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Grandin, North Dakota
Location of Grandin, North Dakota
Location of Grandin, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
Counties Cass, Traill
 • Total 0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)
 • Land 0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
896 ft (273 m)
 • Total 186
 • Density 933.70/sq mi (360.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-32300
GNIS feature ID 1029206

Grandin is a city in Cass and Traill counties in the State of North Dakota, founded in 1881. The population was 186 at the 2020 census. It is now a bedroom community for the nearby Fargo-Moorhead area.

The farm that belonged to the city namesake brothers was one of the earliest adopters of the telephone in the state. Grandin was the birthplace of the abstract expressionist painter Clyfford Still.


Grandin was named for Bonanza farmer John Livingston Grandin. Grandin, a native of Tidioute, Pennsylvania, along with his brother William James, purchased 99 sections of land in the Red River Valley, dividing them in 1,500 acre farms. The brothers had 14,000 acres under cultivation near Grandin, with another 600 acres near Mayville, North Dakota. Prior to the arrival of the railroad the brothers shipped wheat from their farm by barge on the Red River to Fargo, North Dakota, 90 miles upstream. The barges were towed by the steamers Alsop and Grandin. The Grandin brothers' bonanza farm was one of the earliest adopters of the telephone in the state. JL Grandin's great granddaughter is Temple, an animal scientist, author and autism advocate.


Grandin is located at 47°14′10″N 97°0′10″W / 47.23611°N 97.00278°W / 47.23611; -97.00278 (47.236033, -97.002717).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 172
1940 158 −8.1%
1950 156 −1.3%
1960 147 −5.8%
1970 187 27.2%
1980 210 12.3%
1990 213 1.4%
2000 181 −15.0%
2010 173 −4.4%
2020 186 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 173 people, 72 households, and 50 families living in the city. The population density was 1,017.6 inhabitants per square mile (392.9/km2). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 452.9 per square mile (174.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 1.7% Native American, 1.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 72 households, of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.3% were from 25 to 44; 31.3% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 54.9% male and 45.1% female.

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