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Location of Fortuna, North Dakota
Location of Fortuna, North Dakota
Fortuna, North Dakota is located in the United States
Fortuna, North Dakota
Fortuna, North Dakota
Location in the United States
Country  United States of America
State  North Dakota
County Divide
Area
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
2,211 ft (674 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 22
 • Estimate 
(2019)
21
 • Density 20.90/sq mi (8.07/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58844
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-27820
GNIS feature ID 1029028

Fortuna is a city in Divide County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 22 at the 2010 census.

Fortuna was founded in 1913 along a Soo Line Railroad branch line running between Flaxton, North Dakota and Whitetail, Montana. The name comes from the Roman goddess of fortune and was chosen by railroad officials to note the settlers' expectations of prosperity with the arrival of the railroad.

The city is located six miles from the Canada–US border and is the northernmost city on U.S. Route 85 before it crosses into Canada at Port of Oungre, Saskatchewan.

Fortuna has the latest sunset time several days after the summer solstice in the contiguous 48 states. The sun set at 10:03:10 PM Central Daylight Time (CDT) on June 24, 2016. This is due to Fortuna's location at the far western edge of the Central Time Zone. Although other communities in the contiguous 48 states are located farther north, none of them are located as far west in their respective time zones. Fortuna's westerly location in the time zone gives it the latest local time when the sun sets near the summer solstice.

Geography

Fortuna is located at 48°54′40″N 103°46′27″W / 48.911016°N 103.774263°W / 48.911016; -103.774263.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.01 square miles (2.62 km2), of which, 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 198
1930 196 −1.0%
1940 214 9.2%
1950 181 −15.4%
1960 185 2.2%
1970 216 16.8%
1980 98 −54.6%
1990 53 −45.9%
2000 31 −41.5%
2010 22 −29.0%
2019 (est.) 21 −4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 22 people, 14 households, and 3 families residing in the city. The population density was 22.0 inhabitants per square mile (8.5/km2). There were 26 housing units at an average density of 26.0 per square mile (10.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.5% White and 4.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.

There were 14 households, of which 14.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 14.3% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 78.6% were non-families. 64.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.57 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 50.5 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.1% were from 25 to 44; 36.3% were from 45 to 64; and 18.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 54.5% male and 45.5% female.

Climate

Fortuna experiences a dry continental climate (Köppen Dfb/Dwb) with long, dry, very cold winters and very warm, wetter summers.

Climate data for Fortuna, North Dakota
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 47
(8.3)
64
(17.8)
74
(23.3)
90
(32.2)
100
(37.8)
103
(39.4)
102
(38.9)
105
(40.6)
102
(38.9)
91
(32.8)
73
(22.8)
53
(11.7)
105
(40.6)
Average high °F (°C) 15.5
(-9.17)
23.4
(-4.78)
35.1
(1.72)
52.4
(11.33)
65.9
(18.83)
74.8
(23.78)
80.5
(26.94)
79.9
(26.61)
67.0
(19.44)
53.7
(12.06)
32.9
(0.5)
20.6
(-6.33)
50.14
(10.079)
Daily mean °F (°C) 5.6
(-14.67)
13.6
(-10.22)
25.0
(-3.89)
40.2
(4.56)
53.1
(11.72)
62.2
(16.78)
67.1
(19.5)
65.8
(18.78)
53.8
(12.11)
41.3
(5.17)
23.7
(-4.61)
11.1
(-11.61)
38.54
(3.634)
Average low °F (°C) −4.3
(-20.17)
3.7
(-15.72)
14.8
(-9.56)
28.0
(-2.22)
40.2
(4.56)
49.5
(9.72)
53.6
(12)
51.6
(10.89)
40.5
(4.72)
28.8
(-1.78)
14.5
(-9.72)
1.5
(-16.94)
26.87
(-2.852)
Record low °F (°C) −44
(-42.2)
−39
(-39.4)
−28
(-33.3)
−11
(-23.9)
14
(-10)
28
(-2.2)
38
(3.3)
31
(-0.6)
19
(-7.2)
−5
(-20.6)
−26
(-32.2)
−45
(-42.8)
−45
(-42.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.34
(8.6)
0.36
(9.1)
0.76
(19.3)
0.99
(25.1)
1.98
(50.3)
2.87
(72.9)
2.71
(68.8)
1.62
(41.1)
1.33
(33.8)
0.85
(21.6)
0.33
(8.4)
0.29
(7.4)
14.43
(366.5)
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1971–2000)
Source #2: The Weather Channel (Records)

People

Clarence Aaberg, an air force captain during World War Two, was born and raised on a farm near Fortuna. During a mission over France in 1943, when his plane was shot down, he let all of his crew out first, but when he jumped it is believed that his altitude was too low to allow for his parachute to open, resulting in his death. Clarence Aaberg's body was found and buried at Cambridge-American Cemetery near Cambridge, England (Plot D, Row 1, Grave 49). There is a memorial in Fortuna dedicated to Lt. Aaberg.


Notable person

Clarence Aaberg, an air force captain during World War II, was born and raised on a farm near Fortuna. During a mission over France in 1943, when his plane was shot down, he let all of his crew out first, but when he jumped it is believed that his altitude was too low to allow for his parachute to open, resulting in his death. Aaberg's body was found and buried at Cambridge-American Cemetery near Cambridge, England (Plot D, Row 1, Grave 49). There is a memorial in Fortuna dedicated to Lt. Aaberg.

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