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Christine, North Dakota
Nelson's Grocery
Nelson's Grocery
Location of Christine, North Dakota
Location of Christine, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Richland
Founded 1883
Incorporated 1976
 • Total 0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
 • Land 0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
928 ft (283 m)
 • Total 150
 • Estimate 
 • Density 833.33/sq mi (321.69/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-14100
GNIS feature ID 1028370

Christine is a city in Richland County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 150 at the 2010 census. Christine was founded in 1883. It is part of the Wahpeton, ND–MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Christine was founded in 1883 as a Scandinavian settlement along the Milwaukee Railroad in Eagle Township. A post office was established in 1884, and the railroad built a depot in 1886. There is some disagreement over how the town received its name, with most of the evidence suggesting it was named after Christina Nilsson, a well-known Swedish opera singer. Others, though, suggest one of the town's early settlers, Knute Norby, wanted it named after him. The townspeople reportedly objected to his proposal, naming the town after his wife, Kristine.

The village was an unincorporated part of Eagle Township for much of its history, until it officially incorporated as a city in 1976.

Nelson's Grocery is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Christine is located in eastern Richland County just off Interstate 29. Its location between the Red and Wild Rice Rivers places it within the Red River Valley. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 89
1980 147 65.2%
1990 140 −4.8%
2000 153 9.3%
2010 150 −2.0%
2019 (est.) 170 13.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 150 people, 61 households, and 44 families residing in the city. The population density was 789.5 inhabitants per square mile (304.8/km2). There were 67 housing units at an average density of 352.6 per square mile (136.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.0% White, 1.3% Asian, and 0.7% from other races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 61 households, of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.6% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.9% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 37 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.3% were from 25 to 44; 28.7% were from 45 to 64; and 10% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 54.0% male and 46.0% female.


The band Tullycraft has two songs about Christine, those being "Christine, ND" and "Vacation in Christine, ND"

Notable people

  • Aslag Benson (1855 – 1937), state Senator (1903–1906)
  • Andrew Skarvold (1873 – 1972), state Senator (1937-1940)
  • John S. Johnson (1854 – 1941), state Senator (1897-1900)
  • Peter S. Larson (1853 – 1926), state Senator (1891-1892)
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