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Cavalier, North Dakota
Cavalier Cinema.jpg
Motto(s): 
"Four Seasons Many Reasons"
Location of Cavalier, North Dakota
Location of Cavalier, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Pembina
Area
 • Total 0.86 sq mi (2.23 km2)
 • Land 0.86 sq mi (2.23 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
886 ft (270 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,246
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,238
 • Density 1,437.86/sq mi (554.87/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58220
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-12940
GNIS feature ID 1028302
Highways ND 5, ND 18

Cavalier is the largest city in Pembina County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Pembina County. The population was 1,246 at the 2020 census. Cavalier was founded in 1875 and became the county seat in 1911.

Although they bear the same name, Cavalier is not located in nearby Cavalier County. The Tongue River flows past Cavalier and Cavalier Air Force Station is located near the city.

History

Cavalier was laid out in 1875 on open land. The city was named for Charles Cavileer, an early settler in Pembina County (a recording error accounts for the error in spelling, which was never corrected). A post office has been in operation at Cavalier since 1877. Cavalier was incorporated in 1902.

Geography and climate

Cavalier is located at 48°47′43″N 97°37′24″W / 48.79528°N 97.62333°W / 48.79528; -97.62333 (48.795416, -97.623259).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2), all of it land.

Climate data for Cavalier, North Dakota (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 14.0
(−10.0)
19.3
(−7.1)
31.1
(−0.5)
51.4
(10.8)
65.7
(18.7)
73.6
(23.1)
78.2
(25.7)
77.9
(25.5)
67.7
(19.8)
52.5
(11.4)
33.9
(1.1)
18.5
(−7.5)
48.7
(9.3)
Average low °F (°C) −4.9
(−20.5)
−0.2
(−17.9)
13.9
(−10.1)
29.3
(−1.5)
40.7
(4.8)
51.5
(10.8)
55.7
(13.2)
53.0
(11.7)
43.3
(6.3)
31.4
(−0.3)
16.6
(−8.6)
1.4
(−17.0)
27.7
(−2.4)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.34
(8.6)
0.36
(9.1)
0.72
(18)
1.06
(27)
2.62
(67)
3.68
(93)
3.04
(77)
2.43
(62)
1.87
(47)
1.68
(43)
0.79
(20)
0.46
(12)
19.06
(484)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 7.2
(18)
4.8
(12)
5.4
(14)
3.0
(7.6)
0.7
(1.8)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
2.1
(5.3)
6.7
(17)
7.5
(19)
37.5
(95)
Source: NOAA

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 671
1910 652 −2.8%
1920 819 25.6%
1930 850 3.8%
1940 1,105 30.0%
1950 1,459 32.0%
1960 1,423 −2.5%
1970 1,381 −3.0%
1980 1,505 9.0%
1990 1,508 0.2%
2000 1,537 1.9%
2010 1,302 −15.3%
2019 (est.) 1,238 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 1,302 people, 641 households and 333 families living in the city. The population density was 1,587.8 inhabitants per square mile (613.1/km2). There were 723 housing units at an average density of 881.7 per square mile (340.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 2.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 641 households, of which 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.0% were non-families. 43.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.69.

The median age in the city was 47.3 years. 18.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 27.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

Events

  • The Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In occurs every Father's Day weekend which brings in thousands of motorcycles from the upper midwest and Canada.
  • Off The Charts Festival is a free Christian Music Concert held every August featuring national acts.

Notable people

  • Rob Hunt, selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
  • John Kobs, men's baseball, basketball, and ice hockey coach at Michigan State University (1924-1963)
  • Rodney Scott Webb, federal judge
  • Ashley Ford, Miss North Dakota 2004

Sites of interest


Education

Cavalier Public School

The city of Cavalier is served by Cavalier Public School (K-12). The 2017-18 K-12 fall enrollment was 411. The school's athletic teams are known as the Tornadoes. Team colors are orange and black.

High school championships

  • North Dakota Class B high school baseball: 2002, 2003, 2004
  • North Dakota Class B high school football: 1987
  • North Dakota Class AA high school football: 2002, 2003, 2004
  • North Dakota Class B 9-man football: 2013, 2014

From 2002 to 2005, the Cavalier Tornadoes football team, led by coach Rod Oksendahl (1978–2005), had a 47-game winning streak, the second longest winning streak in North Dakota high school football history. The streak ended when the Tornadoes lost to the Velva-Sawyer Aggies in the 2005 State Class 'A' championship game.

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See also

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