6,172
1976 54.5% 22,583 43.2% 17,879 2.3% 949
1972 60.0% 21,770 38.8% 14,073 1.3% 463
1968 55.9% 15,240 39.7% 10,819 4.5% 1,212
1964 45.3% 12,972 54.7% 15,674 0.1% 23
1960 58.9% 17,498 41.1% 12,213
1956 63.3% 16,932 36.7% 9,821 0.1% 17
1952 66.2% 18,094 33.6% 9,193 0.2% 57
1948 52.3% 11,430 45.5% 9,937 2.2% 469
1944 50.4% 10,661 49.1% 10,390 0.6% 116
1940 51.1% 12,567 48.5% 11,911 0.4% 108
1936 35.2% 7,632 57.2% 12,400 7.6% 1,638
1932 43.8% 8,937 54.4% 11,094 1.8% 363
1928 66.2% 12,480 33.5% 6,315 0.3% 63
1924 65.9% 9,906 9.0% 1,352 25.2% 3,783
1920 77.0% 10,735 20.2% 2,817 2.8% 386
1916 46.7% 3,093 49.9% 3,303 3.5% 230
1912 26.2% 1,316 36.1% 1,814 37.6% 1,889[19]
1908 62.5% 3,681 34.0% 2,000 3.5% 206
1904 80.4% 3,788 12.9% 609 6.7% 314
1900 65.7% 3,485 30.8% 1,636 3.5% 185

Cass County is governed by a board of commissioners, each elected to a four-year term. Other elected officials include the auditor, recorder, sheriff, state's attorney, and treasurer. Appointed officials include administrator, extension agent, director of tax equalization, highway engineer, information technology coordinator, social services officer, veterans service officer, and weed control officer.

District Commissioner In office since Current term expires in
1st Chad Peterson 2012 2016
2nd Vern Bennett (Chair) 2002 2014
3rd Ken Pawluk 2004 2016
4th Darrell Vanyo (Vice Chair) 2002 2014
5th Mary Scherling 2012 2016

The current Sheriff is Paul D. Laney. Laney has served as Sheriff of Cass County since January 2, 2007.

Communities[edit]

Cass County Courthouse

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Based on 2016 Census. 175,249 (Cass pop.) / 757,952 (ND pop.) = 22.50%
  3. ^ "Top 100 Counties by Growth, 2013". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "County History". North Dakota.gov. The State of North Dakota. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 71. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 22, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  16. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  17. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  18. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  19. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 1,316 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 164 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 56 votes.

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Coordinates: 46°56′N 97°15′W / 46.93°N 97.25°W / 46.93; -97.25