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Kief, North Dakota
Kief City Hall as seen in 2008
Kief City Hall as seen in 2008
Location of Kief, North Dakota
Location of Kief, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County McHenry
Founded 1908
Incorporated (village) 1916
Incorporated (city) 1967
Named for Kyiv, Ukraine
Area
 • Total 1.25 sq mi (3.23 km2)
 • Land 1.23 sq mi (3.18 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
1,670 ft (509 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 8
 • Density 11.41/sq mi (4.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-42660
GNIS feature ID 1029735

Kief is a city in McHenry County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 8 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area. Kief was founded in 1908.

History

Kief was founded in 1908 as a station along the Soo Line Railroad. The city was named by Ukrainian settlers after the city of Kiev in Ukraine. Kief was the traditional spelling for Kiev at the time. A post office was established in 1909 and the town was later incorporated as a village in 1916. It achieved a peak population of 307 in 1920. It became a city in 1967, after the North Dakota Legislature enacted legislation that eliminated all existing incorporation titles for towns and villages in the state.

Geography

Kief is located in Land Township roughly 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Drake, North Dakota.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2), of which, 1.22 square miles (3.16 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 307
1930 139 −54.7%
1940 159 14.4%
1950 135 −15.1%
1960 97 −28.1%
1970 46 −52.6%
1980 36 −21.7%
1990 24 −33.3%
2000 13 −45.8%
2010 13 0.0%
2020 8 −38.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 13 people, 8 households, and 4 families residing in the city. The population density was 10.7 inhabitants per square mile (4.1/km2). There were 12 housing units at an average density of 9.8 per square mile (3.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 8 households, of which 12.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 25.0% were married couples living together, 25.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.0% were non-families. 50.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 25% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.63 and the average family size was 2.25.

The median age in the city was 55.8 years. 7.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 0.0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 0.0% were from 25 to 44; 69.3% were from 45 to 64; and 23.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.8% male and 46.2% female.

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