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Des Lacs, North Dakota
Des Lacs, North Dakota
Des Lacs, North Dakota
Location of Des Lacs, North Dakota
Location of Des Lacs, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Ward
 • Total 0.57 sq mi (1.46 km2)
 • Land 0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
1,932 ft (589 m)
 • Total 204
 • Estimate 
 • Density 373.61/sq mi (144.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-19300
GNIS feature ID 1028663

Des Lacs is a city in Ward County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 204 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area. Des Lacs was founded in 1888, named after the Riviere de Lacs (now Des Lacs River), from the French for "River [of] The Lakes."


Des Lacs is located at 48°15′25″N 101°33′49″W / 48.256862°N 101.563599°W / 48.256862; -101.563599. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.56 square miles (1.45 km2), of which, 0.53 square miles (1.37 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 188
1930 205 9.0%
1940 197 −3.9%
1950 180 −8.6%
1960 185 2.8%
1970 197 6.5%
1980 212 7.6%
1990 216 1.9%
2000 209 −3.2%
2010 204 −2.4%
2019 (est.) 201 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 204 people, 78 households, and 62 families residing in the city. The population density was 384.9 inhabitants per square mile (148.6/km2). There were 78 housing units at an average density of 147.2 per square mile (56.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 2.0% Native American, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 78 households, of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 2.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.5% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 40 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 32.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.5% male and 49.5% female.


Des Lacs shares its school system with Burlington. Students in grades kindergarten through six attend school in Burlington, where the elementary school is located, while those in grades seven through twelve attend in Des Lacs at Des Lacs-Burlington High School. The district is United Public School District 7. Des Lacs students meet at the high school to ride their buses to school. Burlington students meet at the elementary school to ride their buses to school.

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