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Foster County
Foster County Courthouse in Carrington, North Dakota.
Foster County Courthouse in Carrington, North Dakota.
Map of North Dakota highlighting Foster 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.
Country  United States
State  North Dakota
Founded January 4, 1873 (created)
October 11, 1883 (organized)
Seat Carrington
Largest city Carrington
Area
 • Total 647 sq mi (1,680 km2)
 • Land 635 sq mi (1,640 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (30 km2)  1.8%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,397
 • Density 5.250/sq mi (2.0272/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Foster County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 3,397. Its county seat is Carrington.

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

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%
2020 3,397 1.6%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,343 people, 1,495 households, and 930 families 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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