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McLean County
Historic McLean County Courthouse, now Historical Museum.
Historic McLean County Courthouse, now Historical Museum.
Map of North Dakota highlighting McLean County
Location within the U.S. state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Dakota
Founded March 8, 1883 (created)
November 1, 1883 (organized)
Named for John A. McLean
Seat Washburn
Largest city Garrison
Area
 • Total 2,328 sq mi (6,030 km2)
 • Land 2,111 sq mi (5,470 km2)
 • Water 217 sq mi (560 km2)  9.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,771
 • Density 4.1972/sq mi (1.6205/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

McLean County ( mə-KLAYN) is a county in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 9,771. Its county seat is Washburn.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,328 square miles (6,030 km2), of which 2,111 square miles (5,470 km2) is land and 217 square miles (560 km2) (9.3%) is water. It is the third-largest county in North Dakota by land area and second-largest by total area.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 83.svg U.S. Highway 83
  • North Dakota 28.svg North Dakota Highway 28
  • North Dakota 37.png North Dakota Highway 37
  • North Dakota 53.png North Dakota Highway 53
  • North Dakota 41.png North Dakota Highway 41
  • North Dakota 200.png North Dakota Highway 200
  • North Dakota 1804.png North Dakota Highway 1804

National protected areas

McLean County has more National Wildlife Refuges than any other county in the United States.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 860
1900 4,791 457.1%
1910 14,496 202.6%
1920 17,266 19.1%
1930 17,991 4.2%
1940 16,082 −10.6%
1950 18,824 17.1%
1960 14,030 −25.5%
1970 11,251 −19.8%
1980 12,383 10.1%
1990 10,457 −15.6%
2000 9,311 −11.0%
2010 8,962 −3.7%
2020 9,771 9.0%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,962 people, 3,897 households, and 2,600 families residing in the county. The population density was 4.25/sqmi (1.64/km2). There were 5,590 housing units at an average density of 2.65/sqmi (1.02/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.0% white, 7.0% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 54.4% were German, 24.6% were Norwegian, 6.5% were Irish, 5.6% were Swedish, 5.1% were English, and 3.6% were American.

Of the 3,897 households, 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.3% were non-families, and 29.0% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.75. The median age was 49.1 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,922 and the median income for a family was $62,686. Males had a median income of $48,906 versus $29,431 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,029. About 6.5% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Amundsville
  • Andrews
  • Aurena
  • Blackwater
  • Blue Hill
  • Butte
  • Byersville
  • Cremerville
  • Deepwater
  • Dogden
  • Douglas
  • Gate
  • Greatstone
  • Horseshoe Valley
  • Lake Williams
  • Longfellow
  • Loquemont
  • Malcolm
  • McGinnis
  • Medicine Hill
  • Mercer
  • Otis
  • Roseglen
  • Rosemont
  • Saint Mary
  • Snow
  • Turtle Lake
  • Victoria
  • Wise

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Communities flooded by Garrison Dam

  • Elbowoods
  • Red Butte, Mandan community
  • Lucky Mound
  • Nishu
  • Beaver Creek
  • Independence
  • Shell Creek
  • Charging Eagle
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