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Grand Forks County, North Dakota
Map
Map of North Dakota highlighting Grand Forks County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 2, 1875
Seat Grand Forks
Largest City Grand Forks
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,440 sq mi (3,730 km²)
1,436 sq mi (3,719 km²)
3.1 sq mi (8 km²), 0.2%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

70,916
47/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.gfcounty.nd.gov

Grand Forks County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, its population was 66,861, making it the fourth-most populous county in North Dakota. Its county seat and largest community is Grand Forks. The county was created in 1873 and later organized in 1875.

Grand Forks County is included in the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,440 square miles (3,700 km2), of which 1,436 square miles (3,720 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge
  • Little Goose National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 6,248
1890 18,357 193.8%
1900 24,459 33.2%
1910 27,888 14.0%
1920 28,795 3.3%
1930 31,956 11.0%
1940 34,518 8.0%
1950 39,448 14.3%
1960 48,677 23.4%
1970 61,102 25.5%
1980 66,100 8.2%
1990 70,683 6.9%
2000 66,109 −6.5%
2010 66,861 1.1%
Est. 2015 70,916 6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 66,109 people, 25,435 households, and 15,617 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 27,373 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.00% White, 1.37% Black or African American, 2.31% Native American, 0.98% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. 2.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.6% were of Norwegian, 26.1% German and 5.5% Irish ancestry.

There were 25,435 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 19.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,785, and the median income for a family was $46,620. Males had a median income of $30,079 versus $21,426 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,868. About 8.0% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 66,861 people, 27,417 households, and 15,215 families residing in the county. The population density was 46.5 inhabitants per square mile (18.0/km2). There were 29,344 housing units at an average density of 20.4 per square mile (7.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.3% white, 2.5% American Indian, 2.0% black or African American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 34.1% were German, 33.8% were Norwegian, 9.5% were Irish, 5.8% were Polish, 5.3% were English, and 2.9% were American.

Of the 27,417 households, 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 44.5% were non-families, and 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.91. The median age was 29.7 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,242 and the median income for a family was $65,804. Males had a median income of $40,622 versus $31,633 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,276. About 8.2% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

Population by decade

Communities

Grand Forks County Office Building
The new Grand Forks County Office Building is located in downtown Grand Forks across from the historic Grand Forks County Courthouse

Cities

Townships

  • Agnes
  • Allendale
  • Americus
  • Arvilla
  • Avon
  • Bentru
  • Blooming
  • Brenna
  • Chester
  • Elkmount
  • Elm Grove
  • Fairfield
  • Falconer
  • Ferry
  • Gilby
  • Grace
  • Grand Forks
  • Hegton
  • Inkster
  • Johnstown
  • Lakeville
  • Larimore
  • Levant
  • Lind
  • Logan Center
  • Loretta
  • Mekinock
  • Michigan
  • Moraine
  • Niagara
  • Northwood
  • Oakville
  • Pleasant View
  • Plymouth
  • Rye
  • Strabane
  • Turtle River
  • Union
  • Walle
  • Washington
  • Wheatfield

Census-designated places

  • Grand Forks AFB

Other communities


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