Dickey County, North Dakota

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Dickey County, North Dakota
Dickey County Courthouse (Ellendale, ND).jpg
Postcard. Dickey County Courthouse in 1915.
Map of North Dakota highlighting Dickey County
Location within the U.S. state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location within the U.S.
FoundedMarch 5, 1881 (created)
August 18, 1882 (organized)
Named forGeorge H. Dickey
SeatEllendale
Largest cityOakes
Area
 • Total1,142 sq mi (2,958 km2)
 • Land1,131 sq mi (2,929 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (28 km2), 0.9%
Population (est.)
 • (2018)4,903
 • Density4.3/sq mi (1.7/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.dickeynd.com

Dickey County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 5,289.[1] Its county seat is Ellendale.[2]

History[edit]

The Dakota Territory legislature created Dickey County on March 5, 1881, with territories annexed from McPherson County, South Dakota and Ransom County, North Dakota, with some previously unorganized territories added. Its governing structure was effected on August 18, 1882. It was named for a member of the Territorial Legislature, George H. Dickey.[3][4][5]

Geography[edit]

Dickey County lies on the south side of North Dakota. Its south boundary line abuts the north boundary line of the state of South Dakota. The James River flows south-southeasterly through the east part of the county, and the Maple River flows south-southwesterly through the center part of the county. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds in its western portion, with the area devoted to agriculture.[6] The terrain slopes to the south and east, with its highest point being a hill near the SW corner at 2,139' (652m) ASL.[7]. The county has a total area of 1,142 square miles (2,960 km2), of which 1,131 square miles (2,930 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (0.9%) is water.[8]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Lakes[6][edit]

  • Hilles Lake
  • Pheasant Lake

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18905,573
19006,0618.8%
19109,83962.3%
192010,4996.7%
193010,8773.6%
19409,696−10.9%
19509,121−5.9%
19608,147−10.7%
19706,976−14.4%
19807,2073.3%
19906,107−15.3%
20005,757−5.7%
20105,289−8.1%
Est. 20184,903[9]−7.3%
US Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2018[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 5,757 people, 2,283 households, and 1,499 families in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,656 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.78% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 48.9% were of German, 14.7% Norwegian, 6.7% American and 6.0% Irish ancestry. 92.3% spoke English, 5.7% German and 1.5% Spanish as their first language.

There were 2,283 households out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 4.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.30% were non-families. 32.00% 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 2.36 and the average family size was 2.99.

The county population contained 23.80% under the age of 18, 10.20% from 18 to 24, 22.50% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 21.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,231, and the median income for a family was $36,682. Males had a median income of $26,914 versus $15,668 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,846. About 11.60% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 10.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,289 people, 2,180 households, and 1,379 families in the county.[14] The population density was 4.7 inhabitants per square mile (1.8/km2). There were 2,636 housing units at an average density of 2.3 per square mile (0.89/km2).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 96.5% white, 0.7% black or African American, 0.6% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.9% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 56.3% were German, 16.9% were Norwegian, 11.4% were Irish, 7.4% were Swedish, 5.1% were Russian, and 1.1% were American.[16]

Of the 2,180 households, 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.7% were non-families, and 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.94. The median age was 43.0 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $37,179 and the median income for a family was $53,333. Males had a median income of $36,029 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,824. About 6.8% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[6][edit]

Townships[edit]

Politics[edit]

Dickey County voters are traditionally Republican-leaning. In only one national election since 1936 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 69.3% 1,667 23.0% 554 7.7% 186
2012 63.5% 1,610 33.7% 853 2.8% 72
2008 58.2% 1,525 39.9% 1,044 2.0% 51
2004 67.0% 1,890 31.3% 883 1.7% 48
2000 66.5% 1,853 28.9% 806 4.6% 127
1996 53.2% 1,418 35.8% 953 11.0% 294
1992 49.5% 1,514 30.0% 918 20.5% 628
1988 61.9% 2,064 37.4% 1,249 0.7% 23
1984 69.4% 2,460 29.6% 1,051 1.0% 35
1980 68.7% 2,455 25.7% 917 5.7% 202
1976 54.7% 2,027 43.5% 1,612 1.9% 70
1972 63.6% 2,277 35.4% 1,266 1.1% 38
1968 62.3% 2,087 32.8% 1,098 4.9% 163
1964 49.8% 1,808 50.1% 1,818 0.1% 4
1960 62.8% 2,420 37.2% 1,433 0.1% 3
1956 61.7% 2,327 38.1% 1,435 0.2% 8
1952 71.2% 2,917 28.1% 1,150 0.7% 28
1948 54.9% 1,774 39.1% 1,264 6.0% 194
1944 61.1% 2,134 38.3% 1,339 0.5% 19
1940 57.4% 2,777 35.6% 1,721 7.0% 337
1936 34.4% 1,533 51.3% 2,287 14.3% 638
1932 30.7% 1,424 66.1% 3,068 3.3% 151
1928 52.9% 2,250 46.5% 1,977 0.6% 26
1924 43.7% 1,716 9.0% 352 47.4% 1,862
1920 75.8% 2,887 20.1% 766 4.1% 156
1916 50.1% 1,037 44.5% 920 5.4% 112
1912 29.9% 494 43.8% 723 26.3% 435
1908 61.0% 1,062 36.3% 633 2.7% 47
1904 69.6% 998 23.5% 336 6.9% 99
1900 56.2% 763 41.8% 567 2.1% 28

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 106.
  4. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "County History". North Dakota.gov. The State of North Dakota. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Dickey County ND Google Maps (accessed 17 February 2019)
  7. ^ "Find an Altitude/Dickey County ND" Google Maps (accessed 17 February 2019)
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. 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". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 12, 2018.

Coordinates: 46°07′N 98°29′W / 46.11°N 98.49°W / 46.11; -98.49