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Coordinates: 46°28′59″N 103°19′20″W / 46.48306°N 103.32222°W / 46.48306; -103.32222Coordinates: 46°28′59″N 103°19′20″W / 46.48306°N 103.32222°W / 46.48306; -103.32222
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Slope
Founded 1910
Area
 • Total 0.63 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Land 0.63 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,904 ft (885 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 20
 • Estimate 
(2019)
23
 • Density 36.68/sq mi (14.17/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
58620
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-02060
GNIS feature ID 1034682

Amidon ( AM-i-don) is a city in, and the county seat of Slope County, North Dakota, United States.

Amidon was the smallest incorporated county seat at the 2000 census. When the 2010 census reported its population as 20, it became the second-smallest incorporated county seat after Brewster, Nebraska, with a population of 17. In 2000, Amidon had 26 people to Brewster's 29.

There are two other unincorporated county seats that are smaller: Mentone, Texas (population 19), the county seat of Loving County, and Gann Valley, South Dakota (population 14), the county seat of Buffalo County, South Dakota.

Located on U.S. 85 approximately 31 miles (50 km) north of Bowman, it is the closest city to White Butte.

Namesake

Amidon is named after Charles F. Amidon, federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.

History

Amidon was founded in 1910 at the anticipated terminus of a Milwaukee Road branch line that diverged from the railroad's Pacific Extension in McLaughlin, South Dakota. The line was ultimately never built farther west of New England, North Dakota, making Amidon one of the few surviving North Dakota cities never to have been served by a rail line. It was also the very last county seat in the state to get electricity when Slope Electric Cooperative wired it up in 1950.

Geography

Amidon is located at 46°28′59″N 103°19′20″W / 46.48306°N 103.32222°W / 46.48306; -103.32222 (46.483042, -103.322251).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 145
1930 141 −2.8%
1940 102 −27.7%
1950 82 −19.6%
1960 84 2.4%
1970 54 −35.7%
1980 43 −20.4%
1990 24 −44.2%
2000 26 8.3%
2010 20 −23.1%
2019 (est.) 23 15.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 20 people, 11 households, and 7 families residing in the city. The population density was 31.3 inhabitants per square mile (12.1/km2). There were 17 housing units at an average density of 26.6 per square mile (10.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 11 households, of which 9.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, and 36.4% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 27.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.82 and the average family size was 2.29.

The median age in the city was 64 years. 10% of residents were under the age of 18; 0.0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 50% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Amidon has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Education

Residents were within Central Elementary Public School District 32, which operated Amidon Elementary School. The district was scheduled to dissolve on July 1, 2020.

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