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Golden Valley County
Golden Valley County Courthouse in Beach
Golden Valley County Courthouse in Beach
Map of North Dakota highlighting Golden Valley 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 1912
Seat Beach
Largest city Beach
 • Total 1,002 sq mi (2,600 km2)
 • Land 1,001 sq mi (2,590 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4 km2)  0.2%
 • Total 1,736
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1.7325/sq mi (0.6689/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district At-large

Golden Valley County is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 1,736, making it the fourth-least populous county in North Dakota. The county seat is Beach.

The county should not be confused with the city of Golden Valley, which is located in Mercer County.


Golden Valley was originally part of Billings County. Voters elected to separate from Billings County in 1910, but litigation prevented formal organization of the county until 1912. The territory in the surrounding area was colloquially referred to as, Rattlesnake Flats, due to the large number of the snakes found in the area. The region was dubbed Golden Valley in 1902 after a group of land surveyors noticed that the sunlight gave the surrounding grasses a distinct golden color.

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National protected area

  • Little Missouri National Grassland (part)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 4,832
1930 4,122 −14.7%
1940 3,498 −15.1%
1950 3,499 0.0%
1960 3,100 −11.4%
1970 2,611 −15.8%
1980 2,391 −8.4%
1990 2,108 −11.8%
2000 1,924 −8.7%
2010 1,680 −12.7%
2020 1,736 3.3%
2021 (est.) 1,770 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 1,680 people, 774 households, and 429 families in the county. The population density was 1.7 inhabitants per square mile (0.66/km2). There were 967 housing units at an average density of 1.0 per square mile (0.39/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.4% white, 0.6% American Indian, 0.6% black or African American, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 69.0% were German, 14.7% were Norwegian, 10.7% were Polish, 7.9% were Irish, 7.5% were English, and 2.5% were American.

Of the 774 households, 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 44.6% were non-families, and 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.85. The median age was 45.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,333 and the median income for a family was $47,500. Males had a median income of $32,875 versus $26,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,899. About 8.9% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.7% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.



Unincorporated communities


  • Beach
  • Bullion
  • Delhi
  • Elk Creek
  • Garner
  • Henry
  • Lone Tree
  • Pearl
  • Saddle Butte
  • Sentinel

Former townships

  • Elmwood

Unorganized territories

  • East Golden Valley
  • Elmwood (formerly a township)
  • North Golden Valley
  • South Golden Valley

Notable people

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Condado de Golden Valley (Dakota del Norte) para niños

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