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Dunseith, North Dakota
Location of Dunseith, North Dakota
Location of Dunseith, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Rolette
Named for Jeannette Dunseith Eaton
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,706 ft (520 m)
 • Total 773
 • Estimate 
 • Density 762.48/sq mi (294.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-21020
GNIS feature ID 1028750

Dunseith ( dun-SEETH) is a city in Rolette County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 773 at the 2010 census. Dunseith is best known for its proximity to the International Peace Garden. The port of entry at the Peace Garden is one of three 24-hour ports in North Dakota (the others being Portal and Pembina). Dunseith is also the home of the world's largest turtle sculpture, the "W'eel Turtle", made of more than 2,000 wheels painted green.


Dunseith was platted in 1882. The town is named for Jeannette Dunseith Eaton, who was the mother of the town's founder William Eaton. Dùnsìth is a Gaelic word meaning "City of Peace," from dùn (English: fortress) and sìth (English: peace). A post office has been in operation in Dunseith since 1884. The city was incorporated in 1908.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land. Dunseith lies just south of the Turtle Mountain plateau.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 473
1920 374 −20.9%
1930 484 29.4%
1940 719 48.6%
1950 713 −0.8%
1960 1,017 42.6%
1970 811 −20.3%
1980 625 −22.9%
1990 723 15.7%
2000 739 2.2%
2010 773 4.6%
2019 (est.) 764 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 773 people, 274 households, and 170 families residing in the city. The population density was 773.0 inhabitants per square mile (298.5/km2). There were 299 housing units at an average density of 299.0 per square mile (115.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 15.0% White, 0.9% African American, 79.6% Native American, 0.4% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 274 households, of which 46.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 27.4% were married couples living together, 25.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.0% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.41.

The median age in the city was 27.4 years. 35.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 18.2% were from 45 to 64; and 12.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Dunseith has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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