Ramsey County, North Dakota

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Ramsey County, North Dakota
Ramsey County Courthouse.jpg
Ramsey County Courthouse in Devils Lake, North Dakota.
Map of North Dakota highlighting Ramsey 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.
Founded4 January 1873 (created)
25 January 1883 (organized)
Named forAlexander Ramsey
SeatDevils Lake
Largest cityDevils Lake
Area
 • Total1,301 sq mi (3,370 km2)
 • Land1,187 sq mi (3,074 km2)
 • Water114 sq mi (295 km2), 8.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2017)11,519
 • Density9.70/sq mi (3.75/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.ramsey.nd.us

Ramsey County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 11,451.[1] Its county seat is Devils Lake.[2]

History[edit]

The Dakota Territory legislature created the county on 4 January 1873, with areas partitioned from Pembina County. The county was named for Alexander Ramsey, a US Senator from Minnesota.[3] The county government was not completed at that time, and the county was not attached to another county for administrative or judicial purposes. This situation continued until 25 January 1883, when the county government was effected.

The county's boundaries were altered two times in March 1883, two times in 1885, and in 1890. Its present boundaries have remained unchanged since 1890.[4]

Geography[edit]

The southwest boundary of Ramsey County is defined by Devils Lake. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds. The area is largely devoted to agriculture.[5] The terrain slopes to the lake, with its highest point at the NE county corner, at 1,631' (497m) ASL.[6] The county has a total area of 1,301 square miles (3,370 km2), of which 1,187 square miles (3,070 km2) is land and 114 square miles (300 km2) (8.8%) is water.[7]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Lakes[5][edit]

  • Chain Lake
  • Creel Bay
  • Dry Lake
  • East Devils Lake
  • Lake Alice
  • Lake Irvine
  • Mikes Lake
  • Morrison Lake
  • Sixmile Bay
  • Sweetwate Lake

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880281
18904,4181,472.2%
19009,198108.2%
191015,19965.2%
192015,4271.5%
193016,2525.3%
194015,626−3.9%
195014,373−8.0%
196013,443−6.5%
197012,915−3.9%
198013,0481.0%
199012,681−2.8%
200012,066−4.8%
201011,451−5.1%
Est. 201711,519[8]0.6%
US Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2017[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 12,066 people, 4,957 households, and 3,187 families in the county. The population density was 10.2/sqmi (3.92/km²). There were 5,729 housing units at an average density of 4.83/sqmi (1.86/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.31% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 5.40% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. 0.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.7% were of German and 33.7% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 4,957 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.80% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.70% were non-families. 31.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.94.

The county population contained 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,600, and the median income for a family was $42,439. Males had a median income of $29,562 versus $18,629 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,060. About 8.70% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.90% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census, there were 11,451 people, 4,955 households, and 3,008 families in the county.[13] The population density was 9.65/sqmi (3.72/km²). There were 5,615 housing units at an average density of 4.73/sqmi (1.83/km²).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 87.7% white, 8.7% American Indian, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 41.9% were German, 37.7% were Norwegian, 7.0% were Irish, 5.7% were Swedish, 5.2% were English, and 2.9% were American.[15]

Of the 4,955 households, 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.3% were non-families, and 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.82. The median age was 43.0 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $41,792 and the median income for a family was $56,632. Males had a median income of $41,274 versus $25,171 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,130. About 8.7% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[5][edit]

Townships[edit]

  • Bartlett
  • Cato
  • Chain Lakes
  • Coulee
  • Creel
  • De Groat
  • Dry Lake
  • Fancher
  • Freshwater
  • Grand Harbor
  • Hammer
  • Harding
  • Highland Center
  • Hope
  • Klingstrup
  • Lawton
  • Lillehoff
  • Minnewaukan
  • Morris
  • Newbre
  • Newland
  • Noonan
  • North Creel
  • Northfield
  • Odessa
  • Ontario
  • Overland
  • Pelican
  • Poplar Grove
  • Prospect
  • Royal
  • South Minnewaukan
  • Stevens
  • Sullivan
  • Triumph
  • Webster

Politics[edit]

Ramsey County voters have traditionally voted Republican. In only two national elections since 1944 has the county selected the Democratic Party candidate (as of 2016).

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 60.6% 3,217 28.4% 1,505 11.0% 583
2012 53.3% 2,665 43.3% 2,164 3.4% 170
2008 49.6% 2,361 48.6% 2,314 1.8% 87
2004 60.1% 2,943 38.5% 1,885 1.5% 72
2000 60.4% 3,005 33.3% 1,658 6.3% 314
1996 43.5% 2,077 44.5% 2,123 12.0% 574
1992 41.6% 2,516 33.2% 2,008 25.3% 1,530
1988 53.1% 3,103 45.6% 2,665 1.3% 73
1984 63.3% 4,150 35.2% 2,304 1.5% 99
1980 64.9% 4,078 25.6% 1,607 9.6% 600
1976 50.7% 3,293 47.6% 3,096 1.7% 113
1972 61.8% 3,954 37.3% 2,384 1.0% 62
1968 54.6% 3,189 40.8% 2,384 4.7% 272
1964 40.2% 2,409 59.7% 3,572 0.1% 6
1960 56.1% 3,599 43.9% 2,813 0.0% 1
1956 64.4% 3,821 35.5% 2,103 0.1% 6
1952 72.0% 4,670 27.7% 1,794 0.4% 25
1948 52.0% 2,891 44.3% 2,458 3.7% 206
1944 49.3% 2,505 50.0% 2,539 0.8% 39
1940 50.4% 3,629 49.1% 3,530 0.5% 35
1936 25.5% 1,784 65.2% 4,559 9.3% 650
1932 30.3% 1,917 68.5% 4,337 1.2% 75
1928 54.6% 3,246 45.0% 2,672 0.4% 25
1924 62.4% 3,110 7.2% 359 30.5% 1,519
1920 79.3% 3,996 18.6% 937 2.1% 104
1916 44.9% 1,169 51.1% 1,331 4.0% 103
1912 32.2% 739 39.9% 917 27.9% 640
1908 55.8% 1,480 40.4% 1,072 3.8% 101
1904 76.5% 1,523 19.4% 386 4.2% 83
1900 67.8% 1,147 29.3% 496 2.9% 49

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved May 4, 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 4, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Ramsey County ND Google Maps (accessed 26 February 2019)
  6. ^ Find an Altitude/Ramsey County ND" Google Maps (accessed 26 February 2019)
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". US Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 29, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  9. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (April 20, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 48°15′N 98°43′W / 48.25°N 98.72°W / 48.25; -98.72