Towner County, North Dakota
Location within the U.S. state of North Dakota
North Dakota's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 8, 1883 (created)|
January 24, 1884 (organized)
|Named for||Oscar M. Towner|
|• Total||1,041 sq mi (2,700 km2)|
|• Land||1,025 sq mi (2,650 km2)|
|• Water||17 sq mi (40 km2) 1.6%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2.2/sq mi (0.83/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Towner County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population is 2,246. Its county seat is Cando. It is south of the Canada–US border with Manitoba.
The Dakota Territory legislature created the county on March 8, 1883, with areas partitioned from Cavalier and Rolette counties. It was named for Oscar M. Towner (1842–1897), a businessman and member of the 15th territorial legislature. The county organization was not completed at that time, and the county was attached to Pembina County for judicial and administrative purposes. That lasted until January 24, 1884, when the county organization was effected, and its attachment to Pembina was dissolved. However, on January 26, 1889, the county was attached to Ramsey County for judicial and administrative purposes. This arrangement only lasted a few months. The boundaries of Towner County as first formed have not been altered to the present (as of 2019).
Towner County lies on the north line of North Dakota, and thus on the north line of the continental United States. Its north boundary line abuts the south boundary line of Canada. Its terrain consists of rolling hills, dotted with lakes and ponds. The area is devoted to agriculture. The Laurentian Divide runs across Towner County - the northern terrain slopes to the north while the southern terrain slopes to the south, and the county as a whole slightly slopes to the east. The county has a total area of 1,041 square miles (2,700 km2), of which 1,025 square miles (2,650 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (1.6%) is water.
Adjacent counties and rural municipalities
National protected areas
- Armourdale Lake
- Brumba Pool
- Lake Alice (part)
- McLaughlin Lake
- Moore Lake
- Pound Lake
- Rock Lake
- Snyder Lake
|US Decennial Census|
As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 2,876 people, 1,218 households, and 785 families in the county. The population density was 2.8/sqmi (1.08/km²). There were 1,558 housing units at an average density of 1.52/sqmi (0.59/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.32% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 2.05% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 0.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.1% were of German and 31.0% Norwegian ancestry. 98.4% spoke English as their first language.
There were 1,218 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 4.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.50% were non-families. 33.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.93.
The county population contained 24.60% under the age of 18, 3.60% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 23.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,740, and the median income for a family was $39,286. Males had a median income of $24,917 versus $17,335 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,605. About 6.30% of families and 8.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.20% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,246 people, 1,048 households, and 639 families in the county. The population density was 2.19/sqmi (0.85/km²). There were 1,449 housing units at an average density of 1.41/sqmi (0.55/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.7% white, 2.2% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 46.5% were German, 41.5% were Norwegian, 10.4% were Irish, 7.4% were English, 5.5% were Swedish, and 3.2% were American.
Of the 1,048 households, 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.0% were non-families, and 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.71. The median age was 50.3 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,684 and the median income for a family was $54,609. Males had a median income of $36,350 versus $26,164 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,203. About 8.5% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.
- Mount View
- New City
- Rock Lake
- Twin Hill
Towner County voters have chosen the Republican Party candidate in 62% of the national elections since 1964 (as of 2016).
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