Des Lacs, North Dakota

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Des Lacs is a city in Ward County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 209 at the 2000 census. Des Lacs was founded in 1888. Its name is French for "of the Lakes."


Location of Des Lacs, North Dakota

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 km² (0.6 mi²). 1.4 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (5.36%) is water.


As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there were 209 people, 75 households, and 63 families residing in the city. The population density was 149.4/km² (390.1/mi²). There were 76 housing units at an average density of 54.3/km² (141.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.04% White, 0.48% Native American, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

Some of the countryside surrounding Des Lacs

There were 75 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.0% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 109.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,250, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $22,125 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,369. About 6.2% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.


Des Lacs shares its school system with Burlington. Students in grades kindergarten through eight attend school in Burlington, where the elementary school is located, while those in grades nine through twelve attend in Des Lacs. The district is known as "United Public School District 7".

The Des Lacs students meet at the high school to ride their buses to school. The Burlington students meet at the elementary school to ride their buses to school. This recriprocity busing arrangement has worked well for many years.

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