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Binford, North Dakota
Location of Binford, North Dakota
Location of Binford, North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°33′39″N 98°20′48″W / 47.56083°N 98.34667°W / 47.56083; -98.34667Coordinates: 47°33′39″N 98°20′48″W / 47.56083°N 98.34667°W / 47.56083; -98.34667
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Griggs
Area
 • Total 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
 • Land 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,526 ft (465 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 183
 • Estimate 
(2019)
169
 • Density 478.75/sq mi (184.80/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58416
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-07020
GNIS feature ID 1028008

Binford is a city in Griggs County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 183 at the 2010 census. Binford was founded in 1899.

History

The Johnson Land Company of Iowa purchased a flax field owned by Gabriel Gabrielson when the Northern Pacific Railway laid its tracks in 1899. The town of "Blooming Prairie" was renamed Binford after attorney Ray Binford of Charles City, Iowa who handled the Land Company's purchase.

In the fall of 1899, a lumberyard and general store opened. A hotel was built in 1900. In 1905, Binford had its own newspaper, a bank, grain elevator, a hardware store, two groceries, a couple of pool hall-bowling alleys, two churches, and various other establishments.

Geography

Binford is located at 47°33′39″N 98°20′48″W / 47.56083°N 98.34667°W / 47.56083; -98.34667 (47.560954, -98.346733).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 275
1920 393 42.9%
1930 317 −19.3%
1940 311 −1.9%
1950 309 −0.6%
1960 261 −15.5%
1970 242 −7.3%
1980 293 21.1%
1990 233 −20.5%
2000 201 −13.7%
2010 183 −9.0%
2019 (est.) 169 −7.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 183 people, 99 households, and 51 families residing in the city. The population density was 522.9 inhabitants per square mile (201.9/km2). There were 125 housing units at an average density of 357.1 per square mile (137.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 99 households, of which 15.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.5% were non-families. 48.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 27.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.85 and the average family size was 2.59.

The median age in the city was 54.5 years. 14.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15.9% were from 25 to 44; 33.9% were from 45 to 64; and 29.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

Culture & economics

The city holds an annual celebration each year in June known as "Binford Days". The festivities usually include street vendors, kids games, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, parade, classic car show, silent auction, a supper & pie social, and a late night street dance. The event also includes the annual Binford Bull Ride, a sanctioned Professional Bull Riders (PBR) event, and once included rodeo clown Flint Rasmussen. The most recent estimates for attendance at this event are in the neighborhood of 2,500-3,000 spectators. Binford has been hosting this PBR event since 1999.

Notable people

  • Thomas Ryum Amlie, U.S. Congressman from Wisconsin
  • Ralph J. Krogfoss, CEO & Majority Shareholder of the Charles M. Baily Co., and owner of Febco
  • Jerry Iverson, Member of North Dakota Agricultural Hall of Fame
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