Billings County, North Dakota facts for kids
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Billings County Courthouse in Medora, North Dakota
Location within the U.S. state of North Dakota
North Dakota's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 10, 1879 (created)
May 4, 1886 (organized)
|Named for||Frederick H. Billings|
|• Total||1,153 sq mi (2,990 km2)|
|• Land||1,149 sq mi (2,980 km2)|
|• Water||4.6 sq mi (12 km2) 0.4%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||0.8196/sq mi (0.31645/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
Billings County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 945, making it the second-least populous county in North Dakota. Its county seat and only incorporated place is Medora.
The Territorial legislature authorized Billings County on February 10, 1879, naming it for Northern Pacific Railway president Frederick H. Billings. It was organized on May 4, 1886. The original county boundary was significantly altered since its creation, by actions in 1883, 1885, 1887, 1896, 1901 and 1904. Its most significant alterations came in 1907 (Bowman County partitioned off), 1912 (Golden Valley County partitioned off), and 1914 (Slope County partitioned off).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,153 square miles (2,990 km2), of which 1,149 square miles (2,980 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (0.4%) is water. The South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park lies in the central part of the county, just north of Medora.
- Interstate 94
- U.S. Highway 85
- McKenzie County (north)
- Dunn County (northeast)
- Stark County (east)
- Slope County (south)
- Golden Valley County (west)
National protected areas
- Little Missouri National Grassland (part)
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 census, there were 783 people, 358 households, and 223 families in the county. The population density was 0.7 inhabitants per square mile (0.27/km2). There were 484 housing units at an average density of 0.4 per square mile (0.15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.6% white, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.3% black or African American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 40.6% were German, 19.1% were Ukrainian, 17.7% were Norwegian, 9.3% were Irish, 7.4% were Russian, 5.0% were English, and 0.9% were American.
Of the 358 households, 19.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 1.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.7% were non-families, and 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.72. The median age was 48.6 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $51,923 and the median income for a family was $61,250. Males had a median income of $46,806 versus $31,250 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,666. About 6.8% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
Population by decade
The Bully Pulpit Golf Course is located three miles south of Medora.
- Medora (county seat)
- North Billings
- South Billings