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Bisbee, North Dakota
Business district of Bisbee
Business district of Bisbee
Location of Bisbee, North Dakota
Location of Bisbee, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Towner
 • Total 0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
 • Land 0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,591 ft (485 m)
 • Total 126
 • Estimate 
 • Density 418.60/sq mi (161.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-07180
GNIS feature ID 1028012

Bisbee is a city in Towner County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 126 at the 2010 census. Bisbee was founded in 1888.


Bisbee is located at 48°37′33″N 99°22′47″W / 48.62583°N 99.37972°W / 48.62583; -99.37972 (48.625959, -99.379609).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2), all of it land.


The town was named after Colonel Andrew Bisbee, a native of Peru, Maine. Bisbee, a veteran of the Civil War who came to Towner County in 1885. In 1890 he was chosen by the county commissioners of Towner County to solicit drought relief and was elected to a term in the North Dakota Senate. Col. Bisbee donated a portion of the townsite of Bisbee, as well donating land for the railroads to pass through the village.


Bisbee was featured in the September 10, 2001 edition of Newsweek, discussing the slow, painful decline of the town since (at that time) even the mayor, Bob Weltin, was preparing to forsake what was left of the town and seek a better life elsewhere. Things Bisbee had lost over the years, according to the Newsweek article, included movies at Pettsinger's Theater, root-beer floats at Brannon's Drug and Soda Fountain, and groceries at Dick's Red Owl. At the time of the article, there wasn't a doctor, lawyer, plumber or priest in Bisbee anymore. Population had dropped more than 30 percent in a decade. At the time of the article, there were only 227 "hearty souls" hanging on for dear life in Bisbee.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 444
1920 500 12.6%
1930 531 6.2%
1940 393 −26.0%
1950 365 −7.1%
1960 388 6.3%
1970 305 −21.4%
1980 257 −15.7%
1990 227 −11.7%
2000 167 −26.4%
2010 126 −24.6%
2019 (est.) 126 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 126 people, 63 households, and 31 families residing in the city. The population density was 484.6 inhabitants per square mile (187.1/km2). There were 97 housing units at an average density of 373.1 per square mile (144.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White and 4.0% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 63 households, of which 19.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.8% were non-families. 46.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 49 years. 17.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.6% were from 25 to 44; 33.2% were from 45 to 64; and 23% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.2% male and 46.8% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bisbee has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


Its school district is North Star Schools in Cando.

It was a part of the Bisbee School District until 1980, when it became part of the Bisbee-Egeland School District. In 2008 that district closed and consolidated into Cando schools.

See also

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