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Jamestown, North Dakota
City
World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown
World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown
Nickname(s): Pride of the Prairie
Location of Jamestown, North Dakota
Location of Jamestown, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Stutsman
Founded 1872
Area
 • Total 12.87 sq mi (33.33 km2)
 • Land 12.83 sq mi (33.23 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation 1,407 ft (429 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,427
 • Estimate (2015) 15,422
 • Density 1,202.4/sq mi (464.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 58401, 58402, 58405
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-40580
GNIS feature ID 1029648
Highways I-94, I-94 Bus., US 52, US 52 Truck, US 281, US 281 Byp., ND 20
Website www.jamestownnd.com

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.

History

In 1871, a Northern Pacific Railroad work crew set up camp where the railroad would cross the James River, adding another section to the new northern transcontinental line. In 1872, the U.S. Army established Fort Seward, a small post garrisoned by three companies (about 120 men) of the Twentieth Infantry Regiment, on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the James River and Pipestem Creek. The fort guarded the crossing of the James by the Northern Pacific Railroad. The fort only lasted five years, being decommissioned in 1877 - but the railroad remained, establishing a repair yard that was among the city's main industries until the 1960s.

Jamestown was founded in 1872 and General Thomas Rosser of Northern Pacific named it after Jamestown, Virginia. The city incorporated in 1883. In 1873, Stutsman County became the first official county within Dakota Territory with Jamestown as the county seat.

On November 10, 1889, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jamestown was established. April 6, 1897 saw a change of name to Diocese of Fargo, with a change of the bishop's seat. Since 1995, the Diocese of Jamestown is listed as a titular see of the Catholic Church.

Geography

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The James River, a Missouri River tributary, in Jamestown

Jamestown is located at 46°54′20″N 98°42′11″W / 46.90556°N 98.70306°W / 46.90556; -98.70306 (46.905641, -98.702994) at the confluence of the James River and Pipestem Creek. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.87 square miles (33.33 km2), of which, 12.83 square miles (33.23 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Climate

Climate data for Jamestown, North Dakota (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 19.2
(-7.11)
24.9
(-3.94)
37.0
(2.78)
55.5
(13.06)
68.6
(20.33)
77.2
(25.11)
82.9
(28.28)
81.9
(27.72)
70.8
(21.56)
56.0
(13.33)
37.1
(2.83)
22.9
(-5.06)
52.8
(11.56)
Average low °F (°C) 1.2
(-17.11)
6.7
(-14.06)
18.9
(-7.28)
31.4
(-0.33)
43.6
(6.44)
53.6
(12)
58.5
(14.72)
56.2
(13.44)
46.0
(7.78)
33.8
(1)
19.4
(-7)
6.4
(-14.22)
31.3
(-0.39)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.51
(13)
0.44
(11.2)
0.89
(22.6)
1.13
(28.7)
2.75
(69.9)
3.46
(87.9)
3.31
(84.1)
2.10
(53.3)
2.26
(57.4)
1.69
(42.9)
0.64
(16.3)
0.44
(11.2)
19.62
(498.3)
Snowfall inches (cm) 9.7
(24.6)
6.6
(16.8)
7.1
(18)
2.1
(5.3)
0.3
(0.8)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.4
(1)
6.7
(17)
6.9
(17.5)
39.9
(101.3)
Source: NOAA

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 393
1890 2,296 484.2%
1900 2,853 24.3%
1910 4,358 52.8%
1920 6,627 52.1%
1930 8,187 23.5%
1940 8,790 7.4%
1950 10,697 21.7%
1960 15,163 41.8%
1970 15,385 1.5%
1980 16,280 5.8%
1990 15,571 −4.4%
2000 15,527 −0.3%
2010 15,427 −0.6%
Est. 2015 15,422 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 15,427 people, 6,567 households, and 3,555 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,202.4 inhabitants per square mile (464.2/km2). There were 6,983 housing units at an average density of 544.3 per square mile (210.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.6% White, 0.8% African American, 1.8% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 6,567 households of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.9% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 39.9 years. 19.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.2% male and 49.8% female.

In October, 2016 the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency projected that Jamestown would lose 2.1% of its population by the next census. It also reported that it projected a 4% population drop in the nine counties surrounding Jamestown and is considered Jamestowns primary trade area.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,527 people, 6,505 households, and 3,798 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,246.7 per square mile (481.5/km²). There were 6,970 housing units at an average density of 559.6 per square mile (216.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.84% White, 0.36% African American, 1.21% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

The top 6 ancestry groups in the city are German (54.0%), Norwegian (22.4%), Irish (9.0%), English (6.6%), Swedish (4.1%), Russian (3.8%). Many area families cite their heritage as "Germans from Russia", in reference to ethnic Germans who settled in the Russian Empire in the 18th century, many of whose descendants emigrated to the United States in the late 19th century.

There were 6,505 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.85.

The age distribution is 21.7% under the age of 18, 12.7% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,500, and the median income for a family was $42,245. Males had a median income of $28,310 versus $20,225 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,686. About 6.5% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions

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The World's Largest Buffalo statue in Jamestown

Jamestown Reservoir, a series of three, interlocking, 12-mile-long artificial lakes formed by Jamestown Dam, a flood control a dam on the James River at the north end of the city, is home to watersports and recreational fishing. Jamestown is home to two 18-hole golf courses—Hillcrest Golf Course and Jamestown Country Club—as well as the Jamestown Civic Center, which hosts concerts, University of Jamestown basketball games, other large events, and the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame; other sporting facilities include Jack Brown Stadium, one of North Dakota's historic baseball parks. Jamestown is also home to two disc golf courses, an 18-hole recreational course in Klaus Park, and a 27-hole championship course on the island and surrounding land in the Jamestown Reservoir. The Island Course was the site of the 8th Annual North Dakota Disc Golf Championships in 2007.

The city of Jamestown is also home to The Jamestown Arts Center ([1]), located in the heart of downtown. The Arts Center is home to a year-round exhibition gallery, community theater stage, a venue for visual arts performances, art workshops and classes, ceramics studio and a beautiful green space known as The Art Park. Jamestown also features the World's Largest Buffalo, a 26-ft tall sculpture of an American bison.

Transportation

Jamestown Regional Airport serves the city providing scheduled flights to all four major North Dakotan metropolitan areas, as well as chartered flights out of state.

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