Divide County, North Dakota
Divide County Courthouse in Crosby
Location within the U.S. state of North Dakota
North Dakota's location within the U.S.
|• Total||1,294 sq mi (3,350 km2)|
|• Land||1,261 sq mi (3,270 km2)|
|• Water||33 sq mi (90 km2) 2.6%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1.6/sq mi (0.62/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
On November 8, 1910 election, the voters of Williams County voters determined that the county should be divided into a northern and a southern county. The vote was affirmative; the southern portion retained the Williams name; the newly created county was named "Divide", with Crosby as the seat. The county government was effected on December 9 of that year, and the county's boundaries have remained unchanged since that time. Most histories attribute the county name to its "division" from Williams County, though the county's location on the Laurentian Divide, separating runoff waters between Hudson Bay and Gulf of Mexico, may have been involved.
Divide County lies at the northwest corner of North Dakota. Its northern boundary line abuts the south boundary line of Canada and its west boundary line abuts the east boundary line of the state of Montana. The terrain of Divide County consists of semi-arid rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds, partially devoted to agriculture. The terrain generally slopes to the east; the northern part also slopes to the north while the southern part slopes to the south. The county has a total area of 1,294 square miles (3,350 km2), of which 1,261 square miles (3,270 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (2.6%) is water.
Adjacent counties and rural municipalities
- Bright Water Lake
- McCone Lake
- Miller Lake
- Musta Lake
- North Lake
- Rattler Lake
- Round Lake (part)
- Willow Lake
|US Decennial Census|
2,264 population on
January 1, 2021 Estimate
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 2,283 people, 1,005 households, and 649 families in the county. The population density was 1.8 people per square mile (0.7/km2). There were 1,469 housing units at an average density of 1.2 per square mile (0.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.99% White, 0.13% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.18% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,005 households, out of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.79.
The county population contained 20.2% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 20.1% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 29.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,089, and the median income for a family was $39,292. Males had a median income of $28,333 versus $16,371 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,225. About 9.5% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.
The largest ancestries are Norwegian (64.7%), German (24.0%), Swedish (8.8%), and Irish (5.9%).
Among the population claiming adherence to a particular religious organization, 80.6% claimed adherence to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2010. This rate is the highest such rate for the ELCA among all counties in the United States.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,071 people, 977 households, and 584 families in the county. The population density was 1.6 inhabitants per square mile (0.62/km2). There were 1,324 housing units at an average density of 1.1 per square mile (0.42/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.0% white, 0.5% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.0% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 57.7% were Norwegian, 30.3% were German, 8.5% were Irish, 5.2% were Swedish, and 2.9% were American.
Of the 977 households, 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.2% were non-families, and 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.66. The median age was 51.4 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $48,152 and the median income for a family was $65,000. Males had a median income of $42,341 versus $27,596 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,462. About 9.4% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.7% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
Population by decade
Places of interest
- Blooming Prairie
- Blooming Valley
- De Witt
- Fertile Valley
- Lincoln Valley
- Long Creek
- Sioux Trail
- Smoky Butte
- Twin Butte
- Writing Rock
Divide County has been a swing county, with a Republican tendency. Since 1960 the county has selected the Republican Party candidate in 64% of the national elections (as of 2016).
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Divide County, North Dakota
- Westby, Montana was founded in North Dakota in Divide County and then was moved to Montana.
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- Stories and histories of Divide County (1964) from the Digital Horizons website
- Divide County map, North Dakota DOT