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Churchs Ferry, North Dakota
Street in Churchs Ferry
Street in Churchs Ferry
Location of Churchs Ferry, North Dakota
Location of Churchs Ferry, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Ramsey
 • Total 0.43 sq mi (1.12 km2)
 • Land 0.43 sq mi (1.12 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,450 ft (442 m)
 • Total 12
 • Estimate 
 • Density 27.78/sq mi (10.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-14140
GNIS feature ID 1028374

Churchs Ferry is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States that has been impacted by the expansion of nearby Devils Lake. The population was 12 at the 2010 census. Churchs Ferry was founded in 1886.


Devils Lake began rising in the early 1990s, and more than 400 homes around the lake have been relocated or destroyed. This includes Churchs Ferry, one of two municipalities that have been bought out by government agencies. The other is Penn, although some people remain in both communities.

Devils Lake keeps getting larger as its outlet (Tolna Coulee) is significantly higher than the rest of the lake. In the 1880s, the lake was large enough that a man by the name of Irvine Church once operated a ferry in the area (hence the town's name), but by 1940, the lake had all but dried out. The lake is now growing back towards its maximum size again.

On January 10, 2012, Churchs Ferry residents voted 5 to 2 to remain an incorporated town.


Churchs Ferry is located at 48°16′8″N 99°11′47″W / 48.26889°N 99.19639°W / 48.26889; -99.19639 (48.268898, -99.196487).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.43 square miles (1.11 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 264
1910 457 73.1%
1920 353 −22.8%
1930 295 −16.4%
1940 244 −17.3%
1950 223 −8.6%
1960 161 −27.8%
1970 139 −13.7%
1980 139 0.0%
1990 118 −15.1%
2000 77 −34.7%
2010 12 −84.4%
2019 (est.) 12 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12 people, 5 households, and 5 families residing in the city. The population density was 27.9 inhabitants per square mile (10.8/km2). There were 5 housing units at an average density of 11.6 per square mile (4.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 5 households, of which 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them and 100.0% were married couples living together. 0.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.40.

The median age in the city was 48.5 years. 8.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 58.4% were from 45 to 64; and 0.0% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.


It is in the Leeds School District.

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