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McHenry County, North Dakota
Map
Map of North Dakota highlighting McHenry County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded October 15, 1884
Seat Towner
Largest City Velva
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,912 sq mi (4,952 km²)
1,874 sq mi (4,854 km²)
38 sq mi (98 km²), 2.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

5,968
2.9/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.mchenrycountynd.com

McHenry County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,395. Its county seat is Towner.

The Territorial legislature formed McHenry County in 1873 from part of Bottineau County. The name comes from James McHenry, an early settler of Vermillion, South Dakota. The county government was first organized on October 15, 1884. Before becoming Towner in 1886, the county seat was Villard from 1884 to 1885 and Scriptown from 1885 to 1886. Both former seats are now ghost towns.

McHenry County is part of the Minot, ND Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,912 square miles (4,950 km2), of which 1,874 square miles (4,850 km2) is land and 38 square miles (98 km2) (2.0%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 2.svg U.S. Highway 2
  • US 52.svg U.S. Highway 52
  • North Dakota 14.svg North Dakota Highway 14
  • North Dakota 19.svg North Dakota Highway 19
  • North Dakota 41.png North Dakota Highway 41
  • North Dakota 53.png North Dakota Highway 53
  • North Dakota 97.png North Dakota Highway 97

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Cottonwood Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Wintering River National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,584
1900 5,253 231.6%
1910 17,627 235.6%
1920 15,544 −11.8%
1930 15,439 −0.7%
1940 14,034 −9.1%
1950 12,556 −10.5%
1960 11,099 −11.6%
1970 8,977 −19.1%
1980 7,858 −12.5%
1990 6,528 −16.9%
2000 5,987 −8.3%
2010 5,395 −9.9%
Est. 2015 5,968 10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,987 people, 2,526 households, and 1,699 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 2,983 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.73% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 45.4% were of German and 34.0% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 2,526 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 103.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,274, and the median income for a family was $35,676. Males had a median income of $25,740 versus $18,505 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,140. About 12.0% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,395 people, 2,377 households, and 1,527 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.9 inhabitants per square mile (1.1/km2). There were 2,948 housing units at an average density of 1.6 per square mile (0.62/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.8% white, 0.6% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.3% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry,

Of the 2,377 households, 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.8% were non-families, and 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age was 46.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,944 and the median income for a family was $54,350. Males had a median income of $36,625 versus $26,205 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,911. About 6.4% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 17.9% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Anamoose
  • Balfour
  • Bantry
  • Berwick
  • Bjornson
  • Brown
  • Cottonwood Lake
  • Deep River
  • Deering
  • Denbigh
  • Egg Creek
  • Falsen
  • Gilmore
  • Granville
  • Grilley
  • Hendrickson
  • Karlsruhe
  • Kottke Valley
  • Lake George
  • Lake Hester
  • Land
  • Layton
  • Lebanon
  • Little Deep
  • Meadow
  • Mouse River
  • Newport
  • Normal
  • North Prairie
  • Norwich
  • Odin
  • Olivia
  • Pratt
  • Riga
  • Rose Hill
  • Round Lake
  • Saline
  • Schiller
  • Spring Grove
  • Strege
  • Velva
  • Villard
  • Voltaire
  • Wagar
  • Willow Creek

Unincorporated communities

  • Norwich
  • Verendrye
  • Rangeley
  • Guthrie
  • Norfolk
  • Funston
  • Newport
  • Berwick
  • Denbigh
  • Riga
  • Kongsberg
  • Rising
  • Simcoe
  • Genoa
  • Kottkethal
  • Rose Hill
  • Cole Ford
  • Willowdale
  • Willow Vale
  • Willow Valley
  • Willow Creek
  • Milroy

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