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Billings County, North Dakota
Map

Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded May 4, 1886
Seat Medora
Largest City Medora
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,153 sq mi (2,986 km²)
1,149 sq mi (2,976 km²)
4.6 sq mi (12 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

936
0.7/sq mi (0/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: http://www.billingscountynd.gov/
Named for: Frederick H. Billings

Billings County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 783, 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 in 1879, naming it for Northern Pacific Railway president Frederick H. Billings. It was organized seven years later, on May 4, 1886, at a meeting in Medora. The county's area was later reduced by erecting new counties: Golden Valley County in 1912 and Slope County in 1915.

Geography

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.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Little Missouri National Grassland (part)
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,323
1890 170 −87.2%
1900 975 473.5%
1910 10,186 944.7%
1920 3,126 −69.3%
1930 3,140 0.4%
1940 2,531 −19.4%
1950 1,777 −29.8%
1960 1,513 −14.9%
1970 1,198 −20.8%
1980 1,138 −5.0%
1990 1,108 −2.6%
2000 888 −19.9%
2010 783 −11.8%
Est. 2015 936 19.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 888 people, 366 households, and 255 families residing in the county. The population density was 0.79 people per square mile (0.31/km²). There were 529 housing units at an average density of 0.45 per square mile (0.18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.96% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 44.2% were of German, 17.5% Ukrainian, 8.2% Norwegian and 5.4% Irish ancestry.

There were 366 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 112.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.4 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,667, and the median income for a family was $35,750. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,186. About 10.7% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 783 people, 358 households, and 223 families residing 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

Recreation

The Bully Pulpit Golf Course is located three miles south of Medora.

Communities

City

Unorganized Territories

Unincorporated communities


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