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McClusky, North Dakota
Sign entering McClusky on Highway 200 westbound
Sign entering McClusky on Highway 200 westbound
Location of McClusky, North Dakota
Location of McClusky, North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°29′3″N 100°26′32″W / 47.48417°N 100.44222°W / 47.48417; -100.44222Coordinates: 47°29′3″N 100°26′32″W / 47.48417°N 100.44222°W / 47.48417; -100.44222
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Sheridan
 • Total 0.37 sq mi (0.96 km2)
 • Land 0.37 sq mi (0.96 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,923 ft (586 m)
 • Total 380
 • Estimate 
 • Density 981.13/sq mi (378.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-49020
GNIS feature ID 1030134

McClusky is a city in Sheridan County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Sheridan County. The population was 380 at the 2010 census. McClusky was founded in 1905. It is the closest town to the geographical center of North Dakota, which lies approximately five miles to the southwest.


McClusky was laid out in 1905 when the railroad was extended to that point. The city was named for William Henderson McClusky, an early settler. A post office called McClusky has been in operation since 1903.


The Red River Valley and Western Railroad ran to McClusky and further west until the early 1990s, with formal abandonment of the rail line occurring in 2000. North Dakota Highway 200 which runs through downtown is popular with cross-country cyclists. There is also an airport for small planes, the McClusky Municipal Airport.


McClusky is located at 47°29′3″N 100°26′32″W / 47.48417°N 100.44222°W / 47.48417; -100.44222 (47.484280, -100.442103).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 517
1920 646 25.0%
1930 719 11.3%
1940 924 28.5%
1950 850 −8.0%
1960 751 −11.6%
1970 664 −11.6%
1980 658 −0.9%
1990 492 −25.2%
2000 415 −15.7%
2010 380 −8.4%
2019 (est.) 364 −4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 380 people, 206 households, and 103 families residing in the city. The population density was 974.4 inhabitants per square mile (376.2/km2). There were 278 housing units at an average density of 712.8 per square mile (275.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.8% White, 0.5% African American, 2.9% Native American, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 206 households, of which 13.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.0% were non-families. 47.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 27.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.84 and the average family size was 2.58.

The median age in the city was 54 years. 17.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.8% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 37.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.5% male and 55.5% 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, McClusky has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


McClusky School District is the local school district.

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