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Divide County
Divide County Courthouse in Crosby
Divide County Courthouse in Crosby
Map of North Dakota highlighting Divide County
Location within the U.S. state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  North Dakota
Founded 1910
Seat Crosby
Largest city Crosby
Area
 • Total 1,294 sq mi (3,350 km2)
 • Land 1,261 sq mi (3,270 km2)
 • Water 33 sq mi (90 km2)  2.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,195
 • Density 1.6963/sq mi (0.6549/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Divide County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 2,195. Its county seat is Crosby.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,294 square miles (3,350 km2), of which 1,261 square miles (3,270 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (2.6%) is water.

Divide County is one of several western North Dakota counties with significant exposure to the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin.

Adjacent counties and rural municipalities

Major highways

  • US 85.svg U.S. Highway 85
  • North Dakota 5.svg North Dakota Highway 5
  • North Dakota 40.png North Dakota Highway 40
  • North Dakota 42.png North Dakota Highway 42

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 6,015
1920 9,637 60.2%
1930 9,636 0.0%
1940 7,086 −26.5%
1950 5,967 −15.8%
1960 5,566 −6.7%
1970 4,564 −18.0%
1980 3,494 −23.4%
1990 2,899 −17.0%
2000 2,283 −21.2%
2010 2,071 −9.3%
2020 2,195 6.0%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,071 people, 977 households, and 584 families in the county. The population density was 1.6 inhabitants per square mile (0.62/km2). There were 1,324 housing units at an average density of 1.1 per square mile (0.42/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.0% white, 0.5% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.0% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 57.7% were Norwegian, 30.3% were German, 8.5% were Irish, 5.2% were Swedish, and 2.9% were American.

Of the 977 households, 19.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.2% were non-families, and 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.66. The median age was 51.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,152 and the median income for a family was $65,000. Males had a median income of $42,341 versus $27,596 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,462. About 9.4% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.7% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Population by decade

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Places of interest

Two petroglyphs are displayed at Writing Rock State Historical Site in Writing Rock Township.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Alexandria
  • Ambrose
  • Blooming Prairie
  • Blooming Valley
  • Border
  • Burg
  • Clinton
  • Coalfield
  • Daneville
  • De Witt
  • Elkhorn
  • Fertile Valley
  • Fillmore
  • Frazier
  • Frederick
  • Garnet
  • Gooseneck
  • Hawkeye
  • Hayland
  • Lincoln Valley
  • Long Creek
  • Mentor
  • Palmer
  • Plumer
  • Sioux Trail
  • Smoky Butte
  • Stoneview
  • Troy
  • Twin Butte
  • Upland
  • Westby
  • Writing Rock

Unincorporated communities

Trivia

The border town of Westby, Montana was founded in 1910 on the North Dakotan side of the border, but was moved over to the Montanan side four years later.

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