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Barnes County, North Dakota
Map
Map of North Dakota highlighting Barnes County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 6, 1879
Seat Valley City
Largest City Valley City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,513 sq mi (3,919 km²)
1,492 sq mi (3,864 km²)
22 sq mi (57 km²), 1.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

11,099
7.4/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.barnescounty.us

Barnes County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,066. Its county seat is Valley City.

The Dakota Territory's legislature authorized a Burbank County (named for governor John A. Burbank) in 1872. But in 1874 they renamed it Barnes County in honor of Judge Alanson H. Barnes (1818–1890) who was an associate justice of the Territorial Court. It was finally organized in a meeting at Valley City on January 6, 1879.

Geography

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,513 square miles (3,920 km2), of which 1,492 square miles (3,860 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-94.svg Interstate 94
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • North Dakota 1.svgNorth Dakota Highway 1
  • North Dakota 9.svgNorth Dakota Highway 9
  • North Dakota 26.svgNorth Dakota Highway 26
  • North Dakota 32.pngNorth Dakota Highway 32
  • North Dakota 46.pngNorth Dakota Highway 46

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Hobart Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Stoney Slough National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tomahawk National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,585
1890 7,045 344.5%
1900 13,159 86.8%
1910 18,066 37.3%
1920 18,678 3.4%
1930 18,804 0.7%
1940 17,814 −5.3%
1950 16,884 −5.2%
1960 16,719 −1.0%
1970 14,669 −12.3%
1980 13,960 −4.8%
1990 12,545 −10.1%
2000 11,775 −6.1%
2010 11,066 −6.0%
Est. 2015 11,099 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,775 people, 4,884 households, and 3,115 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 5,599 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.91% White, 0.45% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.3% were of German and 34.0% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 4,884 households out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.90% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.20% were non-families. 31.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 23.00% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,166, and the median income for a family was $42,149. Males had a median income of $28,504 versus $18,447 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,566. About 6.40% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 10.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 11,066 people, 4,826 households, and 2,927 families residing in the county. The population density was 7.4 inhabitants per square mile (2.9/km2). There were 5,704 housing units at an average density of 3.8 per square mile (1.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.4% white, 0.8% black or African American, 0.7% American Indian, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 48.4% were German, 37.2% were Norwegian, 8.3% were Irish, 5.2% were English, and 2.7% were American.

Of the 4,826 households, 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.3% were non-families, and 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.79. The median age was 44.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,773 and the median income for a family was $59,558. Males had a median income of $42,575 versus $30,361 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,152. About 6.4% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.

Population by decade

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Alta
  • Anderson
  • Ashtabula
  • Baldwin
  • Binghampton
  • Brimer
  • Cuba
  • Dazey
  • Eckelson
  • Edna
  • Ellsbury
  • Getchell
  • Grand Prairie
  • Green
  • Greenland
  • Hemen
  • Hobart
  • Lake Town
  • Mansfield
  • Marsh
  • Meadow Lake
  • Minnie Lake
  • Nelson
  • Noltimier
  • Norma
  • Oakhill
  • Oriska
  • Pierce
  • Potter
  • Raritan
  • Rogers
  • Rosebud
  • Sibley Trail
  • Skandia
  • Spring Creek
  • Springvale
  • Stewart
  • Svea
  • Thordenskjold
  • Uxbridge
  • Valley
  • Weimer

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