Divide County, North Dakota

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Divide County, North Dakota
Divide County Courthouse.jpg
Divide County Courthouse in Crosby
Map of North Dakota highlighting Divide County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded December 9, 1910
Seat Crosby
Largest city Crosby
Area
 • Total 1,294 sq mi (3,351 km2)
 • Land 1,261 sq mi (3,266 km2)
 • Water 33 sq mi (85 km2), 2.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 2,432
 • Density 1.6/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.dividecountynd.org

Divide County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,071.[1] Its county seat is Crosby.[2]

Divide County was formed following a vote at the November 1910 general election to divide Williams County into two counties. This division is the most likely origin of the name,[3] though additional deciding factors[citation needed] may have been the fact that Divide County lies on the continental divide between the watersheds that flow into the Gulf of Mexico and those that flow into Hudson Bay. This county lies on boundaries between the United States and the Canadian border of Saskatchewan. The county government was first organized on December 9, 1910;[4] Crosby has always been the county seat.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 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.[5]

Divide County is one of several western North Dakota counties with significant exposure to the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin.

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 6,015
1920 9,637 60.2%
1930 9,636 0.0%
1940 7,086 −26.5%
1950 5,967 −15.8%
1960 5,566 −6.7%
1970 4,564 −18.0%
1980 3,494 −23.4%
1990 2,899 −17.0%
2000 2,283 −21.2%
2010 2,071 −9.3%
Est. 2014 2,432 [6] 17.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2014[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,283 people, 1,005 households, and 649 families residing 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.

In the county the population was spread out with 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.[11]

Population by decade[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

Two petroglyphs are displayed at Writing Rock State Historical Site in Writing Rock Township.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

  • Alexandria
  • Ambrose
  • Blooming Prairie
  • Blooming Valley
  • Border
  • Burg
  • Clinton
  • Coalfield
  • Daneville
  • De Witt
  • Elkhorn
  • Fertile Valley
  • Fillmore
  • Frazier
  • Frederick
  • Garnet
  • Gooseneck
  • Hawkeye
  • Hayland
  • Lincoln Valley
  • Long Creek
  • Mentor
  • Palmer
  • Plumer
  • Sioux Trail
  • Smoky Butte
  • Stoneview
  • Troy
  • Twin Butte
  • Upland
  • Westby
  • Writing Rock

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study - Links and Rankings (All Years)". Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 

Coordinates: 48°49′N 103°29′W / 48.81°N 103.49°W / 48.81; -103.49