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Carrington, North Dakota
Grain Elevator in Carrington
Grain Elevator in Carrington
Central City
Location of Carrington, North Dakota
Location of Carrington, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Foster
 • Total 2.32 sq mi (6.01 km2)
 • Land 2.32 sq mi (6.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
1,588 ft (484 m)
 • Total 2,065
 • Estimate 
 • Density 853.82/sq mi (329.65/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-12340
GNIS feature ID 1028287
Highways US 52, US 281, ND 200

Carrington is a city in Foster County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Foster County. The population was 2,065 at the 2010 census. Carrington was founded in 1883.

Carrington is home to Dakota Growers Pasta Company, Inc.


Carrington was platted in 1882 by M. D. Carrington, and named for him. Carrington has been the county seat since 1883. A post office has been in operation at Carrington since 1883.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.11 square miles (5.46 km2), all of it land. Carrington's zip code is 58421. The area code is 701 area code. Carrington has 5 local phone codes. 307, 649, 650, 652, and 653.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,217
1920 1,420 16.7%
1930 1,717 20.9%
1940 1,850 7.7%
1950 2,101 13.6%
1960 2,438 16.0%
1970 2,491 2.2%
1980 2,641 6.0%
1990 2,267 −14.2%
2000 2,268 0.0%
2010 2,065 −9.0%
2019 (est.) 1,980 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,065 people, 951 households, and 540 families living in the city. The population density was 978.7 inhabitants per square mile (377.9/km2). There were 1,057 housing units at an average density of 500.9 per square mile (193.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 951 households, of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.2% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 46 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 24.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.


Two federal highways pass through Carrington. U.S. 281 runs north to south through the area. U.S. 52 runs east and west, co-signed with ND 200 and to U.S. 281, then runs northwest and southeast route. ND 200 runs east and west through the area.

Highways that run through Carrington include U.S. 52, U.S. 281, ND 200 and Foster County CR 1605. The city is also served by both the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Red River Valley and Western Railroad.

Major roads and streets

North and south

  • 4th Avenue U.S. Route 281 (City Park, Crossroads Golf Course, residential, commercial, industrial)
  • 11th Avenue (North of Main Street) (residential, commercial, industrial)
  • 13th Avenue (South of Main Street) (residential, industrial)
  • 14th Avenue (South of Main Street) (residential, industrial)
  • 66th Avenue SE 19th Avenue (Old Hwy 281) ( Foster County Fairgrounds, industrial)

East and west

  • 11th Street North (Dakota Growers, industrial)
  • Highway 200 Carrington Airport, residential, commercial, industrial)
  • Main Street (Carrington High School, residential, central business district, commercial, industrial)
  • 3rd Street South (City Park, Stadium of 76, Foster County Fairgrounds, residential)
  • 7th Street South (residential, industrial)


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, Carrington has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


The city of Carrington is served by Carrington Elementary School and Carrington High School. Prairie View Adventist School is also in Carrington.

Notable people

  • Laura J. Eisenhuth, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1893–1894; first woman elected to statewide office in the United States
  • Jim Kleinsasser, tight end for the Minnesota Vikings
  • Larry Woiwode, author and North Dakota poet laureate

See also

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