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Burleigh County
Burleigh County Courthouse
Map of North Dakota highlighting Burleigh 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 1873
Named for Walter A. Burleigh
Seat Bismarck
Largest city Bismarck
Area
 • Total 1,668 sq mi (4,320 km2)
 • Land 1,633 sq mi (4,230 km2)
 • Water 36 sq mi (90 km2)  2.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 98,458
 • Density 59.028/sq mi (22.791/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Burleigh County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 98,458, making it the second-most populous county in North Dakota. Its county seat is Bismarck, the state capital. The county was named for Dakota Territory political figure Walter A. Burleigh.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,668 square miles (4,320 km2), of which 1,633 square miles (4,230 km2) is land and 36 square miles (93 km2) (2.1%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Canfield Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Florence Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 3,246
1890 4,247 30.8%
1900 6,081 43.2%
1910 13,087 115.2%
1920 15,578 19.0%
1930 19,769 26.9%
1940 22,736 15.0%
1950 25,673 12.9%
1960 34,016 32.5%
1970 40,714 19.7%
1980 54,811 34.6%
1990 60,131 9.7%
2000 69,416 15.4%
2010 81,308 17.1%
2020 98,458 21.1%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

As of the 2010 census, there were 81,308 people, 33,976 households, and 21,213 families in the county. The population density was 49.8 inhabitants per square mile (19.2/km2). There were 35,754 housing units at an average density of 21.9 per square mile (8.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.0% white, 4.2% American Indian, 0.6% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 61.0% were German, 21.1% were Norwegian, 8.1% were Russian, 6.8% were Irish, and 2.6% were American.

Of the 33,976 households, 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.6% were non-families, and 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.90. The median age was 37.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $53,465 and the median income for a family was $71,103. Males had a median income of $44,944 versus $31,943 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,784. About 6.3% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

Population by decade

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Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Apple Creek
  • Boyd
  • Burn Creek
  • Canfield
  • Christiania
  • Clear Lake
  • Crofte
  • Cromwell
  • Driscoll
  • Ecklund
  • Estherville
  • Florence Lake
  • Francis
  • Ghylin
  • Gibbs
  • Glenview
  • Grass Lake
  • Harriet-Lien
  • Hay Creek
  • Hazel Grove
  • Logan
  • Long Lake
  • McKenzie
  • Menoken
  • Missouri
  • Morton
  • Naughton
  • Painted Woods
  • Richmond
  • Rock Hill
  • Schrunk
  • Sibley Butte
  • Steiber
  • Sterling
  • Taft
  • Telfer
  • Thelma
  • Trygg
  • Wild Rose
  • Wilson
  • Wing

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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