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Foster County, North Dakota
Map

Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded October 11, 1883
Seat Carrington
Largest City Carrington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

647 sq mi (1,676 km²)
635 sq mi (1,645 km²)
11 sq mi (28 km²), 1.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

3,356
5.3/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.fostercounty.com/

Foster County is a county located within the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,343. Its county seat is Carrington. The county was founded in 1873 and later organized in 1883. It was named for George I. Foster, a pioneer and member of the Territorial legislature.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 647 square miles (1,680 km2), of which 635 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.8%) is water. It is the second-smallest county in North Dakota by area.

Major highways

  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • North Dakota 9.svg North Dakota Highway 9
  • North Dakota 20.svg North Dakota Highway 20
  • North Dakota 200.png North Dakota Highway 200

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 37
1890 1,210 3,170.3%
1900 3,770 211.6%
1910 5,313 40.9%
1920 6,108 15.0%
1930 6,353 4.0%
1940 5,824 −8.3%
1950 5,337 −8.4%
1960 5,361 0.4%
1970 4,832 −9.9%
1980 4,611 −4.6%
1990 3,983 −13.6%
2000 3,759 −5.6%
2010 3,343 −11.1%
Est. 2015 3,356 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,759 people, 1,540 households, and 1,031 families residing in the county. The population density was 2/km² (6/sq mi). There were 1,793 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (3/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 99.02% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.05% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 0.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.1% were of German, 31.0% Norwegian and 5.4% Irish ancestry.

There were 1,540 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 30.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 21.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,019, and the median income for a family was $40,469. Males had a median income of $31,442 versus $19,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,928. About 7.60% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,343 people, 1,495 households, and 930 families residing in the county. The population density was 5.3 inhabitants per square mile (2.0/km2). There were 1,801 housing units at an average density of 2.8 per square mile (1.1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.4% white, 0.6% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 54.2% were German, 35.9% were Norwegian, 9.8% were Irish, 5.8% were American, and 5.1% were Swedish.

Of the 1,495 households, 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.8% were non-families, and 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age was 46.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,066 and the median income for a family was $55,278. Males had a median income of $40,076 versus $29,189 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,945. About 3.4% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Birtsell
  • Bordulac
  • Bucephalia
  • Carrington
  • Eastman
  • Estabrook
  • Florance
  • Glenfield
  • Haven
  • Larrabee
  • Longview
  • McHenry
  • McKinnon
  • Melville
  • Nordmore
  • Rolling Prairie
  • Rose Hill
  • Wyard

Unincorporated communities


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