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Balta, North Dakota
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Location of Balta, North Dakota
Location of Balta, North Dakota
Balta, North Dakota is located in North Dakota
Balta, North Dakota
Balta, North Dakota
Location in North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Pierce
 • Total 0.25 sq mi (0.66 km2)
 • Land 0.23 sq mi (0.59 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
1,552 ft (473 m)
 • Total 65
 • Estimate 
 • Density 259.91/sq mi (100.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-04580
GNIS feature ID 1027801

Balta is a city in Pierce County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 65 at the 2010 census. Balta was founded in 1912, and is known for its duck hunting.

Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Wrought-Iron Cross Site, in or near Balta, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Originally, the town was named Egan, in honor of Egan Pierce, an official with the Soo Line railroad. It was renamed by the locals after Balta, in Russian Empire (current Ukraine), the original home of many immigrant settlers.


Balta is located at 48°10′2″N 100°2′12″W / 48.16722°N 100.03667°W / 48.16722; -100.03667 (48.167154, -100.036770).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2), of which, 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (which warns that "there is no generally accepted definition of a geographic center"), the center of the continent of North America is 6 miles west of Balta, at a latitude of 48°10' and a longitude of 100°10'. As Balta is so small, nearby Rugby calls itself the center of the continent.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 263
1950 196 −25.5%
1960 165 −15.8%
1970 133 −19.4%
1980 139 4.5%
1990 79 −43.2%
2000 73 −7.6%
2010 65 −11.0%
2019 (est.) 59 −9.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 65 people, 30 households, and 17 families residing in the city. The population density was 295.5 inhabitants per square mile (114.1/km2). There were 47 housing units at an average density of 213.6 per square mile (82.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 30 households, of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.3% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.71.

The median age in the city was 44.8 years. 21.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 32.3% were from 45 to 64; and 16.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 58.5% male and 41.5% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Balta has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


It is within Rugby Public Schools, which operates Rugby High School.

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