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Barnes County
Barnes County Courthouse
Barnes County Courthouse
Map of North Dakota highlighting Barnes 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.
Country  United States
State  North Dakota
Founded 1872 (created as Burbank)
1874 (renamed as Barnes)
January 6, 1879 (organized)
Seat Valley City
Largest city Valley City
Area
 • Total 1,513 sq mi (3,920 km2)
 • Land 1,492 sq mi (3,860 km2)
 • Water 22 sq mi (60 km2)  1.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 10,853
 • Estimate 
(2021)
10,806
 • Density 7.1732/sq mi (2.7696/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Barnes County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 10,853. Its county seat is Valley City.

In 1872, the Dakota Territory legislature authorized Burbank County (named for governor John A. Burbank); in 1874 they renamed it Barnes County, for Alanson H. Barnes (1818–1890), an associate justice of the Territorial Court. It was organized at Valley City on January 6, 1879.

Geography

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

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%
2020 10,853 −1.9%
2021 (est.) 10,806 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 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

Notable people

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