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Karlsruhe, North Dakota
A view of Karlsruhe
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Location of Karlsruhe, North Dakota
Location of Karlsruhe, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County McHenry
 • Total 0.75 sq mi (1.94 km2)
 • Land 0.75 sq mi (1.94 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,542 ft (470 m)
 • Total 87
 • Density 114.67/sq mi (44.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-41380
GNIS feature ID 1029714

Karlsruhe ( KARLSS-roo) is a city in McHenry County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 87 at the 2020 census. Karlsruhe was founded in 1912.

Old Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Wrought-Iron Cross Site, in or near Karlsruhe, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Karlsruhe features works by the artist Count Berthold von Imhoff.

Karlsruhe is also included in the Minot micropolitan statistical area.


Karlsruhe was named after the German city of Karlsruhe by Germans from Russia. Karlsruhe was first settled in the late 19th century by German pioneers moving toward northern American prairie lands. These pioneers and their early generations of relatives are buried in the St. Peter and Paul cemetery. In the town's early years, many German traditions were practiced regularly, however, throughout the years it has become an Americanized town, with very few of these traditions still present. Karlsruhe's population has continued to decrease to this day.


Karlsruhe is located at 48°5′27″N 100°37′15″W / 48.09083°N 100.62083°W / 48.09083; -100.62083 (48.090862, -100.620829).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.75 square miles (1.94 km2), all of it land.


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, Karlsruhe has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps. McHenry county has a higher number of natural disasters (24) than North Dakota's state average (12). Floods, storms, and snow are the most common of these disasters.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 258
1940 289 12.0%
1950 282 −2.4%
1960 221 −21.6%
1970 172 −22.2%
1980 164 −4.7%
1990 143 −12.8%
2000 119 −16.8%
2010 82 −31.1%
2020 87 6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 82 people, 36 households, and 25 families residing in the city. The population density was 109.3 inhabitants per square mile (42.2/km2). There were 61 housing units at an average density of 81.3 per square mile (31.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 36 households, of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 2.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.6% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.72.

The median age in the city was 49.3 years. 20.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.7% were from 25 to 44; 48.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 56.1% male and 43.9% female.


Karlsruhe was located along the main line of the Great Northern Railway (today the BNSF Railway).

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