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Leith, North Dakota
Leith in 2009
Leith in 2009
Location within Grant County and North Dakota
Location within Grant County and North Dakota
Coordinates: 46°21′32″N 101°38′10″W / 46.35889°N 101.63611°W / 46.35889; -101.63611Coordinates: 46°21′32″N 101°38′10″W / 46.35889°N 101.63611°W / 46.35889; -101.63611
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Grant
 • Total 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Land 1.24 sq mi (3.20 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
2,343 ft (714 m)
 • Total 16
 • Estimate 
 • Density 12.13/sq mi (4.68/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-45860
GNIS feature ID 1029862

Leith ( LEETH) is a city in Grant County, North Dakota, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16.


Leith was founded in 1910 along a Milwaukee Road branch line that separated from the railroad's Pacific Extension in McLaughlin, South Dakota, and ran to New England, North Dakota. The name was given by railroad officials and comes from the harbor town of Leith near Edinburgh, Scotland. This line was abandoned in 1984, isolating Leith, as none of the primary highways in the area were constructed to go through the city.

White nationalists

In 2012, after moving to Leith, Craig Cobb began buying up land, at one point, reportedly owning at least 12 plots of land. Craig has expressed a desire to turn the town into a white nationalist community. As a reaction to Cobb, some locals have advocated to disincorporate Leith back into Grant County proper. In November 2013 Cobb was arrested and charged with three counts of terrorizing stemming from an incident in which he confronted another town resident with both a shotgun and a rifle.

Today, Cobb no longer owns any buildings in Leith. He deeded six properties back to the town at no charge and sold off a few others. Three are still owned by other white supremacists, but they have shown little inclination to take up where Cobb left off.


Leith is located at 46°21′32″N 101°38′10″W / 46.35889°N 101.63611°W / 46.35889; -101.63611 (46.358871, -101.636202). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2), of which, 1.23 square miles (3.19 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. Leith is located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Carson, North Dakota.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 158
1930 174 10.1%
1940 166 −4.6%
1950 160 −3.6%
1960 100 −37.5%
1970 92 −8.0%
1980 59 −35.9%
1990 43 −27.1%
2000 28 −34.9%
2010 16 −42.9%
2019 (est.) 15 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 16 people, 8 households, and 5 families residing in the city. The population density was 13.0 inhabitants per square mile (5.0/km2). There were 18 housing units at an average density of 14.6 per square mile (5.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.8% White and 6.3% African American (each person makes up 6.3% of the population).

There were 8 households, of which 12.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 37.5% 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 2.00 and the average family size was 2.60.

The median age in the city was 55 years. 12.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 0.0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 31.4% were from 45 to 64; and 31.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

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