Ransom County, North Dakota

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Ransom County, North Dakota
Ransom County Courthouse 2008.jpg
Map of North Dakota highlighting Ransom 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.
FoundedJanuary 4, 1873 (created)
April 4, 1881 (organized)
Named forFort Ransom
SeatLisbon
Largest cityLisbon
Area
 • Total864 sq mi (2,238 km2)
 • Land862 sq mi (2,233 km2)
 • Water1.4 sq mi (4 km2), 0.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2018)5,237
 • Density6.15/sq mi (2.37/km2)
Congressional districtAt-large
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.ransomcountynd.com

Ransom County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 5,457.[1] Its county seat is Lisbon.[2]

History[edit]

The Dakota Territory legislature created Ransom County on January 4, 1873. It was so named due to its military fort, which had been named for Civil War veteran Major General Thomas E.G. Ransom. The fort had operated between 1867 and 1872. The county was nor organized at that time, nor was it attached to another county for administrative or judicial purposes. Its proposed boundaries were altered two times during 1881. On April 4, 1881 the county government was effected. The county's area was again reduced in 1883 when Sargent County was created. Ransom County has retained its present configuration since that time.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

The Sheyenne River meanders through Ransom County. The county terrain consists of rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds in its western part. The area is largely devoted to agriculture.[5] The terrain slopes to the east and south; its highest point is on the north boundary line near its NW corner, at 1,421' (433m) ASL.[6] The county has a total area of 864 square miles (2,240 km2), of which 862 square miles (2,230 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.[7]

Soils of Ransom County

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Protected areas[edit]

Lakes[5][edit]

  • Lone Tree Lake

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880537
18905,393904.3%
19006,91928.3%
191010,34549.5%
192011,61812.3%
193010,983−5.5%
194010,061−8.4%
19508,876−11.8%
19608,078−9.0%
19707,102−12.1%
19806,698−5.7%
19905,921−11.6%
20005,890−0.5%
20105,457−7.4%
Est. 20185,237[9]−4.0%
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 5,890 people, 2,350 households, and 1,560 families in the county. The population density was 6.83/sqmi (2.64/km²). There were 2,604 housing units at an average density of 3.02/sqmi (1.17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.93% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 39.5% were of German and 34.9% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 2,350 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.60% were non-families. 30.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.01.

The county population contained 25.00% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 106.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,672, and the median income for a family was $44,865. Males had a median income of $35,023 versus $18,772 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,219. About 6.30% of families and 8.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.70% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,457 people, 2,310 households, and 1,466 families in the county.[14] The population density was 6.33/sqmi (2.44/km²). There were 2,656 housing units at an average density of 3.08/sqmi (1.19/km²).[15] The racial makeup of the county was 97.8% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.1% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population.[14] In terms of ancestry, 54.2% were German, 36.6% were Norwegian, 9.0% were Irish, 6.9% were Swedish, 5.1% were English, and 1.6% were American.[16]

Of the 2,310 households, 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.5% were non-families, and 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 45.2 years.[14]

The median income for a household in the county was $46,044 and the median income for a family was $59,973. Males had a median income of $42,380 versus $28,209 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,995. About 7.5% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.[17]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Townships[edit]

  • Aliceton
  • Alleghany
  • Bale
  • Big Bend
  • Casey
  • Coburn
  • Elliott
  • Fort Ransom
  • Greene
  • Hanson
  • Island Park
  • Isley
  • Liberty
  • McLeod
  • Moore
  • Northland
  • Owego
  • Preston
  • Rosemeade
  • Sandoun
  • Scoville
  • Shenford
  • Springer
  • Sydna
  • Tuller

Politics[edit]

Ransom County is a swing county in presidential elections, having voted for both parties an equal number of times since 1980. It voted for the Democrat in the 2000 and 2012 gubernatorial elections, and for the Republican in 2004, 2008, and 2016.

Presidential election results
Presidential elections results[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 51.3% 1,210 35.5% 838 13.2% 311
2012 41.6% 1,009 55.4% 1,343 3.0% 73
2008 41.0% 998 56.4% 1,371 2.6% 64
2004 52.0% 1,352 46.1% 1,199 2.0% 51
2000 54.7% 1,488 39.7% 1,080 5.6% 151
1996 37.8% 920 49.2% 1,199 13.0% 316
1992 38.0% 1,102 40.2% 1,166 21.9% 635
1988 47.7% 1,362 51.1% 1,459 1.3% 37
1984 57.4% 1,706 41.1% 1,222 1.5% 45
1980 59.9% 1,883 31.0% 974 9.1% 285
1976 49.1% 1,696 49.6% 1,715 1.3% 45
1972 59.9% 2,056 39.5% 1,355 0.7% 24
1968 57.4% 1,943 38.0% 1,286 4.6% 154
1964 44.3% 1,647 55.5% 2,063 0.2% 7
1960 56.3% 2,324 43.7% 1,806 0.0% 1
1956 56.6% 2,361 43.3% 1,808 0.1% 5
1952 70.2% 3,051 29.1% 1,265 0.7% 31
1948 50.9% 1,772 45.8% 1,595 3.4% 118
1944 55.1% 2,044 44.2% 1,639 0.8% 29
1940 56.2% 2,579 43.3% 1,986 0.5% 24
1936 30.3% 1,303 55.5% 2,385 14.2% 610
1932 31.7% 1,445 66.3% 3,025 2.0% 93
1928 63.0% 2,613 36.3% 1,505 0.7% 27
1924 45.6% 1,862 7.4% 303 47.0% 1,919
1920 77.3% 3,010 20.6% 802 2.1% 82
1916 47.8% 1,093 49.0% 1,121 3.2% 72
1912 31.2% 495 30.9% 490 37.9% 601
1908 67.5% 1,308 30.0% 581 2.5% 48
1904 79.7% 1,257 16.0% 253 4.3% 68
1900 62.8% 924 33.9% 499 3.3% 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 June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "County History". North Dakota.gov. The State of North Dakota. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Ransom County ND Google Maps (accessed 25 February 2019)
  6. ^ "Find an Altitude/Ransom County ND" Google Maps (accessed 25 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. ^ a b c d What to do
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "US Decennial Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  12. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (April 20, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "Selected Social Characteristics in the US – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  17. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Atlas of US Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 13, 2018.

Coordinates: 46°28′N 97°40′W / 46.46°N 97.66°W / 46.46; -97.66