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Grenora, North Dakota
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Location of Grenora, North Dakota
Location of Grenora, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Williams
 • Total 0.61 sq mi (1.57 km2)
 • Land 0.61 sq mi (1.57 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,123 ft (647 m)
 • Total 244
 • Estimate 
 • Density 546.95/sq mi (211.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-33500
GNIS feature ID 1029242

Grenora is a city in Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 244 at the 2010 census.

Grenora was founded in 1916 at the terminus of a Great Northern Railway branch line that began in Stanley. The name is a portmanteau of letters in the railway's name: GREat NOrthern RAilway. The tracks were in place until 2002, when Great Northern successor BNSF Railway filed for abandonment.

The city's motto is, "Friendliness lives here — you're only a stranger once." The city is home to a senior citizen's center, credit union, gas station, grain elevator, restaurant, bar which has famous cheeseburgers statewide, apartment buildings, and community built low-income housing. There are also two churches: the St. Olaf Lutheran Church (ELCA) and St. Boniface Catholic Church.


The surrounding area is home to small game hunting opportunities (pronghorn and deer). There is also very excellent pheasant hunting. Available in the nearby Missouri River are paddlefish, a prehistoric fish which can weigh more than 120 pounds. This is one of the few places the fish can be found on the North American continent. Grenora is located 30 miles (48 km) from the Canada–United States border and only 4 miles (6.4 km) from North Dakota's border with Montana.

Grenora is home to the Writing Rock State Historical Site. The Assiniboine, Lakota, and Plains Chippewa Indian tribes often returned to the Spirit Rock, or Hoi-waukon, located on a hilly prairie just outside Grenora. The rock served to mark a spot where Native Americans felt they could foretell the future. The two granite rocks at this site are covered with petroglyphs presumably carved by ancient Plains Indians.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 358
1930 487 36.0%
1940 425 −12.7%
1950 525 23.5%
1960 448 −14.7%
1970 401 −10.5%
1980 362 −9.7%
1990 261 −27.9%
2000 202 −22.6%
2010 244 20.8%
2019 (est.) 332 36.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 244 people, 98 households, and 65 families residing in the city. The population density was 400.0 inhabitants per square mile (154.4/km2). There were 121 housing units at an average density of 198.4 per square mile (76.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.

There were 98 households, of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.7% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 36.3 years. 30.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Grenora has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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