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Grafton, North Dakota
City
Downtown Grafton
Downtown Grafton
Location of Grafton, North Dakota
Location of Grafton, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Walsh
Founded 1881
Area
 • Total 3.40 sq mi (8.81 km2)
 • Land 3.40 sq mi (8.81 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 830 ft (253 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,284
 • Estimate (2015) 4,243
 • Density 1,260.0/sq mi (486.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58237
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-31820
GNIS feature ID 1029194
Highways US 81, ND 17
Website Grafton's city website

Grafton is a city in the State of North Dakota and is the county seat of Walsh County. As of the 2010 Census, the city of Grafton had a population of 4,284, making it the fourteenth largest city in North Dakota. Grafton was founded in 1881.

History

Grafton State School
Grafton State School in the early 1900s

Grafton had its start in the year 1881 by the building of the railroad through that territory. Also in 1881, Walsh County was established and Grafton was designated the county seat. The city was named for Grafton County, New Hampshire, the native home of a large share of its early settlers.

The Grafton State School, a home for the developmentally disabled, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Grafton is located at 48°24′58″N 97°24′38″W / 48.416082°N 97.410633°W / 48.416082; -97.410633 (48.416082, −97.410633).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.40 square miles (8.81 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,594
1900 2,378 49.2%
1910 2,229 −6.3%
1920 2,512 12.7%
1930 3,136 24.8%
1940 4,070 29.8%
1950 4,901 20.4%
1960 5,885 20.1%
1970 5,946 1.0%
1980 5,293 −11.0%
1990 4,840 −8.6%
2000 4,516 −6.7%
2010 4,284 −5.1%
Est. 2015 4,243 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,284 people, 1,776 households, and 1,073 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,260.0 inhabitants per square mile (486.5/km2). There were 1,990 housing units at an average density of 585.3 per square mile (226.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.2% White, 0.4% African American, 2.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.1% of the population.

There were 1,776 households of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 42.5 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,516 people, 1,804 households, and 1,143 families residing in the city. The population density was 506.9/km2 (1,312.2/mi2). There were 2,005 housing units at an average density of 225.0/km2 (582.6/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.67% White, 0.58% African American, 1.35% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 4.69% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.57% of the population, making Grafton the city with the highest percentage of Hispanics in North Dakota.

The top 6 ancestry groups in the city are Norwegian (39.4%), German (19.8%), French (8.9%), Polish (8.7%), Czech (8.3%), Irish (7.4%).

There were 1,804 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

Library

Grafton's Carnegie Regional Library opened in 1897 and is North Dakota's first public library. Carnegie's collection contains 49,005 volumes and circulates 33,620 items per year. The library, including its 3 branches, serves a population of over 27,000 residents.

Sites of interest

  • Walsh County Courthouse - The Walsh County Courthouse has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985.
  • Centennial Center
  • Elmwood historic home
  • Fair Oaks Golf Club – a nine-hole golf course located in Grafton
  • Grafton Winter Sports Arena – site of the former Winter Sports Arena, the first indoor hockey arena in North Dakota.

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